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Comment by David L ILLICH on April 13, 2014 at 6:03pm

TOMMY  thank you my cam battery went dead so i have not been out today to shot photos

and i had more than one set

there will be a train monday ballast cars and ties and hoppers out at shellville

Comment by Tommy Tommy on April 13, 2014 at 4:38pm

David I. I was looking forward to San Jose Creek pictures but it appears you couldn't get out there to capture the construction in progress. I went out to day and got a few pics to document the work, will post later

Comment by Dave S. on April 13, 2014 at 1:11pm

There was a small cement plant at the end of Hanna Ranch Road, and I do remember when a spur came off of the mainline to serve it (points were north facing on mainline).  As I've mentioned a couple of times on here previously, it seemed like SP couldn't wait to rip out spurs that were disused.  Never was sure of their motivation:  scrap value, or to reduce the number of switches on the mainline requiring inspection and maintenance.  Switches increase the risk of derailment, so getting rid of them improves safety, somewhat.  Or it could be their way of driving another nail in the coffin of abandonment, one spur at a time.

Yes, the Hanna Ranch Rd. site does appear to be an ATV/MX park now, but I'm sure the landowner doesn't approve.  It's surprising that Novato hasn't made a big stink about the deleterious environmental effects these trespassers cause.  I'm all for motorsports, but nothing is being done to control erosion or water quality.

Back to this photo:  To me, this doesn't look like a view of the former spur (but TT has proven me wrong previously).  At best it could be the Ignacio Wye leg between Black Point and San Rafael (the south-east leg).  One argument I will offer:  during the years that the cement plant spur existed, I don't think the orange erosion control fencing had been invented yet.

The white rock looks correct for the Ignacio Wye area, but the vegetation on the right should be swapped with the bare areas on the left.  At first this photo looked like the hairpin curve around Schellville, but the background hills are wrong.

Seeing milepost 26 isn't helping me!

I'm mystified!

Comment by Tommy Tommy on April 12, 2014 at 9:23pm

there was a siding in 1970 spins. It was mcphails. I'm assuming it was this plant. There could have been one in costco area of course. I do have pic of the plant, but the SPINS doesn't have mile markers on it so...

Comment by David L ILLICH on April 12, 2014 at 9:15pm

next one i wil cut out mile markers


yes there was a cement plant there at on time but no siding that i rember

Comment by Tommy Tommy on April 12, 2014 at 9:12pm

it was mcphails on the left...235 on the 1970 circa SPINS. Now it's a ATV type park. I wonder who owns it, whetehr they charge people to use it

Comment by Tommy Tommy on April 12, 2014 at 8:56pm

also I recognize that hill in background without many trees on the side facing camera. but the curve of the track looks like a wye track curve... there used to be a cement plant to the left here and a siding into it I suppose

Comment by Tommy Tommy on April 12, 2014 at 8:54pm

here's how I figured it out: there is a mp 26 sign in the left of the photo. 

Comment by David L ILLICH on April 12, 2014 at 8:47pm

right taking at the road crossing hwy 37 under

Comment by Tommy Tommy on April 12, 2014 at 8:44pm

but the curve in this photo looks way sharper than the one in real life 

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