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Date: 04/03/21 13:37
Close to a year ago at Elmira, CA, April 26, 2020
Author: IC_2024

We see #6 coming as heat waves rise over the old house track that still sees occasional M of Way equipment.   The "Covid" Zephyr is still running daily, but has a little less than six months to go before all LDT's are cutback, except for Auto-Train.
Always like seeing the Veteran's engine, #42, and looking forward to seeing the new schemes, too.



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Date: 04/03/21 13:47
Re: Close to a year ago at Elmira, CA, April 26, 2020
Author: IC_2024

And there she goes...




Date: 04/03/21 13:53
Re: Close to a year ago at Elmira, CA, April 26, 2020
Author: IC_2024

And the peaceful song of a red-winged blackbird returns while the "silent sentinel of safety" guards the mainline...




Date: 04/03/21 14:24
Re: Close to a year ago at Elmira, CA, April 26, 2020
Author: WAF

wasn't that the track to the beet loader?



Date: 04/03/21 14:28
Re: Close to a year ago at Elmira, CA, April 26, 2020
Author: IC_2024

WAF Wrote:
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> wasn't that the track to the beet loader?

I wasn't aware of one at Elmira, but there's still one at Sucro, just east of Dixon.   M of Way severed the connection there when beets left around 1997, but the signal protecting the #2 main is oddly still there.



Date: 04/03/21 14:31
Re: Close to a year ago at Elmira, CA, April 26, 2020
Author: wpamtk

There were beet cars in the spur at Elmira when I shot the 4449 there in 1984. Made for a very "SP" photo.



Date: 04/03/21 14:45
Re: Close to a year ago at Elmira, CA, April 26, 2020
Author: IC_2024

Very nice-- so there's your answer, WAF.   I got out here in '88, so never saw any beet gons there,, but wpamtk saw them, and has "photo' proof of it, too ( nowww, where oh where could that little ol' slide be?!?)  lol



Date: 04/03/21 16:35
Re: Close to a year ago at Elmira, CA, April 26, 2020
Author: WAF

IC_2024 Wrote:
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> WAF Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > wasn't that the track to the beet loader?
>
> I wasn't aware of one at Elmira, but there's still
> one at Sucro, just east of Dixon.   M of Way
> severed the connection there when beets left
> around 1997, but the signal protecting the #2 main
> is oddly still there.
Elmira, Sucro and Webster or Swingle were the Cal-P beet dumps. And on the date you took that picture and changed the year to 1982, there would be beet gons everywhere being loaded as Sptreckles at Spreckles ran a 3 month campaign off of those loaders between April and June. Later that summer Spreckles at Woodland would run a short campaign out of Webster



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Date: 04/03/21 22:05
Re: Close to a year ago at Elmira, CA, April 26, 2020
Author: BoilingMan

That looks to be a wicked long lens- what is that thing?!
SR



Date: 04/03/21 23:02
Re: Close to a year ago at Elmira, CA, April 26, 2020
Author: TCnR

Any ideas where the track to the old branch would be? Did it become the beet spur, or was it totally something different?

I do remember seeing the old RoW approaching Vacaville at a couple of places, but never went out to Elmira until much later.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaca_Valley_and_Clear_Lake_Railroad

+ went to historicaerials dot com and I think I see what's going on, the water tank is visible and the branch curving to the west, Interesting stuff.

+ and this one:
Date: 01/04/04 14:59
Elmira, CA
Author: stash
https://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?1,667131,667617#msg-667617



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Date: 04/04/21 12:26
Re: Close to a year ago at Elmira, CA, April 26, 2020
Author: Badorder

The beet loading track was on the eastbound side of the track and there was also a long center siding there also.

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