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tion A (1h sales tax for fares and rail) was validated by the Calif ornia Supreme Court. What started out as a $200 million proposal f a San Diego-type single-track LRT line or to be upgraded in the future now carries a $500 million price tag. A Los Angeles Times article on the disputes over the routing of the line quotes an uniden tified Los Angeles city official criticizing various local agencies and business interests f driving up costs "without caring whether or it makes financial sense or not . . . ." A Flower St. tunnel in downtown Los Angeles, f instance, could cost between $ 1 1 2 mil or lion to $ 1 50 million a mile.

porter of a low-cost LRT Los Angeles to Long Beach line before the county Proposi

In the latest development that could force the LACTC to scale back the project to the proposed Century Freeway LRT line just south of Watts, some City Council members f rom Compton are threatening to file suit against the LACTC if the commission chooses to construct an at-grade LRT line along the ex-PE route through the heart of that community, as opposed to a depressed track alternative. The real concern in Comp ton is to grade separate all future through freight traffic along this corridor. There are differences of opinion among council mem bers and Compton city staff as to whether the LRT line should also be grade separated. Because the LACTC staff decided that the other options for Compton were either too

expensive or not acceptable to the Southern Pacific, Compton has voiced concern that its objections are not being given the same weight as input from the cities of Los Ange les and Long Beach. Hence, the uncertainty over whether the cities of Compton and Long Beach support this LRT route. On December 3, the LACTC will release the supplemental EIR for new city of Long Beach routes. The commission just issued, though, a staff report recommending a Flower St. subway and an at-grade line in Compton. Despite all the controversies the LACTC at the November 14 meeting ap proved an accelerated engineering schedule that will allow construction to begin in the third quarter of 1 985, a quarter earlier.

I F YOU M I SS E D

By Barry Herlihy

W het\.. I ;fA resno I\9de the i1s

It's axiomatic that what most of us like to be doing and what we ought to be doing are often two distinctly diff erent things. The demands of the marketplace frequently impose themselves upon our leisure activi ties unless we are independently wealthy. For more than a year I have enjoyed my assignment on the Preservation desk at PACIFIC RAILNEWS. This has been an avocational exercise for me which must now yield to the demands of my "marketplace," the practice of law. It is thus with regret that I produce my final Preservation column. Five more former Western Pacific loco motives have been donated to various mu seums and/or cities along the U P system. Sacramento Northern NW2 607 (ex-WP 607, nee UP 1000) was delivered to the Deer Creek S cenic Railroad ( f ormerly known as the Heber Creeper) at Heber City, Utah, during October. This 1 ,200-hp locomotive was UP's first Diesel switcher, built as EMC demonstrator No. 889 in Octo ber 1 939 and was sold to the Stockton, Terminal & Eastern Railway along with sister No. 1 0 0 1 in August 1 966. Both units were traded in February 1 969 to the WP for Aleo S i s 505 and 506 and renumbered 607 and 608, respectively. In June 1 973, the 607 was sold to subsidiary Sacramento Northern and eventually finished out its active career at Stockton on the WP. Retired in October 1 983, the locomotive will reportedly be repainted into the black and white scheme as delivered to the UP. Sister NW2 WP 608 (built May 1 940 as serial 1 000) was donated to the Feather River Railroad S ociety at Portola, Calif., along with General Electric U30B 3051 (built in September 1 967, as WP 75 1) and GP7 708 (built in October 1 9 52). The 608, which arrived at the museum in

early December, has also been out of service since October 1 983. The 305 1 was retired in September 1 983 and has been stored unser viceable along with the rest of WP's U30B fleet. Number 708 was taken out of service in June 1 984. Finally, GP9 727 (built in Sep tember 1 955) was donated to the City of Elko, Nevada, where it will join WP caboose 437 on display in one of the desert city's parks. The 727, retired in February 1 984, will be the first WP Diesel locomotive to be put on static display. With the beginning of 1 985, the 40th anni versary of the founding of the Bay Area
Electric Railroad Assn. and the 25th year
EdW'ard Hamm, Jr.

I t's back in a 1 985 E d ition to celebrate Fresno's Centen n i a l !
C alifornia 's San Joaquin Valley ra isin capital enjoyed a splen did trolley era on a system built by traction tycoon Henry E . H untington and run by the giant S. P. B reez y Ca liforn ia ca rs, a group of ungainly "Dragon" stepless cars and a fleet of B irney Sa fety Cars.

of its Rio Vista Junction, Calif., museum site,
Museum r eplaces C alifornia Railway

the name T he Western Railway

Museum, r eports BAERA Chairman of the

Board Harre W. Demoro. One reason for the change was persistent conf usion with the California State Railroad Museum at Sacramento, established many years later. Rio Vista Junction o r T he Junction will be used as references of the museum's premises. The Feather River Rail S ociety is pub lishing the bi-monthly The Train Sheet with articles about Western Pacific subjects. This growing museum is at Portola, Calif. Write to them at PO Box 1 1 04, Portola CA 9 6 1 22 for further details. The bodies of many streetcars became houses all over the land, and OERM has come across a S an Diego Electric Railway " Exposition" center-door car (No. 1 67) at EI Cajon, Calif. It had just been vacated by the tenants as the lot was to be cleared f apart or ments, so the volunteers removed it to the museum's premises at Perris, Calif., o n November 3.

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