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Following the end of war the Vulcan went into a Stockton scrapyard intact, where it joined Yosemite Lumber Co.
The engine was forgotten until Mike Mangini reported seeing the engine during a 1960's scrapyard fire. It was the Summer of Love in San Francisco, but the "Stockton Steamers" became famous for a while again.
An article on the engines in the January 1972 issue of the Pacific Locomotive Association's magazine, Pacific News.
While the Shay was restored and pressed into service, the other two were apparently not afforded the same treatment. Heavy wear, especially at the third axle where the main rod connects, had left dishing and uneven, non-parallel faces. We'd bolt it tight and indicated to the frame with set screws (you can see them on the side of the mill-right next to the black bolts that hold it to the parallel bars).
Quite a learning experience, thanks to Ken and Glen and other who stopped by or have supported in other ways.
A busy Saturday with a great turnout of volunteers at the site worked on wheel measurements, work area preparation, painting, assembly of a press, welding, and even rust (we have lots) removal. One of the wheel drive boxes is machined and has babbitting done at the CSRM machine shop in Sacramento. Cris, Glen and Ken performed machine work on the shoes and wedges up at the CSRM shops on #4. Also in July, Ken and Glen were on site helping with the precision measurements for the shoes and wedges.
We are nearly 100 years to the day when the #4 engine set its wheels on San Francisco's rails.
Southern Pacific's Bayshore Yard and Roundhouse, San Francisco Trains, State Belt Railroad #4, and the San Francisco Bay Railroad were all featured in a video segment on CBS Channel 5's EYE ON THE BAY on May 24th. A low profile (steel ties) track panel is being assembled to slide under Number 4's frame which has been jacked up.
UPC hosted a bus tour of the Baylands and one of the stops was a visit the San Francisco Trains work site.
Only one step left to go until the Roundhouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places! On January 29th the California Commission of Historic Places approved the building is worthy of this status, and sent the docket onto the Department of the Interior. San Francisco Trains will exhibit artifacts from the State Belt #4 and Bayshore Roundhouse on October 3rd and Brisbane Community Day. The Board Meeting is scheduled for Thursday October 8th, 2009 7pm, at the Millbrae Train Museum, Millbrae California. Meeting is scheduled for Thursday July 23, 2009 7pm, at the Millbrae Train Museum, Millbrae California. Architectural Historian Rich Brandi has been researching the significance of the Bayshore Roundhouse in the quest to have the building placed on the Register of Historic Places. Dave Hannigan, John Goldie, Jay King (all 3 pictured above), plus John Fenlon Paul D'Orazio, John Fuller, Paul Kinneman, Vern Bruce, Cory Clar, Ralph Bennett, Brett Tallman all deserve a hat's off for the effort. We also want to thank JC and Jerry of Construction Services and their associate Kevin for support as we leave the Schlage Lock Site behind. One step closer, we hope, to a permanent home, we are moving the engine by the Bayshore Roundhouse to the concrete pad 150 feet from the northeast corner of the building. Board of Director Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday March 12, 2008 7pm, at the Millbrae Train Museum, Millbrae California. Board of Director Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday December 5, 2007 7pm, at the Millbrae Train Museum, Millbrae California. Thanks to Ian Hart and John Fuller for their hard work prepping, and to Dave Hannigan and Jay King for helping turn the tank onto it's side so we could access the bottom.
A winter break from the Vulcan restoration is helping repatriate the British railcar orphaned in San Francisco following the Flying Scotsman USA Tour early 1970's. New Tarpoline covers have been placed over the drivers, frame and boiler for protection during the winter months.
The Golden Gate Railroad Museum and San Francisco Trains, Inc., have worked out arrangements with the Double T Agricultural Museum to preserve the 3 of the unique "idler flats" from the State Belt Railroad. Preserve the boiler, tender oil tank, locomotive air tanks by wire brushing and painting the exterior, and capping and sealing the interior.


Our new location is on the border of San Francisco and Brisbane on East Sunnydale Avenue We are 100 feet away from the lead track to the former SP Bayshore yards and situated between two important rail locations: The Caltrain Bayshore Station and the end of the new MUNI Third Street Light rail extension. San Francisco Trains wishes to thank Budget(aka Cedent) Rent A Car and the City of South Francisco for allowing us a temporary extension for keeping the engine and containers storing parts at the lot in South San Francisco. The presentation will include "an illustrated talk on the history of the Music Concourse will show the Concourse as it has developed over the years, since it was first the site of the California Midwinter Fair of 1894. State Belt #4 in South San Francisco: The engine and tender are in storage in South San Francisco.
In our continuing quest to find a home for the #4 and the flat cars, we are making a presentation to the Treasure Island Development Authority.
Hill view, looking north - Ringling Brothers Circus Train in in the yard.Most shop buildings have been torn down and turntable is removed. 1987 San Francisco Trolley Festival - two 4-wheel trolleys operate on the SBRR with generators in tow! The State Belt has been featured in a number of movies over the years, here is a partical list of some films where you can see the State Belt in action. Railroad Magazine, May 1973, Pg 12, 28 - The Flying Scotsman being hoisted aboard the vessel California Star at Oakland, CA for a voyage to Liverpool, England. Railroad Magazine, June 1973, Pg 17 - Western Pacific's Las Plumas (a powered car ferry), on Aug 12 1972, holding The Flying Scotsman and the entire train crossing SF Bay. Railroad Magazine, April 1978, Pg 28, 58 - Photo of San Francisco Belt Railroad Alco #25 pulling the famed LNER # 4472 at Pier 41 on April 7, 1972.
This page features former landmarks or scenes within the city of San Francisco from the city's Railroad past.
Gone but not forgottenFormerly located in the Playground at the SF Zoo was SP #1294, an 0-6-0 along with a Cable Car. Gone but not forgottenFormer Southern Pacific Passenger Station for name trains and the commutes. The State Belt interchanged many different railroads freight and passenger cars during its operational years.
Idler flats SBRR 2 and 3 - in the yard under the Bay Bridge in their twilight years of service - Feb. Idler flatcars had a very specific purpose in life - they were used as spacers between the locomotive and freight cars that were being pushed onto barges.
The State Belt Railroad serviced several ferry slips along San Francisco's Embarcadero waterfront, the most famous being pier 43 near Fisherman's wharf.
Idler Flatcar #1 is one of four idler flatcars used by the State Belt Railroad of California (later known as the San Francisco Belt Railroad).
Idler Flatcar #2 is one of four idler flatcars used by the State Belt Railroad of California. Idler Flatcar #3 is one of four idler flatcars used by the State Belt Railroad of California. Idler Flatcar #4 is one of four idler flatcars used by the State Belt Railroad of California.
In the 1920s, paper records indicate income from box car and gondola car rentals to companies that used them in non-interchange (on line) service. The 23 (along with sister 22) was delivered new in March 1944 while the 25 was delivered new in July 1945 along with her sister 24.
Each of the units produces 69,000 pounds of tractive effort and weighs approximately 230,000 pounds.
Operations continued during the 50's and 60's but slowly wound down as shipping moved across the Bay to Oakland. Some scrap rubber tires had somehow caught fire, and they where piled against the right side of the engine.
Levin Metals donated CCT #7 to the Bay Area Electric Railroad Association, while all three of the steam engines were sent off to Utah under the custody of the Promontory Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. It was important to transport this loco safely - the loadmaster wasn't letting that cargo come free. Out of the 24 faces (8 per axles), 11 where worn bad enough to face, and axle 3 got all 8 done. The historic train station is at the corner of Murchinson and California Ave, one block from the intersection of El Camino Real and Millbrae Ave and next to Millbrae BART and Caltrain Intermodal Station. It's been 50 years since steam engines were regularly serviced and rebuilt at the shops in Brisbane.


This is a positive step not only to preserve the building but a lever that can be used to secure funding and tax incentives when development starts in Brisbane. They have been accommodating of our non-profit budget and schedule, and were able to give us the excess fencing around the back of the Schlage site for our new location.
The meeting is in the historic train station corner of Murchinson and California Ave, one block from the intersection of El Camino Real and Millbrae Ave. As some of you may know, the State Belt #4 was used on Treasure Island to deliver goods to the exhibition in 1938 and 1939. This was done to prevent the heavy locomotive from running onto the barge and accidentally sinking it.
This ferry slip still stands today just a short walk from Pier 39, although it is now disconnected from the railroad tracks. Flatcars 1, 2 and 3 are identical, with the exception that #1 has the addition of end steps for the brakeman. The State Belt Railroad at one time operated a fleet of six of these diesels, numbered 20-25, purchased new between 1943 and 1945. When built and delivered to the State Belt Railroad, these 6 diesels replaced 12 oil-fired steam locomotives. The war generated a large amount of trans-Pacific traffic, and the State Belt contributed greatly to the movement of materials.
In 1969, with the State wanting to get out of the port business, San Francisco voters approved a bond issue to buy the Port of San Francisco. The plan was to restore them for service on the Wasatch Mountain Railway (Now known as the Heber Valley Railroad). The engine was plumbed with a gas burner and automatic boiler control for use as a stationary boiler. This site is large enough to position the engine in a manner to finish the restoration that has been held up for 4 years. Rich has written successful nominations in the past, has a family history connected with the SP shops and Visitacion Valley Community. One some weekends we logged 100 person hours removing old fencing in the parking lot, salvaging different sized poles, gates, chain link fence.
The underside of the tank was fully prepped and painted with POR15, an amazing paint that converts rust to a bond and is considered the best paint on the market for preservation of metal. Since the freight cars were now several idler cars away from the locomotive, two idler cars had steps at the ends for the brakeman to stand on. The State Belt also delivered trainloads of fresh troops to debarkation points, and picked up hospital trains and returning troops. The only activity took place at Pier 96, a newly built container facility near Hunter's Point. We met at the Society of Industrial Archeology Conference in June 2008 when Rich gave a presentation on the former SP route to San Francisco.
All the poles are in place and the push to get the fence and barbed wire up begins on April 4th. Next is painting the sides and top, making a new cover, new latches, and reinstalling the valves. Expenses for the crane and trucks on April 18 were quite a setback, please consider making a tax deductible donation to help us cover the $4000 cost. 1 & 3 will be preserved intact and stored for future return to the Bay Area in the central valley at Stevinson CA, and #2 will be converted back to a tank car with a period riveted tank by Double T.
The 23 was spruced up and was completed with the new number 49 and a new paint job in 49er colors. These cars still retain their original arch-bar trucks, even though these were prohibited in the 1930's for interchange to other railroads.
Since these cars were not intended for interchange, there was no need to change the trucks to a more modern type. The Double T Agricultuaral Museum has the oldest Union Pacific engine known to exist, a 4-4-0 American type built in 1887.



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