For most of its existence prior to 1990, Short Line Enterprises
was isolated from the use of rail transportation for its equipment
by virtue of equipment age or location. This unique situation
has required the use of trucks and, in some cases, cranes to
move equipment from place to place. This experience has made
Short Line Enterprises uniquely qualified to move railroad locomotives
and cars of all sizes to or from virtually any location.
Since 1968, when 10 ton locomotive No. 1 was moved for an
antique show, the Company has moved more than 100 pieces of equipment
to and/or from places as far away as Toronto, Ontario, Vancouver,
BC and Deer Lodge, Montana, or as close as the next town.
In 1989 the company moved a 130 ton diesel locomotive from
the Southern Pacific team track at Saugus, CA to the Newhall
Ranch trackage at Valencia. A short move of a mile and a half
that required two trucks, one special transporter, and two cranes
plus rigging equipment.
A month later a 90 ton steam locomotive and its 33 ton tender
were moved from Madrid, New Mexico, to the City of Santa Fe Springs,
California. This move required transporting the equipment 25
miles overland to a rail siding on the Santa Fe, loading it onto
two heavy duty flat cars, tying it down for shipment, transporting
it to Santa Fe Springs, reloading onto trucks and moving it to
a storage yard where temporary track had been laid.
In 1990 the company trucked its collection from Valencia to
Piru. Since then it has moved a variety of freight and passenger
cars to and from the Santa Paula branch by rail and truck.
Private car Pony Express is certified for movement in Amtrak