Iron Horse was contacted in 2007 to see if we could help with some of the challenges facing Operation Jump Start. OJS Task Force VISTA was looking for rail material for use in protection of our southern border. We were sure we could help and this grew into a significant expansion to our work with the federal government.
Our close teamwork with the CA National Guard and US Border Patrol, key elements of Task Force VISTA, was a great success. IHPS had removed and shipped rail from a number of locations including Vandenberg AFB, Oakland Army Depot, Sacramento Army Depot, and the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base. Iron Horse received a unique and magnificent plaque of appreciation from the Task Force commander for these efforts.
As Operation Jump Start came to a close it was evident that Iron Horse Preservation's involvement allowed the mission to complete successfully.
In Appreciation for your support of the California National Guard Joint Task Force Vista. The rail you secured will enable the engineers of our task force to fabricate over thirteen additional miles of anti-vehicle barriers which are vital to Homeland Security and our efforts to control terrorism, criminal activity, drug trafficking, and illegal entry along our Southern Border. These barriers will become an integral component of our defense as we provide support to Customs and Border Protection as directed by the President of theUnited States. Your efforts reflect great credit upon the Iron Horse Preservation Society, the State ofNevada, and the United States of America.
Nathaniel S. Reddicks, Col. CA ANG
Commander, Joint Task Force Vista
“Rails That Built America
Become Barriers to Secure America
26 July 2007”
Iron Horse worked on the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in 2008. Our execution of rail takeout was flawless having to work around special bird species nesting and strict military guidelines.
IHPS teamed up with the City of Brisbane and their Parks and Recreation Department to develop a 2.5-mile loop trail around the Crocker Business Park. The trail is located in beautiful Guadalupe Valley at the foot of San Bruno Mountain, just south of San Francisco, CA.
Pictured Above: Before removal and trail work
At no cost to the City of Brisbane, IHPS cleared out a heavily overgrown rail corridor. IHPS then removed the out of service track, repaired, graded and compacted the roadbed. Improvements added to the trail by IHPS to make for a complete turnkey operation included benches, signage, dog mitt stations, and waste receptacles.
Pictured Above: After removal and trail work
In addition, IHPS was able to provide one mile of track to the Commission for the Reconstruction of the V&T. Read what the San Francisco Examiner had to say.