Larry Daniels’ legacy will run on — run on the rails around Northern California. That, as his neighbors mark his absence.
“Very sad. Very sad. Larry was an extremely nice neighbor,” said Renae Linder.
In the Fair Oaks community where Daniels lived, he was known as a “train guy.”
No one was surprised that when BART needed some extra expertise they called on him.
The surprise came Saturday when Daniels was hit and killed along with BART employee Christopher Shepard, while the two were inspecting track. The brakes on the train that hit them were thrown, but it couldn’t stop in time.
“The operation of the train was for training purposes. There were six employees on the train at the time of the accident,” said NTSB Spokesman James Southworth.
NTSB investigators say the training that was happening was of the sort that would be needed if striking BART Workers were to be replaced by managers.
Daniels had done a lot of work in our area, too, with Sacramento Regional Transit, and as the founding president of the Placerville and Sacramento Valley Railroad.
Fellow rail historians say the pleasure and history cruises run by that rail line today wouldn’t exist if Larry Daniels hadn’t gotten the idea and formed the group six years ago.