288Alton & Pacific fading fast - whither (wither?) the 2 locos?
- Mar 20, 2004We made a quick drive-by of the former Alton & Pacific Steam Railroad
site on Hwy 26 near Fortuna this afternoon (Sat 3/20). There seemes to
be a fairly serious "clean-up" in progress there.
Both the Divco Milk Truck and the other truck or trailer that Frank
Bayliss has used as mobile "billboards' have vanished since February.
The old station building's door has been either opened or broken out,
and from the road the building appears to have been gutted.
The shed that was still housing the two locomotives as of two years ago
appears to be intact, though I had not way of telling if the locos are
still in there - the 1930s Orenstein & Koppel "5 spot" and c1900 0-6-0t
"John Fowler" from Fiji. The bulkhead from NWP coach 79 is still
sitting in the open, but it appears they are dismantling or razing most
Perhaps the purchaser, John Spice, is or has been around to get this
stuff done - don't know what his plans might be for the two locomotives.
If there's anyone in the area with the interest/inclination to try to
see what's going on, it might best be tried sooner rather than later.
While nobody was seen on the property this afternoon, it might be that
the remaining "A&P' equipment is about to vanish completely.
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