The 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike at Promontory Point, Utah was May 10, 2019. But the final Golden Spike that completed the railway to the Pacific was held in Niles Canyon, CA. this afternoon the Niles Canyon Railway observed the anniversary with a recreation of driving the Golden Spike. I was invited to observe the event by my old friend Peter Midnight.
This is probably the only time I will see two standard gauge Mallet locomotives on the same railway.
Engine 4 on the left and Engine 7 on the right at the Niles Canyon Station.
The engine crew and breakmen on Engine 4. — with Jeff Schwab, Dave Tadlock, Stephanie Tadlock and Gerald DeWitt
Charles Franz on Engine 7 prepares for the meet.
Henry Baum, (Niles Canyon Railway President watches as a volunteer takes a try at driving the golden spike.
Getting the engines in position.
Henry Baum and Mr. Lincoln say a few words before driving the spike.
First try at the spike.
Engine 7 train crew. — with Derek Schipper, Chuck Kent, Alan Siegwarth and Charles Franz
Peter gets the action on tape.
With Jeff Schwab, Stephanie Tadlock, Dave Tadlock and Gerald DeWitt
I joined radio and railroad friend Kent Hedberg. — with Kent Hedberg
Kent joined his former neighbor Gerry Low-Sabado. Gerry was representing the Chinese Railway Workers exhibition at the Sunol Station.
Fremont City Councilman Yang Shao and his wife joined the festivities.