It's not every day you get to see an ex-ATSF unit, a GP7 at that, sharing the same rails with today's Union Pacific railroad operations. As the skies begin to clear from the morning, costal overca... (more)
Curving to the east at Betteravia Junction, BUGX 1322's train of 29 cars can be seen in its entirety as it makes the most of the 10mph speed limit. Built in 1952 for the Santa Fe, this 65-year-old... (more)
With the conductor on the ground flagging the crossing, BUGX 1322 leads its nine car train toward the Black Road grade crossing and past an aging barn as it heads for Osborn Yard. Once there, the ... (more)
With half their day's work complete, the crew of this morning's Santa Maria Valley Railroad run to Guadalupe has broke for lunch upon arriving back in Santa Mara and headed into town to find somet... (more)
BUGX 1322 switches out refrigerator cars from the PictSweet spur on a sunny afternoon. *This photo was taken with permission on SMVRR property while wearing full PPE*
With 20 cars on the drawbar, a nicely sized inbound train from Guadalupe, lead by the now 65-year-old, ex-ATSF 2901 curves to the east at Betteravia Junction as it heads to switch out tank cars fr... (more)
After bringing four cars laden with lumber down the Airbase Branch, BUGX 1322 brings one of the loaded center-beams north to spot it for unloading at the Hayward Lumber yard. After running around ... (more)
Looking down the right of way, one wonders...is this this Central Valley or the Santa Maria Valley? In reality, it's a warm morning in the small community of Betteravia, located just west of Santa... (more)
It's a beautiful, spring afternoon in Betteravia as the Santa Maria Valley Railroad's town job switches out tank cars prior to continuing east into town. Following an overly wet winter, it was onl... (more)
Deep in the heart of the Santa Maria Valley lies BUGX 1322, former ATSF 2109 built in 1952 and based out of Barstow. The locomotive has been leased to the new Northwestern Pacific and SMVR since b... (more)
One of the few remaining operable GE 70-tonners is sole power on SMV's "Town Job". After protecting the malfunctioning crossing, the train slowly continues to it's destination of Santa M... (more)
Santa Maria Valley job hauling twenty five cars of sugar beets from interchange with SP at Guadalupe to Union Sugar Refinery at Betteravia
An SMVRR cab hop heads back to the SP interchange yard at Guadalupe for another twenty five car cut of loaded sugar beets for the sugar mill at Betteravia.
Transfer job In Guadalupe. This train will be taking cars to Santa Maria, which is off the mainline and connected by the Santa Maria Valley Railroad to the interchange at Guadalupe.
The SMV Town Job heads towards Santa Maria on the day after the 4th of July holiday with a nice GE 70-ton for power.