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Santa Clara River Valley Railroad Historical Society
Current Restoration Project
The Santa Clara River Valley Railroad Historical Society has recently acquired a 25 ton GE diesel industrial switch engine. It was located at an oil refinery in the Martinez, CA area, where it had been resting on blocks, out of service, for many years. The builder’s plate indicates it was built in 1941. The prime mover is a 150 HP Cummins diesel, and it is equipped with air brakes. Beyond these few facts, little is known about ownership history, service life, or maintenance and repair records.
Our goal is to return this locomotive to service condition for operation at special SCRVRHS educational events, and operating demonstrations.
We need your help, and we are actively recruiting volunteers for restoration work days. All volunteers must be current SCRVRHS members, and so, we enthusiastically invite you to become a member of the Santa Clara River Valley Railroad Historical Society, and join the fun as we restore and return this artifact of history to active duty.
For more information regarding the restoration progress please click HERE
SCRVRHS Turntable Put To Use!
On Saturday, June 16th, the SCRVRHS turntable got a revenue job!
Turning flat cars for the Union Pacific’s ‘Propeller train’. These 93’ long cars haul propellers used in electric generating wind machines like the ones you see in the pass near Palm Springs. President Ron Lewis got the call from the Fillmore & Western and in a short two hours, had the turntable in operation. This could become a regular job and an income generator for SCRVRHS.
Thanks Ron for jumping at the chance and spending an afternoon spinning cars!
(Photos by Ron Lewis)
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Steam now in Fillmore!
In recognition and appreciation of the volunteers who assisted, helped and otherwise supported the restoration of the 1913 Baldwin Steam Locomotive #14, a special commemorative journey occurred on Sunday, January 2nd, 2011.