August 16, 2003
3rd Annual Narrow Gauge Meet




Harry Haass' D&RGW No. 476, a 2-8-2 K-28. Railroading is a family affair with the Harry Haass family - Junior and Senior - each taking a shift during the days of its construction! This loco first ran in 1990 after two years of building.


Bill Brunner's St. Paul & Harbor Pines RR "Minnehaha". The railroad name is fictitous, being made up of Bill's home town in Minnesota and his present home of Harbor Pines (near Lomita, CA). Minnehaha is a street in St. Paul where Great Northern steam locomotives could be watched from a bridge under which they passed. Bill watched those trains as a very young boy. The blast of steam and soot is forever emblazened in his mind.


Cab of the "Minnehaha". Its construction took about 3.5 years. It was built from an Allen mogul (2-6-0) to an 1880s style.


SR&RL No. 5 (0-4-4).


Busy turntable area looking over the cab of SR&RL No. 5.


No. 476 backs off the turntable and out into the yard.


S.P.C. Railway No. 3.


The prototype of this Pacific Coast Railway No. 6, a 4-4-0, was originally built for wood, then rebuilt for coal, and rebuilt again for oil (which may have beaten the Southern Pacific to the use of oil). The San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum's collection includes the boiler from the original engine. It washed up out of the ocean in 1983, about 80 years after being dumped there following a boiler "explosion" that destroyed the locomotive, and remains in deplorable condition.


Jack Bodenmann's new saddle tank steamer.


The front of Jack's saddle tank.


Steaming up...


Central City and Surf Railroad.


Quite the lineup at the steaming bays around the turntable.


St. Paul & Harbor Pines RR "Minnehaha".


D&RGW No. 476 on the turntable.

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