CWR (California Western Railroad) Diesel #53

CWR Diesel #53 currently languishes in desparate need of refurbishment in the yard of Roots of Motive Power in Willets– see picture below:

CWR Diesel in yard at Roots of Motive Powe in Willits

CWR Diesel in yard at Roots of Motive Powe in Willits

Club President Phil Miller has a superb G-scale radio controlled battery powered copy of #53. Phil’s #53 is in pristine condition as you can see in the photo below:

Club President Phil Miller's CWR Diesel #53

Club President Phil Miller’s CWR Diesel #53

Last week at our Wednesday brekkers meeting a copy of Blowing Smoke Up the Noyo was being circulated. Phil was idly perusing the book when he became quite animated – there was a picture of #53 in operation – the first that he had seen. The photo is below and as you can see there is snow on the ground. As snow is pretty rare around Fort Bragg my suspicion is that the photo was taken in Willits.

Diesel #53 in the snow

Diesel #53 in the snow

Anyone have a source for more photos of #53?