This was a funny little shot to find in a box. Location not noted but looks like a good started project for a speeder restoration person.
1981 was a 9 weeks on the road year like 1978 was. Leave in June when school ended and return in September when just before school started.
It’s kinda funny that just yesterday my oldest friend and I were discussing my strange memory and then I came across this box of Milwaukee Road images.
I seem to have the ability to recall in great detail places I visited once or twice while on the road and I still ” see ” my hometown as it was in the 70s… drive’s my wife nuts when we are there and I call out lunch at Arthur’s liquors ( its been a Mexican place since about 1980 ) .
See I can recall precisely the place this was taken, the heat and even a bit of the discussion Dad and I had about the “domes that contained palm trees”.
This terrarium seemed odd since we have three palms in the yard at home. “…think winter… ” was his reply. Oh, yeah.
I did check Google for confirmation – that the spot was the same.
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Lucky for me the ball park and arboretum are still there.
Also It realize its called Butler Yard and it has changed a lot… really most of it is gone now. I do like the high views tho..
I came across a Reddit trains thread and started to share Dad’s photos there too.
That made me want to re-share these Click me for Mexico
Was passing a box of “ needs to scan” and this was an easy pick.
Look like S P 6423 to me.
I thought that it would be fun to try and locate the spot and got pretty close. Then I discovered the slider thing for a before / after effect.
The trees grew for sure
The Milwaukee was one of Dad’s favorite roads to photograph.
He ( and later we ) would find and photograph the Milwaukee Road in our northern states summer trips.
This is from July 1973, Dad was working in the Portland office of his company and that meant weekends on the Milwaukee & SP&S instead of coming back to the SF Bay Area every weekend.
Here we have a tired slide that was shot on the dark side and has age spots – like me !
It looks a bit like a H.O. Model on my PC Screen.
Summer grass punctuated by a miniature monolith. Abandoned grey aged plank church, cows in distant, poles, wires and a pallet under the wire and along the old style concrete road way posts.
I really like it.
Another switcher on the Milwaukee probably in Spokane, Washington.
EMD SW 1200 built 11/1954 – almost 66 years ago and a mere 21 year old seen here.
I’m visiting the desert this week and it’s 102f in the shade.
I’m reminded of the days of summer travels with Dad and Mom and occasionally Brother Fred across California and Nevada and Utah.
The hot super dry air kicks my ass more now than then; I’m spoilt by ocean side living these last few seasons.
Yet the familiar sage, sand a Roadrunner that has been around the back yard throughout the day make me think of the long days on Hwy 50 “chasing” trains .
The road would humm under the G78-15 tires and the brick like aerodynamic shape of Harvey ( the truck ) made a jet like background noise.
There was usually a scanner blasting through an 8ohm dynamic single speaker facing the transmission hump and a Ford Factory speaker facing the windshield, searching for an AM signal that would drift in and out.
This image is from later years I suspect but it’s nostalgic as it is going to get on an iPhone.
UP 8444 leading an excursion .
So lets see, 2019 – 1975 = 44 years !
Well I tried to get this lined up but Google Man will not walk down the track.
Still it makes sense to try the Before/After Slider Thing but you can see the spot here better on your own.
Maybe Google Man doesn’t want to crew with the track group spotted here in 2019.
MILW 5800 is a U36C according to the RR Archives and was scrapped in 1985
So let’s see 2019 – 1985 = 34 years !
Dad loved Washington and Oregon and the Milwaukee was there with his beloved SP&S.
This is August of 1973 and was probably a weekend between weeks that he had while working out of the Portland office.
See way before work at home and the internet, you actually had to leave your family behind and go to a different city to work when “Voluen-Told” to do so. Also that was how you proved your self & ascended in a company. Yep days gone by for sure.
Based on the RR Archive, this would have been five years into the upgrade from U28 to U30B.
I think that the Milwaukee is pretty special as well with their variety of equipment and their rural lines through the wilds of the high plains, into the northern midwest to the Lake Michigan. Some of my best childhood travels were along these lines and they are still discussed today on a Reddit thread occasionally..
Anyway here is to the simpler times and Kodachrome memories.