Thursday, May 21, 2009

First Train in Marin County Since 2001

At 9:45 a.m. yesterday (May 20), a Schellville-originated Balfour Beatty work train carrying three loads of ties crossed the 98-year-old swing bridge at Black Point. This marked the first train movement over the venerable steel span and into Marin County since previous operator NWPY suspended service in September 2001.

The train creeps westward at a slow enough pace to allow Balfour Beatty workers to evenly distribute new ties along the mainline. This picture was taken at the approach to the Simon Slough bridge, 1.5 miles west of Black Point.

After completing the day's assignment, the work train shoves back to Schellville with the three empty cars. This picture was made in the tidelands at the west approach to the Black Point bridge.


  1. Very glad to see an update. I wish I could of seen them cross the bridge on last Monday. I can't wait to hear the stories when they reach downtown Novato.

  2. Great story and photos, Christian. Thanks!