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Balloon Track Locomotives on the Move 

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Mark McKenna
Crews worked last week to move four locomotives owned by Matt Monson from the Balloon Track, where they have been for more than a decade, across Commercial Street. The locomotives were being moved so their owner can dismantle them and ship them to Turlock.
Mark McKenna
Brett Tallman, a friend of Matt Monson, who owns the locomotives, tightens a chain while crews from Humboldt Towing worked to get the engine on a front wheel assembly so that it could be moved to a more accessible piece of the Balloon Track property.
Mark McKenna
The first locomotive took longer to move than expected, with the crew the locomotive's owner, Matt Monson, brought to move the four locomotives worked into the evening.
Mark McKenna
After getting the locomotive to move about an inch in either direction, owner Matt Monson attempted to pull it forward with his service truck while his friend Brett Tallman attempted to push it with a Track Mobile.
Mark McKenna
The tracks crossing Commercial Street haven't been used in years, but the night of Nov. 29 would see four locomotives make the crossing.
Mark McKenna
After numerous attempts to get the locomotive moving, owner Matt Monson and crew used the wench of this semi to get it going.
Mark McKenna
Locomotive owner Matt Monson watches as the first locomotive it is pushed across Commercial Street.
Mark McKenna
Matt Monson comes to check on Brett Tallman after the track mobile he is operating wasn't able to push the locomotive any farther.
Mark McKenna
The crew added sand to the tracks for more traction.
Mark McKenna
After multiple attempts, the crew was able to get the locomotive moving again.
Mark McKenna
The locomotive rolls slowly toward Commercial Street.
Mark McKenna
Brett Tallman drives his track mobile over the rails in the Balloon Track to clear vegetation that had overgrown the tracks.
Mark McKenna
The crew pulls the third locomotive across Commercial Street.
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Mark McKenna
Crews worked last week to move four locomotives owned by Matt Monson from the Balloon Track, where they have been for more than a decade, across Commercial Street. The locomotives were being moved so their owner can dismantle them and ship them to Turlock.

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