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June 30, 1992 | JACK SEARLES
Martin V. Smith, developer of Oxnard's Financial Plaza and other major projects, has added a 1,500-horsepower locomotive to his 18-mile Ventura County Railway Co., which connects the Port of Hueneme with the Southern Pacific line in Oxnard. Smith, president of Martin V. Smith & Associates, paid $250,000 to purchase and refurbish the engine, which is capable of pulling 40 freight cars. The engine, formerly owned by the Great Western Railway Co. of Loveland, Colo.
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June 30, 1992 | JACK SEARLES
Martin V. Smith, developer of Oxnard's Financial Plaza and other major projects, has added a 1,500-horsepower locomotive to his 18-mile Ventura County Railway Co., which connects the Port of Hueneme with the Southern Pacific line in Oxnard. Smith, president of Martin V. Smith & Associates, paid $250,000 to purchase and refurbish the engine, which is capable of pulling 40 freight cars. The engine, formerly owned by the Great Western Railway Co. of Loveland, Colo.
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July 8, 1992 | PATRICK McCARTNEY
Painted bright yellow with blue trim, the Martha K made the ground shake Tuesday during her inaugural appearance in Ventura County. Purchased for $250,000 by the Ventura County Railway Co., the refurbished diesel locomotive is the company's newest railroad engine to ply the 18-mile stretch of rails between Oxnard and the Port of Hueneme. Company officials observed the occasion with a brief ceremony and reception.
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August 6, 1998 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT and STEVE OSMAN
Despite flashing red warning lights and a loud horn, a man drove his car into an Oxnard railroad intersection Wednesday and was struck by a slow-moving train. Malibu resident Joseph Buffer appeared to be uninjured in the noontime collision at Oxnard Boulevard and Wooley Road, witnesses said. Buffer, who had been driving to see a movie at an Oxnard theater, was able to push his smashed 1992 Audi off the tracks before driving home. He planned to skip the movie, he said.
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January 13, 1997 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
KerBLAM! Grrrr, pothole. Another of Ventura County's rich, deep and harrowingly diverse specimens of road rot. If it was deep enough, the next sound you heard was probably the clanging racket of your oil pan, kingpins and lug nuts all dropping off at once. Followed none too shortly by the sickening whine of a tow-truck winch and the chilling beep of a mechanic's cash register. Potholes are easy to make. Just lay asphalt. Add rainwater.
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June 17, 1989 | DENISE HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
As a tot, Carmen S. Chappell would lie in bed feigning sleep, awaiting the nightly shrieks and rumblings that shook her parents' California bungalow. Then she'd creep out of bed and climb through the window to meet the steam-engine trains that screeched to a halt nightly at the Trona Railway interchange, near China Lake, where her father worked as road master. Decades later, Chappell, one of 13 children, still recalls the faces and drawls of soot-smudged train engineers who gravely tipped their hats, admonished her about schoolwork and doled out candy and chewing gum to a little girl up way past her bedtime, breathless in the dark of the Mojave Desert but shivering with pride.
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June 1, 1989 | DENISE HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
As a tot, Carmen S. Chappell would lay in bed feigning sleep, awaiting the nightly shrieks and rumblings that shook her parents' California bungalow the way a fox terrier shakes a rat. Then she'd creep out of bed and climb through the window to meet the steam-engine trains that screeched to a halt nightly at the Trona Railway interchange, near China Lake, where her father worked as road master. Decades later, Chappell, one of 13 children, still recalls the faces and drawls of soot-smudged train engineers who gravely tipped their hats, admonished her about schoolwork and doled out candy and chewing gum to a little girl up way past her bedtime, breathless in the dark of the Mojave Desert but shivering with pride.
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