Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad

This is definitely worth checking out if you want something fun to do. The trains here are Diesel and Steam. The steam mostly runs on Saturdays and for special events. Billy Jones was a railroad man for nearly his entire life. He was born in 1884 in Ben Lomond, California and at age 13, he began his railroad employment as a roustabout with the South Pacific Coast Railroad. He would eventually work for the Southern Pacific Railroad running locomotives up and down the California coast until his retirement in 1950. In 1939, Billy was on a layover in San Francisco and noticed a rusty old steam locomotive in a scrap yard destined to be shipped to Japan. Billy decided to purchase the one-third scale locomotive and then transferred it to his ranch located in Los Gatos and would spend countless hours restoring the engine. The No. 2 would go on to be the centerpiece of Billy’s railroad which eventually opened on his ranch in 1943.

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