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Steam & Excursion > Swanton Pacific
Date: 10/11/20 02:41
In 1979, railroad enthusiast Albert B. "Al" Smith began collecting the steam locomotives and equipment from the 1915 Panama–Pacific International Exposition Overfair Railway. With the help of many volunteers, he built the Swanton Pacific Railroad on his ranch. He donated the Overfair locomotive that is on permanent display in the lobby of the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento. Smith was also associated with Roaring Camp & Big Trees Narrow Gauge Railroad in Felton, and the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad in Los Gatos, and both railroads have locomotives named for him. --Wikipedia
Benefit for the Santa Cruz land trust with a picnic and rides on the historic trains of the Swanton Pacific inb fall of 1993. You will see Al Smith former mayor of Los Gatos and president of Orchard Supply Hardware who preserved the locmotives from the 1915 San Francisco Exposition. The ranch is located north of Davenport, California and recently burned in the complex fire. Covered elsewhere here on TO.
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