North Pacific Coast Masons in Action

One of the Mason Bogies that saw the longest use by any railroad was Number 2, the San Rafel of the North Pacific Coast RR, logging 40 years of service.  Her 0-6-6T brother, the Bully Boy (pictured above) logged over 25 years of service.   In the above photo, the Bully Boy is pulling a passenger consist of seven cars out of the NPC passenger shed in Sausalito.  The passengers have just disembarked from the NPC ferry the Sausalito seen on the left after traveling from San Francisco.   Source – “Narrow Gauge to the Redwoods” – p60

Both engines were used in primarily in traffic to and from end of line stations lacking turntables, as they worked equally well running in either direction.  Click the above photo for a larger image.

All photos on this page are from ‘Narrow Gauge to the Redwoods – the Story of the North Pacific Coast Railway …”, an outstanding in-print book on this interesting narrow gauge line.


Ok, this may not be an action photo, or is it?  What a cool flat car load — the Bully Boy’s builders photo.  Click the photo for a bigger image.


It’s 1890.  The San Rafel has just pushed a track inspection car into Mill Valley.Source – “Narrow Gauge to the Redwoods” – p72Click photo for a larger image.


This photo, taken in 1892 shows the San Rafael pulling a passenger train tender first out of Mill Valley back to Sausalito.Source – “Narrow Gauge to the Redwoods” – p72.  Click the photo for a larger image.


This photo, also from 1892 shows the San Rafael on its way to Mill Valley from the train shed in Sausalito.  Source – “Narrow Gauge to the Redwoods” – p74Click photo for a larger image.


In this 1903 photo, the San Rafael is in the ditch as a result of jumping the track near Millwood.  Its the only top view of a Mason Bogie in the Archive.Source – “Narrow Gauge to the Redwoods” – p108Click photo for a larger image. 


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