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    • February 23, 2020 8:24 PM EST
    • This whole thread is making me rethink my On30 layout to see if I can squeeze in a loop.

    • February 22, 2020 8:47 PM EST
    • Found this 1970's footage of the Western Pacific through the Feather River Canyon, some good shots of the Keddie Wye near the end.

      Once they get into the canyon the 1 to 1 scenery begins to look like model railroad scenery, pretty cool.


    • February 22, 2020 1:42 PM EST
    • I have hauled many loads of lumber out of nearby Quincy, had no idea the loop was there. I want to visit the museum in Portola

    • February 22, 2020 11:52 AM EST
    • I've been to Keddie. It's a nice scenic drive down the Feather River. 

    • February 22, 2020 11:50 AM EST
    • That's really neat. I can visualize a WP Zephyr passenger train coming through there in the 60's.

    • February 21, 2020 11:10 PM EST
    • Dredging up an old thread

      But I and others discussed the Keddie Wye in this thread and I just ran across some video of the Wye and thought I woukd share.

      I have stood on the hillside above the tunnel, where most of this video was shot from, and watched trains as well as fished the river below

      Anyway enjoy some good train footage.


    • February 21, 2020 6:51 PM EST
    • Cliff Jennings said:

      Thanks John, I knew you'd like that. Can you imagine hand-cranking four people up a 1.5% grade for four miles (to Va City), then one or two miles more in the laterals, and then back? Well, gravity would help take it back, but still... 

      There's a page on hand cars that says the hand pedals soon lost favor to the two man lever method! 

      Blow me down Olive! I wish every hill was down!

    • February 21, 2020 4:39 PM EST
    • dupe post, due to double-tap I guess

    • February 21, 2020 4:39 PM EST
    • Thanks John, I knew you'd like that. Can you imagine hand-cranking four people up a 1.5% grade for four miles (to Va City), then one or two miles more in the laterals, and then back? Well, gravity would help take it back, but still... 

    • February 21, 2020 4:25 PM EST
    • Yup ya got me there Pardner, helps explain the splayed right leg too!

      Good catch.

    • February 21, 2020 4:12 PM EST
    • John Caughey said:

      Image result for Sutro tunnel entrance

      Cliff see the mule behind the passenger car? Last pic 


      John, I just ran across this additional shot of that rail car, thought you'd enjoy it. 



      I'll bet that mule driver had Popeye arms!



    • February 16, 2020 1:45 PM EST
    • Inconvenient, yeah ........ but it's better than plunging to your death I suppose 

    • February 15, 2020 9:26 PM EST
    • The EBT is one of my favorite railroads.  I have found memories of waking up one morning in 2011 at 3AM  so that I could light #15s fire and then later in the day operate is for a brief period.   Since 15 was rebuilt in 2005 and was out of service since the end of 2011. It is quite possible that it will get a boiler extension and be back in service next year.


      I hope someday to be able to get behind her throttle again sometime.




    • February 15, 2020 8:05 AM EST
    • I never thought I would see this in my lifetime. With the numbers Joe K. was throwing around the last few years I was nearly certain that he would end up selling the Mikados individually.  Now I realize why he did that.  Purely speculation on my part, but that was probably to determine a resale value for tax purposes. My guess is that the final number was significantly less than what has been tossed around over the past 10 years. The balance may have been considered a donation for tax purposes.  They are not discussing the finances, but some of it it will come out as real estate transactions are public records.


      In any case I am beyond excited to the point of being emotional.  As the familiar names of those who put this deal together were read; I couldn't help but feel relieved. A strong core group of long time EBT employees and FEBT members together with a power trio of connected businessmen with railroading in their blood. This immediately has a much better feel than the pie in the sky hopes that the EBTPA was putting forth with no backing.


      I'm just sorry that a few years back Joe K. was convinced to sell Mt. Union to the EBTPA and standard gauge #6 to an unknown party.  Perhaps acquiring Mt. Union is on the long term plan of the new foundation. It is a very important part of the interpretative story.


      Now I need to stay healthy and live long enough to see more than two locomotives in steam together (my first visit was the day after #12 went down) and to travel South of Orbisonia on an excursion train. I'm certain now, that in time, all of that will happen.

    • February 15, 2020 1:26 AM EST
    • Wishing the endeavor success!
      This rates very high on the scale of things which are really cool.

    • February 14, 2020 9:31 PM EST
    • Sorry for posts with just links.  I'm not sure how to do more than that on my phone.


        Thanks for posting the vid Ken!   Yeah, its been a very busy last few months with the FEBT.


      So,  this is about the best way things could have worked out.  The entire group of people involved here are terrific, and focused on all the right things.  This is going to be a very busy year at the Railroad. 

      The festivities were quite a hit today. There were around 200 or more people present.  The energy in the air was unmistakable.   It was incredible sight to see all the equipment out.  Some of it I had never seen in my 6 Years of volunteering there.  I'm looking forward to a new era where the the equipment will be working along side us at the work sessions.   We were already able to do a significant amount of prep for the coming rehabilitation spree that is now upon us this last work session.  In this the 60th anniversary year of the first rebirth I feel very honored to have been part of the second rebirth and am excited to continue to support this national treasure on it's new journey toward greatness.




      EBT’s big day



      EBT’s big day


      I even made it home by 6:00  to take my lovely lady out to dinner.