One reason metal toys from this era can be so valuable was that many were melted down to win the war. Unlike World War I, which bolstered the fortunes of the Pacific Coast Railway, World War II spelled the end. The story is from Sept. 9, 1942.
Ask to Abandon Last Tracks of Narrow Gauge
The end of the colorful narrow gauge rail line between San Luis Obispo and Port San Luis was in sight today as the Port San Luis Transportation Co. asked the Interstate Commerce Commission for permission to abandon the line.
Request for the abandonment of the 12 remaining miles of track was made on the grounds that the rails are needed for war production purposes, according to a United Press dispatch from Washington D.C.
The War Production Board had asked for the rails, the company set forth stating that it would substitute truck freight service from San Luis Obispo to the Port.
Once a vital factor in central coast commerce, the narrow gauge line has dwindled in importance during recent years. All but 12 miles of the tracks were torn up recently following the sale of the company by the Pacific Coast Railway company.
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In other news on the page a transport ship burned in the Atlantic, the passengers and crew were rescued. The writer of the story was a young United Press correspondent named Walter Cronkite.
Two men were injured on the remaining active railroad. A Southern Pacific freight train rammed a caboose trapping two men on the Hathway siding near Cal Poly.