Sunol, California [May 2001]

Summer can be hot in Niles Canyon. Sunny and really hot, especially if you're tamping ballast, spiking rail, steaming up an engine, or in uniform. But, summer brings out the crowds to the Niles Canyon Railway, and crews cope with sunscreen, attitude, and lots of water.

The boarding platform at Sunol on a sunny Sunday. People everywhere. How many PLA members can you spot?
Brakeman Shannon offers a squinting welcome to passengers.
General Manager Dexter Day does not appear to be pleased.
As the day moves into the evening, the Bay Area's "natural air conditioning" kicks in, with cool air and overcast skies.

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