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)
Having spent a couple years on the Northwestern Pacific, this Topeka Cab GP7u is now on its way to work for the Santa Maria Valley Railroad in Guadalupe, CA.
The passing of this train brought with it the end of an era for Sonoma County railroading, as this was the last train to cross the original Haystack swing bridge. Built by the San Francisco and No... (more)
GP7u #1322 rests alongside EMD/Baldwin VO-1000 #007 at the Northwestern Pacific depot in Schellville. #007 is currently inoperable, while #1322 sees occasional activity.