With four tank engines pulling trains through California’s beautiful Niles Canyon, Steamfest 2010 was billed as the largest gathering of working steam locomotives in California since Railfair 1999. On the weekend of March 20th and 21st, 2010, the Niles Canyon Railway and the Pacific Locomotive Association hosted Steamfest II. TSG Multimedia’s crew was there to cover the entire event, including unpublicized test runs and a quadruple-header! The NCRY’s Robert Dollar Co. No. 3 and Quincy Railroad Co. No. 2, both 2-6-2Ts, were joined by 0-6-0T Granite Rock No. 10 from the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento, and 2-6-2T Mason County Logging Co. No 7 from the Roots of Motive Power collection in Willits, California.
The main event, on Saturday, featured double-headed run-bys with passenger and freight trains in the morning and afternoon, and a special midday quadruple-headed passenger train! On Sunday the general public was treated to excursions behind individual steam locomotives, with two passenger trains running between Niles and Sunol, and a third running from Sunol to the NCRY’s Union Pacific interchange at Hearst and back again!