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Rail Fair '99, in Old Sacramento
Ca, hosted by the California State Railroad Museum and the Calfornia
State Parks department displayed the largest gathering of steam
locomotives in modern times. The third railfair hosted by the
museum, this event took place on June 18 -27, 1999. This is a
photo album of my railfair experience that lasted mostly over
the four weeks in June of '99 with various chases of the major
steam participants and activities at the fair itself. I will post
periodically photos & videos, as I have time. Enjoy.
During Rail Fair there were plenty of excursion
trips, UP 844 to Tehema, UP 3985 to Feather River Canyon, Yolo
Short Line to Clarksburg, Amtrak to Franklin Canyon on the old
Santa Fe and more. I decided to go down to the Amtrak station
in Sacramento the evening after the Franklin Canyon run and poke
around the Sacramento yard.
The passengers have deboarded and the Amtrak special
sits while the crews clean up.
Looking into the museum grounds after the fair closed
down for the night. This line that services the museum is the
old Isleton branch. You can see the I st. Bridge to the right.
Thirty years ago this yard would be bustling at this time of night,
all that is here now is a frieght every so often and an empty
yard except for UP 844 behind me in the dark barely in steam waiting
for her excursion to Tehema in the morning.
The end of a Cal-Train waiting to head back to San
Jose sits on track #4 at the Sacramento station.
A stack train out of Oakland headed east flys by
the quiet station at about 11:00pm.
Back at the fair.
Santa Fe #3751, restored in 1991 after 6 six years
of hard work this northern type locomotive is owned by
the San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society. #3751 ran the
Chief between Los Angeles and Kansas City between 1942
- 1946. Type 4-8-4, built 1927 baldwin Locomotive Works, fuel
- oil, wt. 874,364 lbs.
South Carolina Canal & Railroad, barely in the
photo this replica built 1928, 0-4-0, coal burner was built to
celebrate the 100 year aniversary of the original (1830). The
original ran the first passenger service in the USA. Best
Friend of Charleston
Mattole Lumber #1 (right)
and Kiso Forest #6 (left).
Kiso forest railway
operated in Japan hauling lumber, the loco was brought back to
the States in 1960 by her owner, H. Sorensen. Built 1929, type
0-4-2T, fuel - wood, gauge 36", wt. 28,000 lbs.
Fe #4419 C44-9W, dash 9s as they are called are the modern day
kings of the major freight lines. 6000 horse power, AC traction
SP steam crane # 7070
lifted a 50 ton electric industrial locomotive as a display through
out the fair. Owned by the museum.
Mt. Emily Lumber #1,
owned by the Oregon Historical Society, operates on the City of
Prineville Railroad in Oregon. This Shay locomotive hauled lumber
in Oregon, and Washington from 1928-1955. Built in 1923 by Lima,
type 3-truck Shay, fuel - oil, standard gauge, wt. 190,000.
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