The historic locomotives from Modesto
Built between 1947 and 1955 the Modesto and Empire Traction 70-tonners are some of the oldest locomotives in revenue service in California. Recently the railroad ordered new locomotives to replace them so they are running their final miles.
November 21 was a great day and the canneries were still in operation so I took a day of vacation to go shoot these beasts before they are history.
I was very lucky. Nine of the locomotives were used this day. Here are just a few of my photos of them.