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Former North Coast Railroad 3804 leaves the NWP and is pulled to CFNR interchange to be sent to her owner (BUGX) in Stockton. 3804 first came on to the NWP in 1992 with five other former SP GP9s including 3190, one of two surviving passenger service "Torpedo tube" GP9s out of the only four the SP ever owned. It served the NCR for four years, and the 1996 incarnation of the NWP for two before they shut down. The 3804 sat in Willits until 2001 when it was moved south to Petaluma in a special hospital train. It subsequently sat there for 10 years until 2011 when in one of it's first move, the new NWP moved it to Schellville where it joined other BUGX locomotives. As on 12/11/2016 3804 is the first of BUGX equipment to be moved out and will be followed by the rest in a short time.

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Comment by Richard C. Brand on December 12, 2016 at 11:28pm

Amazing capture Mike.  Thank you.  That coupling of 3804 and 1922 looks to me to be almost as historic (at least locally) as the laying of the Golden Spike.  By the way for you youngsters, one of the original golden spikes used to sit here in the Stanford University museum along with Leland Stanford's steam loco now on prominent display as you enter the Sacramento Rail museum. 

I am amazed that the air lines on those units all were in working order although they may have had to do some maintenance.  What was the false alarm air test? 

Thanks for including the picture of 3804 sitting behind the Petaluma depot.  I remember that image too.

Comment by Chad Glover on December 12, 2016 at 11:10pm
Is that a second track being built next to the spur?
Comment by Mike Davis on December 12, 2016 at 8:16pm
Video is up for those who were asking

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