Santa Cruz & Monterey Bay Railway : Service On The Santa Cruz Branch Line
Yesterday I heard SC 1101 was out of service and SC 1102 would be shoving the Train To Christmas Town from the station in Watsonville to Christmas Town. My wife and I had been working in our crawlspace most of the day and a short getaway to Watsonville would be a nice break.
 
We took Highway 1 and got off at the Buena Vista exit, but the road was closed by PG&E due to downed power lines being repaired. I did not think we would make it to the Buena Vista crossing in time to meet the train now, but we headed to Watsonville to see if we could take an alternate route and catch them as they returned to the station from Christmas Town. We did not see them as we drove past the farm fields and slough, but we did manage to get ahead of them before they arrived at the crossing. I noticed that PG&E had put up a road closure sign that the Chateau Ste. Michelle would have surely hit as it passed through the crossing so I moved it just before they arrived.
 
Toot . . toot . . it’s engineer John Smith on point as the train is shoved through the Buena Vista crossing.
 
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Engineer Jeff Weeks waves from the cab as SC 1102 clears the crossing.
 
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Instead of going on to Christmas Town we stayed at the crossing waiting for their return. Luckily we brought umbrellas because it started to rain. My wife held an umbrella above me as I photographed SC 1102 passing through the crossing on their return from Christmas Town.
 
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(12-13-2014, 10:41 AM)Fluffy89502 Wrote:  Howard, do you think that the South Pacific Coast Railroad should be reconstructed?

If you want to ask this, you need to start a separate thread.
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F9 SC 1101 returned to service this afternoon on the Train To Christmas Town after successfully completing a test run this morning out past the Buena Vista crossing. SC 1101 is on point with SC 1102 coupled behind on the return trip to Watsonville this afternoon.


 
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Howard, in a hundred years people will be looking at your photos in a history book. When I saw the smile on that ironworker I thought of some photos I saw of ironworkers constructing the Empire State building. Its pretty awesome documenting history. That bridge will be around for generations, and hopefully the RR too.
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(12-14-2014, 08:24 PM)orange choo choo Wrote:  Howard, in a hundred years people will be looking at your photos in a history book. When I saw the smile on that ironworker I thought of some photos I saw of ironworkers constructing the Empire State building.  Its pretty awesome documenting history. That bridge will be around for generations, and hopefully the RR too.

   
Eric, I am drawn to the human element in the construction of structures and other things. Including the workers in photographs of the construction will allow viewers 100 years from now to connect with the past.
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Here is a photograph of SC 1101 and SC 1102 coupled in the elephant lash-up at the station after we arrived back from the test run yesterday morning. SC 1101 will be turned and placed at the other end of the consist for the remainder of the Trains To Christmas Town trips.
 
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Click the link below for a short video from last Sunday of the Train To Christmas Town passing through the Buena Vista Drive crossing on its way to Christmas Town. The Santa Cruz & Monterey Bay Railway's F9's are in a rarely seen elephant lash-up for this day's run only. Sorry the video is not better. It is an old camera and I don’t shoot video very often.

The Train To Christmas Town At The Buena Vista Crossing
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