Unit 1809 went to the Alaska RR in november 1952, as it was leased from the Army for a 3 year trial period. In november 1955, it went back to Vandenberg Air Force Base (CA). In late 1981 / early 1982, it went to the Pacific SW Railroad Museum (San Diego Railroad Museum) toghether with #1820.
San Diego & Arizona #1809 prepares to pull its excursion train eastbound up the 1.4%
grade to Miller Creek with volunteer engineer Jack O'Lexey at the throttle. These
excursion trains are run most every weekend and most holidays at 12:01 and 2:30 on a
fifteen mile round trip into the mountains of San Diego County. #1809 is an EMD MRS-1
(Military Road Switcher with variable gauge) built in 1952, and wears the "Black
Widow" paint scheme made famous by the Southern Pacific.
Detailed history, available on the SDRM website.