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Golden Gate Railroad Museum
Reporting mark GGRMX
Locale Sunol, California
Dates of operation 1975–
Website http://www.ggrm.org/

The Golden Gate Railroad Museum (reporting mark GGMX) is a non-profit railroad museum in California that is dedicated to the preservation of steam and passenger railroad equipment, as well as the interpretation of local railroad history.

History

The Golden Gate Railroad Museum (GGRM) traces its origins to 1972, when Mike Mangini first spotted ex-SP 2472, a steam locomotive that had been on static display in the San Mateo County Fairgrounds parking lot since 1959. In 1975, Mangini was granted permission to take the locomotive away, and weekend volunteers began restoring 2472 on weekends, shortly thereafter incorporating as Project 2472. After the boiler was restored, the locomotive was moved in 1990 to San Francisco at the Hunters Point Shipyard. On April 30, 1991, 2472 moved under its own power to Santa Clara and then Sacramento for display at Railfair '91.

SP 4450, an SD9 named "Huff" (144120961)
SP 4450 "Huff" at GGRM in Hunters Point; subsequently sold to WPRM in 2006, scrapped in 2013.

The museum was initially located in Hunters Point until the Navy notified GGRM in August 2005 that all leases would be cancelled and the area would need to be vacated by February 2006, as it was turning the site over to the city. The museum moved its collection of 12 locomotives and over 25 pieces of rolling stock to Sunol, California, home of the Niles Canyon Railway operated by the Pacific Locomotive Association (PLA); some of the collection was sold or donated to other historical rail sites, including the Western Pacific Railroad Museum (WPRM), operated by the Feather River Rail Society (FRRS). FRRS and PLA participated in the GGRM's big move, with FRRS loaning road-worthy engines and crews to facilitate the move. In exchange, GGRM donated several locomotives and cars to WPRM.

In January 2017, GGRM announced it would be moving to Schellville, California, on the Northwestern Pacific Railroad. The GGRM's new Schellville yard, near Victory Station, was fenced in late 2018, and the move to Schellville commenced in March 2020. Preparations to move the fleet included replacing obsolete brake valves on passenger cars, fixing air leaks, and replacing wheel sets.

The offices of GGRM are in Redwood City. The museum performs restoration work on its collection, which it showcases for special events.

Collection

The collection of the GGRM is centered around the equipment used by Southern Pacific for its Peninsula Commute operation along the San Francisco Peninsula between San Francisco and San Jose.

Rolling stock of the Golden Gate Railroad Museum
Fleet No. Image Mfr. Model Wheel arr. Built Notes Refs.
Locomotives
2472 Southern Pacific Railroad 4-6-2 -2472 at Sunol California May 2009.jpg Baldwin P-8 4-6-2 January 1921 Retired in 1957 and on static display at the San Mateo County Fairgrounds from 1959 until 1976.
3194 SP 3194 at Oyster Point, CA in November 1978 (32682700780).jpg EMD GP9 B-B May 1954 Built as T&NO 281, renumbered to SP 5895 in 1961, then 3001 in 1965, and finally 3194 in 1977. Worked Peninsula Commute from 1960/61 to 1985. Retired in 1998 and donated to GGRM.
1487 SP 1487 FM H-12-44.jpg FM H-12-44 B-B January 1953 Formerly U.S. Army No. 1847; acquired in March 1995 and repainted in "Tiger Stripe" livery as replica of yard switcher SP 1487.
6378 & 6380 EMD F7A B-B July 1952 Traded to General Electric in the late 1960s; resold and served on short lines WAG as 2100 and 2000, then to L&NW as 46 and 45 in 1969.
GGRM 9 GE 65-ton B-B 1943 Originally built for U.S. Navy in 1943; used for shop switching duties at GGRM and formerly numbered as 3 when collection was at Hunters Point.
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