Nostalgic PLA Equipment Move
Part 9 - Hearst
After the PLA train arrived at
Hearst Siding on UP's Oakland Sub
(halfway between Sunol and Pleasanton), the black widow/WP Geep light
power made a run-around and shove move for us railfans. Sun came out a
many times but also went away a few times with some light drizzle here
and there. This actually entertained us there at Hearst for a good hour
all while the Niles Canyon Railway crew was slowing but steadily
plucking its PLA members' cars from UP track to museum track. Made for
an interesting operation, kind of like model railroading.
After running around their
museum train on the main from the east
end of Hearst to the west end, the three unit power set pulled the
museum train back clear of the interchange stub track and handed things
over to the museum crew. Finally, Engineer Lou and crew switched ends
to make the SP5623 black widow as the lead unit for the short light
power move west to Shinn in Fremont to pick up the three PLA steam
locmotives. We'll pick up the steam towing action in parts 10 and 11.
Caught in the run-around move,
SP5623 is leading for the first time
of the day. Light power is heading back to the west end of Hearst to
shove the rear of the train into the Museum interchange stub track.