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Gems from the Archives – The Alameda Belt Line Story

November 14, 2008

I took a long trip out to the Archives on this namesake Island to look through their archives for any suitable information on the Alameda Belt Line, a tiny shortline loaded with character.. what I found is chronicled in the following post.

Credit is given to all those brave journalists who took photos and wrote articles chronicling this great shortline. I thank them for their will to preserve the past.
read this article

When the refrence locomotive #2144, they mean this ex-Santa Fe GP7u that they purchased when their ALCo’s went kaput.

closeup of S1

4 person railroad

OTR Balwdin visits ALB

Carfloat Operations!


Alco S1


(Note: I didn’t take these photos or write these articles, obviously, and cannot claim ownership to a scrap of paper here. If anybody has a problem with me posting half-century old newspaper articles, I’ll remove the articles from this site permanently, ASAP.)

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  1. leon theriault permalink
    May 21, 2013 2:45 am

    my grandfather clifford theriault was an engineer for the alameda belt line put more than a million miles on the short track in alameda. when i was about 9 years old {1950} i would ride with him on the train up and down the waterfront my grandfather retired about 1969

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