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Gum Grove Station

Taken on Shiloh Road, Solano County, Northern California. I went to photograph the Shiloh Wind Plant - but I "caught" a train!

 

The Western Railway Museum offers visitors an interurban ride over the re-electrified portion of the former SN interurban mainline to Gum Grove Station.

 

On September 3, 1913, the Oakland, Antioch and Eastern Railway opened its 93-mile route from San Francisco to Sacramento as a high-speed electric interurban railway. Constructed principally for passenger traffic, nine through trains in each direction sped through this then and still largely unpopulated section of Solano County. It is part of this historic railroad that the Association now owns.

Although regular passenger service on the Sacramento Northern line through Rio Vista Junction ended in 1940, many excursions were held over the SN with Association-owned equipment before de-electrification in 1953. In the 1960s and 1970s some trips, including trains of Key System bridge units hauled by an SN diesel or using Nevada Copper Belt gasoline motorcar #21, originated at the Museum and operated to Montezuma and Vacaville. In the pre-Amtrak era, popular "Rio Vista Junction Limited" excursions originated in the Bay Area and operated direct to the Museum with 21-car trains.

With declining freight service, the portion of the line between the Museum and Dozier (seven miles north of the Museum) was leased to the Association, first on a freight only basis. Eventually the lease was amended to allow the Museum to begin operation of its popular "Prairie Train" services that ran to the vernal pools at Jepson Prairie from 1985 - 1994.

To date, the Association has restored and re-electrified five miles of the old Sacramento Northern line to operation. The Western Railway Museum is one of the few places in the world that recreates an authentic interurban trip using original, restored rolling stock, running on the original rails. Although the overhead electrification is not original, it has been replicated to the original OA&E standards, using drawings and schematics preserved in our own archives. New electrification poles are placed within six inches of their original counterparts.

 

The information here appears on the Western Railway Museum website:

www.wrm.org/about/sacramento_northern.htm

 

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Taken on April 14, 2012