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Sacramento Valley Live Steamers Public Run 3/15/09

March 16, 2009

On Sunday, the Sacramento Valley Live Steamers (SVLS) ran their 2nd public run for the 2009 season. Our club steam locomotive has been down for several months now, and probably won’t return to service for a while because it needs a new boiler. I had the chance to operate three locomotives, SLVS’ own RS-3, and their GP40, and a fellow members’ GP9. An interesting note about the GP40, although the locomotive as built is a GP40, its number is in the Union Pacific’s GP38 numbering system. Two members brought their private trains, and I ran one of them, a Western Pacific GP9. I spent most of the morning pulling weeds on a few sidings, and that took about and hour and a half, I had 2 1/2 buckets worth of weeds when I was done. We also talked about reballasting a few tracks, which will probably be done on the next work day. All and all it was a good day, I look forward to the next.

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