Nostalgic PLA Equipment Move
Part 8 - Widows Through The Canyon
Only a mile or so from the Niles
Canyon Railway Museum in Sunol, the
urban sprawl of the East Bay and Fremont comes to an end at "The
Canyon" as railfans and RR crews call it. Niles Canyon used to host two
railroad rights of way with WP's Oakland Sub on the south side and SP's
tracks on the northern end. Both mainlines lead to the central valley
via Pleasanton, Livermore, Altamont and Tracy. After SP dumped its ROW
in the early 80's, all trains on both the SP and UP (WP's new "merger
daddy") moved on to the UP Oakland Sub.
On Saturday January 8, 2005,
these were the tracks where the PLA
relocation museum train movement cut its way east on tis finaly leg to
the Hearst siding museum interchange track.
Here we are in the Canyon just west of Brightside where the UP tracks
cut under Niles Canyon road. This is after coming out of the long
Tunnel #1 and approaching the small Tunnel #2. Sprinted pretty fast
against traffic without a sidewalk or even real curb for this shot. I
think Engineer Lou is looking up at us.