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First whistle stop is at Watsonville

Modified: Monday, Nov 12th, 2012

A pair of General Motors/Electro-Motive Division F-9A diesel-electric engines that used to be in operation on the Washington Central line, will be part of the "Right on Track" celebration, a Rail Corridor ribbon cutting event, Saturday starting in Watsonville. The locomotives are currently stationed at the Pajaro Junction. (Photo by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian).

PAJARO — A pair of General Motors/Electro-Motive Division F-9A diesel-electric engines rolled into Pajaro recently in preparation for Saturday’s “Right on Track: Rail Corridor" ribbon cutting event.

The celebration is for the acquisition of the 32-mile stretch of rail and trail that runs between Watsonville and Davenport. The party will include whistle stops in Watsonville, Capitola, Live Oak and the west side of Santa Cruz. In 2010, the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Committee unanimously approved the spending of $14.2 million to buy the Santa Cruz Branch Line right-of-way for recreational rail, preservation and future transportation uses — including passenger rail, freight services and bicycle and pedestrian pathways.

The Watsonville stop will last about an hour and is being hosted by the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture and Graniterock.

For the complete article see the 11-13-2012 issue.

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