Swanton Pacific RR burned in Santa Cruz complex fire by Glenn Brooks » Fri Aug 21, 2020 3:34 am Just received news that the 19” ga. Swanton Pacific RR roundhouse and car barn, and several ancillary structures has just burned to the ground. The fire is still active in the region, and further assessment will occur in the coming days. Please let’s keep derogatory remarks on Trump or any politics out of railroad modeling. The fire that tore through the Swanton Pacific (called the CZU Lightning Complex) is one of hundreds of fires currently blazing across the state. Karl Mondon Bay … Bad preservation news: The Swanton Pacific Railroad, a small tourist line that operated the very unique 19" gauge live-steam Pacifics from the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exhibition, was essentially destroyed by the SCU Lightning Complex forest fire out in California. Breaking News The university says CAL FIRE is still restricting access to the area because the fire remains active but officials expect to learn more about the damage in the coming days. The ranch spans 3,200 acres and is used to help Cal Poly students experience what it is like to work on a ranch, research and develop various career skills in the outdoors. SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - A rebuilding plan has begun after the CZU August Lightning Complex Fire ravaged the area of the Santa Cruz hills where the Swanton Ranch is located. Cal Poly’s Swanton Pacific Ranch burns in Santa Cruz County fire. DAVENPORT, Calif. (KRON) — The CZU Lightning Complex fire was fierce and relentless when it burned along Swanton Road just east of the ocean and … The 19" gauge Swanton Pacific Railroad near Santa Cruz, CA. Contests & Promotions, Cal Poly College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences, City shows continued improvement in 2020 Equality Indicators Report, Officials say park ‘very safe’ despite stabbing death, The 2017 travel ban may be associated with preterm births among women from the targeted countries, study says, Some Black and Latino Americans are still hesitant to take the vaccine. We have students, professors, and other partners flying drones to capture images of fire effects. The railroad is currently closed and some of the locomotives have been moved out of buildings for safety. In March of 1983, the Public Administrator of Los Angeles County auctioned the … It is unclear how many buildings on Swanton Pacific Ranch are threatened, damaged or destroyed at this time. Investigators have confirmed this fire was caused by lightning strikes in the area. When the S.P. Despite the fire and the pandemic, students and professors are especially engaged with Swanton Pacific Ranch. College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Thank you Please let’s keep derogatory remarks on Trump or any politics out of railroad modeling. Locomotives and the roundhouse at the Swanton Pacific Railroad on the 200 block of Swanton Road, Davenport, were greatly damaged except for one replica 1912 locomotive that was out for repairs, the group reported on social media. The mile-long railroad lies along the Ocean Shore Railroad right-of-way that was to run from San Francisco to Santa Cruz. https://california.liveuamap.com/en/2020/28-august-swanton-pacific-railway-was-hit-hard-by-the-czulighteningcomplex It appears that the fire started inside the roundhouse (possibly by embers getting in through a vent or a broken window), rather from the outside by an advancing front of fire. ... Director of the Swanton Pacific Railroad, inspects a burned-out locomotive. The ranch was donated to Cal Poly's College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences in 1993 by the late Al Smith who envisioned the ranch being used for agricultural, recreational and educational purposes. It’s also burned such landmarks as Big Basin State Park; the 125-year-old, one-room Alba Schoolhouse in Ben Lomond; and the scenic Swanton Pacific Railroad in Davenport, all in Santa Cruz County. Swanton Pacific Railroad Society, a volunteer organization, operates an historic 1/3 scale steam railroad. At the 3,200-acre ranch, students experience living on a working ranch and are able to study a diverse ecosystem that includes a redwood forest, the Scotts Creek Watershed, and an expansive coastal grassland. A political platform. The standard gauge portion is two levels throughout with the levels connected by a two percent helix. Daily News Update and last updated 11:35 PM, Aug 24, 2020 Cal Poly says most of the structures at its Swanton Pacific Ranch in Santa Cruz County were lost to the CZU Lightning Complex fires… Severe Weather Access to the ranch is still restricted due to ongoing spot fires, downed power lines, and sink holes and requires Cal Fire escort. ... Swanton Pacific Railroad. We also use this car to mount our hydraulic shovel which is used for maintenance of way. At this time, the fire has burned about 40,000 acres and is 0% contained. The RR is located just outside of Davenport, 10 miles north of Santa Cruz, Ca, off the coast hiway. Fire response car - In case of fire this car is called into service. We are sad to report that last evening, a fire passed through Cal Poly's Swanton Pacific Ranch in Santa Cruz County. CAL FIRE says the CZU Lightning Complex has burned 78,000 acres and is just 13% contained. Weather Forecast Cal Poly’s Swanton Pacific Ranch burns in Santa Cruz County fire. Jessica Brest is a digital journalist and assignment editor at KEYT | KCOY | KKFX. SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif. - Cal Poly president Jeffrey D. Armstrong reported that a wildfire spread through the university's Swanton Pacific Ranch in Santa Cruz … It continues to spread in both San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties. Swanton Pacific Railroad is a historical site that Cal Poly Alum Albert B. Smith (Al) created to store his 1915 Panama-Pacific steam locomotives and equipment. My thoughts go out to the Swanton Pacific Railroad and all of the volunteers who have put hard work into the railroad … Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, Ph.D.Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. has been decimated by the CZU complex fire. According to CAL FIRE, this blaze broke out Monday, Aug. 17 around 10:32 p.m. in the evening. The carbarn also perished in the fire. Pacific Coast Lines. The era is the mid- to late 1950s. The railroad is operated by the school and the Swanton Pacific Railroad Society. More information about the ranch can be found here. Hope Is Historic Railroad Damaged in CZU Fire Will Rise From Ashes Joe Rosato Jr. 9/22/2020. The Swanton Pacific Railroad roundhouse sits in ruins Saturday, Aug., 22, 2020, near Davenport, Calif., after it was destroyed in the CZU August Lightning Complex fire. The south line was built as far as Swanton. The Swanton Pacific Railroad Society operates an historic one-third scale, 19-inch gauge, railroad at Swanton Pacific Ranch in Davenport, California, 15 miles north of Santa Cruz, California. The 19 in (483 mm) gauge Swanton Pacific Railroad was constructed in the 1980s by Albert Smith. Cal Poly says all students, staff, and livestock at the ranch were safely evacuated last week, but several students and staff who lived on the property full-time lost personal property in the fire. (Southern Pacific) built a parallel line to Davenport, the cement plant business dried up. Swanton Pacific Ranch Sustains Massive Damage in Santa Cruz Lightning Fire August 31, 2020 Before and after: The Al Smith House at Swanton Pacific Ranch. In 2009 the Lockheed Fire, which destroyed nearly 8,000 acres in the surrounding area, burned about 1,000 acres of the 3,200-acre Swanton Pacific Ranch. Unfortunately, the Santa Cruz fires have impacted both the Swanton Pacific Ranch and the Swanton Pacific Railroad. Copyright 2020 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Local photographer for the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Kevin Painchaud, sent … I do not know the state of the diesel. The roundhouse perished in the fire, with two steamers in it. Fate of the equipment is also unknown. All Cal Poly staff and students had evacuated Tuesday evening and are safe. SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif. - Cal Poly president Jeffrey D. Armstrong reported that a wildfire spread through the university's Swanton Pacific Ranch in Santa Cruz County Wednesday night. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Machine Shop, Train Station and picnic grounds were spared any damage. Al built the Swanton Pacific Railroad on his Davenport ranch and today it stands as an operational memorial to him … Cal Poly says most of the structures at its Swanton Pacific Ranch in Santa Cruz County were lost to the CZU Lightning Complex fires. Here’s what is fueling that distrust. The CZU Lightning Complex fires swept through Cal Poly’s Swanton Pacific Ranch on Aug. 19 and 20, destroying much of the ranch and its structures. We still find ourselves shocked at the losses – the homes especially, but also our teaching spaces, our favorite trails, and tools and equipment that we took for granted. This is a hobby and NOT. This is a hobby and NOT. A political platform. (More info: https://bit.ly/CalFireCZU). It’s hard to believe the CZU Lightning Fire Complex hit Cal Poly’s Swanton Pacific Ranch just over a month ago. The one-third scale railroad center is run by California Polytechnic State University. Photos are starting to come in and a list of buildings surviving and not surviving has been compiled by CalPoly university and ranch staff. The Pacific Coast Lines is located upstairs in a dedicated 1,500 square foot building with three rooms. With the #czulightningcomplex fires still burning, it has not been safe for any of our volunteers to verify the status of the buildings, rolling stock or the extent of the damage. 447 were here. President Armstrong confirmed that all Cal Poly students and staff were able to safely evacuate the ranch Tuesday evening as the fire approached the area. California was subjected to about 11,000 lightning strikes over the last weekend and the fires have been raging ever since. Swanton is a small community in an unincorporated area of Santa Cruz County on the Pacific coast, situated about 5 miles (8.0 km) north of the town of Davenport, to the east of State Route 1 on Swanton Road. The Swanton Pacific railway has a five-stall round house, car storage, maintenance facilities, and a turntable which the Swanton Pacific obtained from the Calistoga Steam Railroad. This miniature railway is scaled to 1/3 standard size with four miniature steam locomotives built by Louis MacDermot for the Overfair Railway. The wildfire, known as the CZU Lightning Complex Fire, is also threatening the 3-foot gauge Roaring Camp & Big Trees Narrow Gauge Railroad. We ask that you keep the Swanton Pacific Ranch and Cal Poly College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences teams in your thoughts, but refrain from reaching out directly to offer assistance to keep lines of communication open for emergency personnel. The fire damaged or destroyed the Roundhouse, Car Shop, Car Barn and Cal Barn. The Overfair was originally part of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915 which was an official celebration of the completion of the Panama Canal. A torched van sits in front of rubble near the Swanton Pacific Railroad at 297 Swanton Road in Davenport on Sunday. The CZU Lightning Complex fires swept through Cal Poly’s Swanton Pacific Ranch in Santa Cruz County on Aug. 19 and 20, destroying much of the ranch and many of its structures. Description. The San Vicente Lumber Company logged from 1905 to 1923 in the hills behind Swanton and had the Ocean Shore Railroad haul the … The fire is part of the CZU August Lightning Complex in Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties.
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