Trona Railway

Trona 53, former SP 5249, sitting next to GE 80 tonner 49, ex US Navy 6500297, in Trona, CA on October 21, 1975.
Steve Sloan's Trains : Trona

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Trona Railway

Tom Moungovan wrote on March 27, 2010, "Wonderful old images Steve...and they really bring back some great memories for me. When I was stationed @ Edwards AFB in the 60's, I used to go out there frequently on days off. The Trona was pretty lenient about being on the property, especially if they knew who you were. I got to know an electrician named Pete Gagich who took a lot of his time to show me things around the enginehouse. He also hostled and I got to experience that unique throttle that the centercabs had. Those were pulling monsters, but also the worst riding locomotives that I have ever been on. Thanks again for your post."

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Trona 53, Baldwin AS616

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, Trona 54 was built in April 1951 by B-L-H as a model AS616, builders number 75139, SP 5249, the sole unit in SP Class DF-107.
The disposition of this locomotive is, sold by SP to Trona in September 1960. Delivered in Nov. 1960. In Nov. 1992 sold to Johnson Terminal. July 1995 sold to SMS Rail Service, becoming SMS 553.
Trona AS616 53 at Trona
Trona 53, former SP 5249, sitting next to GE 80 tonner 49, ex US Navy 6500297, in Trona, CA on October 21, 1975.
  • B&W photo of Front
    These black and whites were taken on Tri-X shot in a Kowa SET camera that had a 50mm lens and a leaf shutter. Scan 2009112802.7
  • B&W photo of Rear
    Scan 2009112802.8
  • B&W photo of Nose
    Scan 2009112802.9
  • 120 Color Photo
    Shot with a Yashicamat 124G, 120, Ektachrome Professional 120 E3 6115 Transparency Film processed by Larry Sprock.
    Transparency 48.30.1, Scan 2018111901.1

Trona 54 Baldwin AS616

Trona 54 is a Baldwin AS616 built in June 1952, builders number 75357. It was built for Kaiser Steel as #1012B, it was renumbered 1028 Kaiser Eagle Mountain RR. It went to Rayonier as #14, in 1973. It was acquired from Rayonier in 1986. It was sold Johnston Terminals 1993 and reportedly now is at SMS Rail Lines as 554.
Trona 54 in Mojave, CA
Trona 54 is in Mojave, CA on February 28, 1993.

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