Sunday, November 05, 2006

Foothill Rails Website Updated

John Barnhill has updated his Foothill Rails website at He has included a photograph of the Diamond & Caldor engine house and water tank from my personal collection.

I've dated this picture circa 1951 based in the Willies station wagon.

Four Shay locomotives are visible. The No. 4 sits tucked away in its usual stall. I've never seen a photo from the 1940s and 1950s that shows the No. 4 in any stall but the southern one.

The No. 10 is spotted just before the water tank. Two other Shays (likely a combination of Nos. 6, 7 and 8) sit inside the engine house. The Shay to the north of the No. 4 is missing its number plate.

The three Shays inside the engine house are served by the three-way stub switch between the No. 10 and water tank. The road in front of the Willies is an early dirt version of the current Missouri Flat Road. A fifth Shay may be located in stall no. 3 behind the No. 10.

When I purchased this photo, it didn't come with a date or the name of the photographer. The slightly yellowed original picture is a 2-3/8 by 3-1/4-inch snapshot. The photo was glued into an album.

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