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Santa Susana Depot

by on Apr.07, 2013, under SMVRR, Uncategorized

While on a little weekend getaway with Lynn, we stopped in at the Santa Susana Depot. Very nicely done restoration, museum, HO layout, etc. And what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a 3-some of GE 70-tonners pulling a train!

Photos: (the depot photos start about halfway down)



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Launched New Website for MOW

by on Feb.14, 2012, under Uncategorized

I just launched a new website for Motorcar Operators West (MOW), a nonprofit group for owners/operators of railroad track “speeders”.

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North Pole Express (and more)

by on Dec.11, 2010, under Uncategorized

We did a little getaway weekend for Poppa’s birthday! The main event was the¬†North Pole Express¬†at the Fillmore and Western Railroad, but we also got to enjoy the Ventura Harbor, Whodidily Cupcakes, and Chase Palm Park in Santa Barbara. All the photos are here:

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CSLRA Fall Meeting and Train Ride

by on Nov.11, 2010, under Uncategorized

Matt and I represented the Santa Maria Valley Railroad at the California Shortline Railroad Association’s (CLSRA) Fall Meeting and Train Ride, November 11-12, 2010. The trip took us from Sacramento to Reno and back over Donner Pass. Plenty of photos here:

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SMVRR Friends supported Speeder Run

by on Apr.10, 2010, under Friends-SMVRR, SMVRR, Uncategorized

The Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad supported a speeder run on the SMVRR today.

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Rotary Snowplow Frees BNSF Train (Jan 2010)

by on Feb.09, 2010, under Uncategorized

These photos were taken on the Bellwood Subdivision, between Seward and David City, Nebraska on the BNSF. Seward is about 25 miles west of Lincoln, on the Ravenna Sub. A few blizzards and sub zero temperatures coupled with moderate winds made for a beautiful, but, flash frozen environment. A freight train was snowed in at David City and a rotary snow plow was sent to clear the track of drifts that varied from 6ft or less up to 12ft in spots! The photos were taken on Jan. 8th through Jan. 10th. All the pics are here:


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