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Road #: UP 8254 Equipment: SD9043MAC Train ID: SKASJ
Date: 2011-08-15 Location: Cuesta Grade, CA Photo #: ---
Description: As the sun gets low in the sky the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baley circus train crosses the Stenner Creek Trestle on its climb up Cuesta Grade. By the time it has reached Santa Margarita on the north end of the grade the sun will have set behind the hills leaving it to run up the Salinas Valley in the dark. The circus train ran from Kaiser California after their show in Ontario California, to San Jose California to set up for their show there. Instead of being routed over Tehachapi and the Valley Line, UP routed the train up the Coast Line, something that last happened in 1995.
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