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Jon love those stories, what lines did you operate when you were with Santa Fe?
For the majority of the Mt. Tam railroad's operation they did not run between the end of October and the beginning of April. The engine is a Shay; it was Lima Locomotive Works construction #498 and came from the Dollar Lumber Co. with engineer Johnson. Both the engine and engineer stayed put. I was a locomotive engineer on Santa Fe Railway and worked with a engineer named Bob Moulton who grew up in Mill Valley and knew all of these characters! Only problem was he never told me; I found out after he retired and died..
This is a superb photo, taken, I'd say, in 1896, right after the Mt. Tam. line opened. That's E.M. Jake Johnson running the engine; he brought in the first mule (this one) and ran the last, #8, scrapping the line in 1930. How he survived on a seasonal operation all those years one has to wonder.
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