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Comment by Sean Purtell on June 11, 2017 at 6:39pm

Jon love those stories, what lines did you operate when you were with Santa Fe?

Comment by Jon W. Kirchanski on August 20, 2016 at 1:41pm

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..

Comment by Jon W. Kirchanski on August 20, 2016 at 1:22pm

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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