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I t's o ver. T he G olden S tate's m ost s p e ctacular w eekend o f s team-powered r ailroading h as c ome a nd g one. B ut t hose w ho w atched, p hotographed, f ollowed a nd r ode t he o utstanding ~perations, e ach t otally u nique i n i ts own r ight, w ill h ave a l ifetime o f m emories t o c all u pon. N owhere, r epeat, n owhere e lse i n t his c ountry h as s uch a g igantic s team u ndertaking b een a ttempted: a nd i t w orked. A nd n owhere e lse c an i t b e r epeated, f or t he L abor D ay S team S pectacular w ill a lways b e C alifornia's o wn, i n f act, t he M other L ode's o wn. T hree r ailroad's a nd s ix s teamers, t ruly a mazing c onsidering t hat a f ew y ears b ack t he M other L ode w as s ilent w ith t he s ounds o f s team a nd n ot a s ingle l ocomotive b oiler w as u nder p ressure e xcept a n o ccasional s tint b efore H ollywood's c ameras f or t enwhee' ler # 3 o f t he S ierra. F or t he L abor D ay w eekend, o nly t he e x-log-hauler S ugar P ine R ailway d id n ot h ave m ore t han o ne l ocomotive o ut a nd r unning - - ableit S hay 3 3 w as o n h and a t L yons L ake a nd s ported a f resh b oiler p ermit t o o perate. T he o ldest o f t he w eekend's s tars w as t hat m ovie s tar h erself, S ierra's # 3. T urned o ut i n 1 891 t he l ocomotive's 5 6-inch d rivers j ust s eem t o k eep o n t urning y ear a fter y ear t o t he d e light o f s everal g enerations. S lim-gauge W est S ide a nd C herr y V alley o perated t he n ewest l ocomotive u nder s tea m f or t he w eekend: # 12, L ima-built i n 1 927. T he t hree-footgauge r ailroad a lso g athered h onors w ith t h e o ldest o f t he o perating S hays i n # 15, t urned o ut i n 1 913. E verything e lse, t he 7 , 2 8, 3 4 a nd e ven t he n onoperating # 33, c ome i n b etween. S o w here w as t he s how? T he e vening d iscussions m ay, m ake t hat w ill, g o o n f or y ears. D ie-hard f ans o f t he l oggers w ill a ttest t hat T uolumne s tole t he s how: # 15 h auled l ogs, a nd f or t hose who m is se d t he l ogging d ays p rior t o t he e nd o f t he o peration i n 1 960, o r w ho w anted t o r elive i t, n arrow-gauge S hay 1 5 a nd i ts l oaded l og c ars w ould b e a s cene-stealer f or t he w eekend. G ood t imes a nd f ood: t he c o ntest b oils d own t o t he s pectacularity o f a m oonlight r ide u p t he T uolumne R iver o n t he n arrow-gauge, o r t he w ell-stocked S ierra e xcursions. I t's h ard t o p ass u p S ugar P ine # 7 w orking u p t he s cenic S tanislaus R iver G orge w ith l ine a nd S hay r evived a nd r ehabilitated i n o nly s even w eeks w ith i ts h ours u pon h ours o f h ard w ork, n ot t o m ention c ountless new p arts f or t he f orty-six-year-old t hree-trucker. A nd, we c ertainly c an n ot f orget t hat t riple-header a s a ll t hree l ocomotives p ut t heir p ower t o t he t ask o f m aking e asy w ork o f C hinese G rade w ith a n i mpressive t en-car t rain. We w ouldn't d are s ay w here t he s how w as. E ach w as a s cene-stealer a nd t here w as s omething f or e veryone a nd m ost s aw i t a ll. T he M other L ode r egion c ame a live f or t hree g lorious s team-filled d ays a ll w ithin a s hort d rive o f e ach o ther a nd h otel a nd m otel r oom s pace b ecame n ext-to-impossible t o g et a s u ncounted c rowds m ade t he M other L ode t he W ests s team c apital. - Karl R . K oenig
COVER : T he 3 -foot-gauge W est S ide a nd C herr y V alley's s pecial a Iternoon l og t rain , s een, t op, j ust e ast o f T uolumne; w as t he f irst l og m ovement i n m any y e a rs a nd a h ighlight o f t he w eekend. - Virgil C . S taff S ierra 3 4 a nd 2 8 w heel t heir c onsist t hrough t he o ld J acks S iding r egion n ear m ilepost 3 4 o n S unday, m iddle , a s c aught b y Vi rgil C . S taff w hile, b ottom , t he r ear o f t he s ame t rain i s c aught o n i ts e astbound r un l eaving W arnerville b y Tom G ray.

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OCTOBER 1971 VOLUME 11 N O. 10
KARL R. KOENIG EDITOR
Robert L. Hogan Harold C. Koenig John Parson D. S. Richter
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