With the conductor on the ground flagging the crossing, BUGX 1322 leads its nine car train toward the Black Road grade crossing and past an aging barn as it heads for Osborn Yard. Once there, the ... (more)
BUGX 1322 switches out refrigerator cars from the PictSweet spur on a sunny afternoon. *This photo was taken with permission on SMVRR property while wearing full PPE*
With 20 cars on the drawbar, a nicely sized inbound train from Guadalupe, lead by the now 65-year-old, ex-ATSF 2901 curves to the east at Betteravia Junction as it heads to switch out tank cars fr... (more)
Looking down the right of way, one wonders...is this this Central Valley or the Santa Maria Valley? In reality, it's a warm morning in the small community of Betteravia, located just west of Santa... (more)
Deep in the heart of the Santa Maria Valley lies BUGX 1322, former ATSF 2109 built in 1952 and based out of Barstow. The locomotive has been leased to the new Northwestern Pacific and SMVR since b... (more)
One of the few remaining operable GE 70-tonners is sole power on SMV's "Town Job". After protecting the malfunctioning crossing, the train slowly continues to it's destination of Santa M... (more)
With some Deere on the head end, Santa Maria Valley's Town Job heads toward Betteravia with its 70-tonner #80 doing the honors. The flat with tractors will be parked at the team track in Betteravi... (more)
A Santa Maria Valley train from Guadalupe to Santa Maria is seen crossing a farmer's field near Iremel on its way to Carr.