Current Activities - 2022
Ardenwood Farm Regional Preserve is open for the season and
starting on April 1st we are operating trains behind our Plymouth Switcher
'Katie' pulling excursion cars WSLCo 5 and WSLCo 318, and our
historic picnic car NS 1725.
A lot of work has already been completed this Spring:
Historic narrow gauge steam locomotive Argent #5 arrived at its new
home at Ardenwood Historic Farm on May21, 2022. This 26-ton, 2-6-2
(Prairie) steam locomotive was built by Lima Locomotive Works in
1910 for the Williamson & Brown Land and Lumber
Company. It was sold in 1916 to the Argent Lumber Company Railroad
of Hardeville, South Carolina where it operated until 1956. Since
2013 the locomotive has been on loan to the Nevada County Narrow
Gauge Railroad Museum. The locomotive has now been purchased by two
individuals and they have leased Argent #5 to the SPCRR where it
will eventually be operated at Ardenwood. Argent #5 is already close
to being operational, but several tasks need to be done first. We
need to convert it from burning wood to using oil (burning wood is a
fire danger especially since our track runs through a eucalyptus
grove); it needs a new tender, and the boiler needs to have lagging
and a jacket installed. We expect this work to take about 2-4
years.You can see the locomotive later this year at SPCRR’s annual
Rail Fair over the Labor Day weekend, September 3-5, 2022. More
information on Rail Fair and how to purchase advanced tickets will
be posted on our Facebook page and on our website www.spcrr.org.
- Picnic car NS 1725 has been repainted a light brown -this is closer to
the unpainted wood that was probably used historically..
- New wooden bench seats have been installed on Excursion cars WSLCo 5
and WSLCo 318.
- All operations cars have been restored to link and pin couplers after
state approval. This will stop the 'impact' stress that happens when
using knuckle-couplers to couple cars.
- Our mainline track has been extended from the carbarn towards the
farmyard and a return track has been built from the end of the mainline
to the existing main line between Deer Park and the old William
Patterson Station site. This has created a loop track.
Operations will commence on the new loop in the July time frame making a
much longer ride..
AND we still have a lot of work going on--
- A State of California DOSH/PAR inspection and certification of our
track and operating train was completed on all track (except storage
- Restoration continues on Caboose NWP 6101. The car has had the needle
beams, bolsters, and truss rods replaced, the outer sills and framing
strengthened, been completely resided with tongue-and groove siding. The
brakes and draft gear are being repaired.
- Our first mechanical engine (ASARCO 4 a1939 Whitcomb 12 ton diesel
that we originally got from Paramount Great America) has returned after
being sold. It is getting a full rebuild after spending 10 years on
Kauai and at Roaring Camp. We hope to have it in service later this
year. This engine is leased from Rother Locomotives.
2022 Operations are complete. The train
carried 65,000 passenger trips in 2022. 2023 Operations start March 30,
2023 -- Passenger trains will run on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, and on
special event days.
The current car in active restoration is caboose
Next steps on this car include installing
windows, doors, repairing the roof, installing the airbrakes, flooring the
car, rebuilding the end platforms and steps, adding couplers, installing
iron railings, ladders, and grab bars, and of course lettering the car as
it was in 1910.
- Surveys are being made and restoration plans are being created for
combination car SPC
47 and for boxcar NC
253. These plans are essential to understand how and what kind of
restoration should be done to these extremely significant cars. SPC 47's
survey is now in progress using archaeological techniques and has
identified significant modifications to the layout of the car over the
Scheduled workdays are typically the third
Sunday of the Month and most Mondays throughout the year. If you are
interested in the workdays, contact the Curator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maintenance of Way workdays are typically
held every Sunday. Contact the MOW Manager at MOW-Managager@spcrr.org
for more information.