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+ SP-4427 GS-3, San Jose Southern Pacific “GS” 4-8-4, #4427, passes the San Jose Lenzen Roundhouse with the New “Daylight Limited,” train #99, bound for San Francisco, 5:00 pm, Sunday, June 27, 1938

SP-4427 GS-3, San Jose

Southern Pacific “GS” 4-8-4, #4427, passes the San Jose Lenzen Roundhouse with the New “Daylight Limited,” train #99, bound for San Francisco, 5:00 pm, Sunday, June 27, 1938

+ SP-4421 4-8-4 GS-3, San Jose The engineer poses for the photographer in front of his new “Daylight Limited” locomotive #4421 at San Jose, 1937.

SP-4421 4-8-4 GS-3, San Jose

The engineer poses for the photographer in front of his new “Daylight Limited” locomotive #4421 at San Jose, 1937.

Return to the Roots of Motive Power Open House. This time the 1918 Heisler is up and running. The valve timing is a little off, but it still runs strong. Glad to see it running.

+ SP 4412 GS-2 on test run of new Daylight Southern Pacific GS-2 4-8-4, #4412, is seen on test run of the “Daylight Limited” near Aromas, California. The train is running as second section of 2-70, 1937.

SP 4412 GS-2 on test run of new Daylight

Southern Pacific GS-2 4-8-4, #4412, is seen on test run of the “Daylight Limited” near Aromas, California. The train is running as second section of 2-70, 1937.

+ SP 4412 GS-2 Daylight, SLO-Horseshoe Curve  July 4th, 1937 The curve near Cuesta has just been reballasted. As the new Daylight tried to round the upgrade curve the locomotive drivers could not gain traction. Finally a 2-10-2 was called out from San Luis Obispo to add a little tractive effort.

SP 4412 GS-2 Daylight, SLO-Horseshoe Curve 
July 4th, 1937

The curve near Cuesta has just been reballasted. As the new Daylight tried to round the upgrade curve the locomotive drivers could not gain traction. Finally a 2-10-2 was called out from San Luis Obispo to add a little tractive effort.

Argent Lumber #5. A 2-6-2 narrow gauge side rod locomotive. One of only two narrow gauge side rod locomotives built by Lima Locomotive works, they later returned to their successful production of Shay Locomotives. 

+ This was a test run of the first GS-2 to arrive on the property. It is shown here on the headend of the Coast Local #72 leaving Watsonville Junction, California. Note the Lima test engineer in the gangway, 1937.

This was a test run of the first GS-2 to arrive on the property. It is shown here on the headend of the Coast Local #72 leaving Watsonville Junction, California. Note the Lima test engineer in the gangway, 1937.

+ On a cold winter morning in 1947 at Eaton’s Crossing in the Pajaro Valley, the “Daylight Limited,” #98 comes out of the Aromas cut at speed (79 mph). Drivers down, smoke straight back and the 20-car train in bright sunlight.

On a cold winter morning in 1947 at Eaton’s Crossing in the Pajaro Valley, the “Daylight Limited,” #98 comes out of the Aromas cut at speed (79 mph). Drivers down, smoke straight back and the 20-car train in bright sunlight.

Southern Pacific P-8 Pacific Class Locomotive 2472. Owned by the Golden Gate Railroad Museum this 4-6-2 makes many excursions a year including this one during the labor day weekend.  Sister Locomotive to the P-8 2467 at the CSRM and the P-10 Class 2479 at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.

+ C. P. R .R. Locomotive 116 “White Eagle” 4-4-0 Danforth & Cook 15x22, 1860’s. Danforth-Cooke located in Paterson, New Jersey, manufactured steam railroad locomotives from 1852 until it was merged with seven other manufacturers to form American Locomotive Company (ALCO) in 1901. ALCO continued building new locomotives at the Cooke plant until 1926, producing nearly 3000 locomotives.

C. P. R .R. Locomotive 116 “White Eagle” 4-4-0 Danforth & Cook 15x22, 1860’s. Danforth-Cooke located in Paterson, New Jersey, manufactured steam railroad locomotives from 1852 until it was merged with seven other manufacturers to form American Locomotive Company (ALCO) in 1901. ALCO continued building new locomotives at the Cooke plant until 1926, producing nearly 3000 locomotives.