|John Miller and his crew arrived at 8:30 with his Landoll. Despite the tight space, Donny Miller maneuvered it into position on his first pass. The train specialists took about 20 minutes to build temporary tracks and to secure them to the bed of the Landoll. Another 15 minutes and John had the tender loaded. Backing out was more difficult – the rear axles had to be moved forward to shorten the wheel base – but it didn’t take more than half an hour to transport the tender to our yard at the Eastern Sierra Museum.
But all went well. John used his medium duty International to pull the tender forward while the winch on the Landoll controlled backward movement.
We returned to Dehy Park and John used his large tow truck to remove the locomotive cab and load it onto the trailer. It took about a half an hour but most of that was used to remove bolts which escaped previous notice and to free various obstructions.
All told it took no more than 3 hours to do the whole job. It’s worth noting how important the modern equipment and crew expertise were. Had we tried to do things the way they’d been done in 1955 we would have had to dig trenches, build ramps, and partially close 395. It would have taken days…Oh, by the way, John Miller and his crew DONATED their time.
Meanwhile the train crew were busy doing stuff which was just as important but is much harder to photograph and explain
Off Site, a lot is going on as well