Our Santa Maria Valley Railroad (SMVRR) host tells the Alvin railroaders all about the GE 70-ton diesel - a REAL GE 70-ton diesel, No. 70 - sitting in the enginehouse. On the table before him is a broken crossing gate, recently struck by a truck. Apparently, "it happens all the time".
Not pictured, we also saw the depot building, the SMVRR office building, a locked switch stand and switch, and the trackage of the yard that was amazingly similar to the trackage on their platform.
Above, the entire class poses on the walkway of No. 1801, SMVRR's 1650-horsepower GP-9.|
We saw some amazingly powerful machining equipment in the enginehouse in addition to the engine.
The class poses again by No. 1801, this time up at the cab end with our SMVRR host up on the loco. The class has just finished going through the cab, and a few lucky students got to sound the horn!