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Roaring Camp and Big Trees Railroad

Some comments on these images. On a trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco, I chanced upon this small re-established logging line, with this then-derelict Climax waiting around in the yard for restoration. It was the middle of January, and there was no one around, so I wasn't able to get much in the way of detail for this loco.

Since publishing these on the web, four kind correspondents have written to me with information about the place. Here's what John Haskey (johnh@@cisco.com) said (13 Oct 1999):

The three photos (below) were taken outside the engine house of the Roaring Camp and Big Trees Narrow Gauge Railroad in Felton, CA. Felton is about 75 miles south of San Francisco and about 7.5 miles north of Santa Cruz.

The railroad was founded in the late 1950's on property which had never been logged nor had a railroad. The company also owns the remains of the ex South Pacific Coast, ex Southern Pacific branch line from Los Gatos to Santa Cruz. This line (its remains) is now known as the Santa Cruz, Big Trees, & Pacific (standard gauge) and excursion trains are run during the summer.

The RCBTNGRR currently has three operational engines, a two-truck shay, a three-truck shay, and a two-truck heisler. In addition to the climax you photographed there is an 0-4-2T locomotive undergoing restoration and a two-truck shay waiting for restoration. They own three narrow gauge diesels (two are operational).

Since your photos were taken, the boiler was removed from the climax. It looks very sad today. There is a web site at www.roaringcamprr.com but it is very tourist related and doesn't really have any railfan info. I live in the area and have spent many happy hours there....

Most recently (20020408) Roy Blaine said that he lived about 10 minutes drive from Roaring Camp, and that "they are still there and a lot of fun"! Thanks for that update, Roy! (Roy is also a Hudson and Garratt fan, so I referred him to the R class Hudsons and 60 class Garratts ...)

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Derick Cullen writes a postscript on these images, which, in my peevish way, I'll use as a foreword:

The H8 pictured here is at Mt. Clare B&O museum in Baltimore, Md. (was headquarters of B&O mechanical dept.from 1830s). C&O and B&O merged (together with others such as my favorite and lamented Wild Mary) to form CSX corp. Since then there have been a number of "foreign" C&O exhibits in Mt. Clare. This dilutes the B&O ambience IMHO, despite the capitol-like dome over the roundhouse, and the feeling of walking on hallowed ground (here worked Tom Cooper, John Davis, Ross Winans without precedent to create railways as we know them).

Good coverage of both C&O H8 and N&W Class A is in "The World's Greatest Mallets" by Eugene L. Huddleston (C&O Historical Society 1986) IBSN 0-939487-08-X. I bought mine in Washington so don't know about availability in Oz libraries etc. Might be available from C&O HS website shop.

Ol' 'Gene suggested C&O didn't use H8s properly (i.e. not suited for pooled drag service in the hills) and so did not realise full potential. Operational record of Class A seems a whole lot better than H8 despite most nominal specifications in favour of H8. Virginan operated H8 copies effectively. VGN usage parallel to N&W Class A over flat coastal division (Dismal Swamp division!) from Blue Ridge mountains to Newport in southern Va.

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