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Comment by Andrew Roth on December 12, 2016 at 10:57am

Pretty sure the boxcar and caboose went with 3804, did not return. 

Comment by Richard C. Brand on December 12, 2016 at 10:53am

Anybody know if the caboose and boxcar returned with 1922?

Comment by Don Underwood on December 12, 2016 at 2:16am

3804 - (L. Potts)
"Braced against the rain and rust out on that dead end spur 
A target for the taggers - a shame to be endured 
Pushed you off among the weeds - said you were too old 
Aside that lonely depot they left you in the cold..." 

Comment by Richard C. Brand on December 11, 2016 at 10:33pm

Peter:  thank you for that link.  It was a wonderful listen and a great salute as only music can do.

I will offer in more than 140 characters that I must have seen her as a part of a 3 loco consist pulling freight south on the line in the mid '80's. 

At that time I was leasing one of my grape hauling trucks to a feed distribution business in downtown Ukiah and I would frequently have to drive from the Peninsula up along 101 to do maintenance on that truck.  On one of trips in November I remember seeing a southbound freight with SP markings winding its way slowly along the Russian River RoW and one of those locos was probably 3804 already almost 40 years old.

Like a war horse this machine had done its work and was surely worn out.  Any thoughts that a 1948 vintage 1500 HP diesel could still pull its weight is fantasy.  

The salutation from L. K. Potts is a fitting tribute to an SP warhorse. 

Comment by Scott Kremer on December 11, 2016 at 5:38pm

Nice pic JPM! Would've loved to see this 

Comment by Richard C. Brand on December 11, 2016 at 5:36pm


This seems to be one of the old derelicts.  Is that correct?

I wonder how they got FRA approval to pull it onto the main line to get to Stockton.

Sebastian, can FRA grant a waiver to do this?

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