NARCOA/MOW Speeder Run
April 5, 2008
The Santa Maria Valley Railroad hosted the second annual Central Coast Rails, Big and Small, Motorcar Operators West Speeder Run today. This event is organized by the North American Railcar Operators Association (NARCOA) Motorcar Operators West (MOW).
On Sunday (April 6th), the group visited the Bitter Creek Western Railroad, a 7.5" gauge railroad nearby on the Nipomo Mesa.
Speeders begin to set on first thing Saturday morning.
See also the Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad web page from this Speeder Run.
Railbus No. 9 came all the way from San Diego for today's event. When it set on the rails last night, it had been 46 years since it last ran on the Santa Maria Valley Railroad.
The speeder operators provide each other with safety inspections before every run.
Left to right: Councilman Bob Orach, Mayor Larry Lavagnino, and leader of today's MOW speeder run, Bill Schertle.
Be safe and have fun!
Rob Himoto (L), President of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad with Santa Maria Mayor Larry Lavagnino (R).
Rob leads a tour in the enginehouse.
Some had lunch in the historic freight depot.
Others dined in the La Condesa.
Don't miss the shoes!
Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad enjoy a ride in Railbus No. 9.
Railbus No. 9 is turned at Guadalupe for the return trip to downtown Santa Maria.
The southbound Amtrak Surfliner went by while the speeders were at the Gaudalupe exchange yard.
On to the next day at Bitter Creek.
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