The California Western runs inland from Fort Bragg in Northern California, over the coast range to Willits. Originally built to haul redwood logs to the big mill in Fort Bragg, that business is long gone and the railroad survives as a tourist hauler. It is nicknamed the "Skunk Train" because of the smelly exhaust that was spewed by the early railbus that carried passengers back in the day.
On this day int August we arrived in Fort Bragg with the intention of riding the normal steam-powered round trip up the mountain to Northspur, but tunnel issues had the trip cut back to a short shuttle operation. Adding insult to injury, #45, the trim logging 2-8-2 that normally powers the train, had mechanical issues this morning and was tucked away in the enginehouse, under steam but temporarily out of service pending some attention.
GP-9 #65, a former Southern Pacific diesel, does the honors. We grabbed a quick shot of the departure and then continued on our way.