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Date: 04/19/17 18:59
Yuba City CA 6/84
Author: callum_out

With nearly twenty years since the wires were dropped but with the Sutter, Pearson, and Chico branches
still in use the one engine facility at Yuba City remained in service. This would all change in the near
future as the yard office would close the job transferred to Portola.


Date: 04/20/17 02:50
Re: Yuba City CA 6/84
Author: gonx

I think the following year UP had a whopper freight train (STNP?) working all the industries between Stockton - Portola.  In addition to patching crews as crews got no where near Portola, they needed to have smaller units to work the Yuba City - Sutter segment. It was a real pain to tie down the caboose-less train at Marysville.. Many days the train ran with the larger 6 axle power and the Yuba work had to be skipped. Eventually, a local was restablished out of Oroville to work the former SN including the Alicia-Pearson branch.

Date: 04/20/17 06:32
Re: Yuba City CA 6/84
Author: qnyla

I recall the facility in Yuba City in that era and even visited several times in 1984. Thanks for posting the photo.

Date: 04/20/17 12:07
Re: Yuba City CA 6/84
Author: callum_out

Brain fade, Oroville, not Portola. The Chico ran the last few months out of Oroville, down the WP, across the bridge, out
the Sutter branch, up the SN to the SP at Live Oak, up the SP to Durham, up to city limits of Chico, wait until 7Pm and head
off to the airport with your five cars to go switch the Sierra-Pacific molding mill. Can't understand why that train didn't
just rake in the revenue!


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