TACOMA ’75

Great Northern Mail railroad car

This is as light as I can make it without washing it out.

Sometimes you do what you can.

I manages to see the building in teh background was “F.S. Harmon Manufacturing Co.”

A little Google – Fu brought me to this pretty neat link : https://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/wm1C53_FS_Harmon_Manufacturing_Co_Tacoma_Washington

and that led me to the google machine maps and this cool view

Kinda fun to think of Dad taking this photo with his Pentax or Mamaya 35mm in 0ctober of 1971.

October 1971 under wire

Electric train with boxcars and man on top of one working.
Working on the Milwaukee under wire.

There is a lot happening – and not happening here – here if you zoom in a bit.

I did what I could to enhance with GIMP. Ecktachrome

railway yard
Where are we folks?

What I notice most is the LACK of graffiti on every darn thing and the abundance of weeds too.

In the lower image – great for the model maker – you can see a damaged end of a tank car, a few steam tenders and a steam crane too ( really zoom in basically dead center of the lower ).

Bens Spare

Photo of a caboose on the Milwaukee Road
AAR M930 October 1971
Snip featuring the car number and the words BENS SPARE
BENS SPARE
Steam engine tenders snipped from teh background.
Tenders

“Strange”, I thought when I saw this marking, “wonder who ben was”.

DUH

Bensenville, Illinois.

Interesting study done here : http://industrialscenery.blogspot.com/2016/05/milwaukees-bensenville-yard.html

February 1984 – Colton Yard California

We drive past Colton yard when we go visit my mother in law in Palm Desert so I recognize these near Cherry Ave.

February of 1984 would be cool days and colder evenings in the very busy Colton.

They are on a loop so I hope that you can stop them and zoom in for details.

So much variety back then.

February 1984 – Oakland, CA

(r to l) SP 4322, SP 4378, SSW 9403
(r to l) SP 4322, SP 4378, SSW 9403
(l to r) SP 3198, SP 3206, SP 32?4
(l to r) SP 3198, SP 3206, SP 32?4
Now and then image of the Feb 1984 and Google Street View in April 2011
April 2011 from Google and the shot above.
Caboose SP 4649
SP 4649

Oakland was a busy SP hub with the port there and all. it was no uncommon for Dad with Mom and sometimes their grandson to drive there for amusement and getting out of the house.

By 1984 SP was a bit like a study in weathering techniques for aspiring model makers and there was a variety of units.

I did the Google map thing and for sure the Cold Storage brick building is gone.

If you click that link under the 2011 vs 1984 you can see why I will not be driving down there to replicate the image…. it’s quite a place now – unfortunately.

919 W 5th St Chico, California 1985

Chico Amtrak Station May 1985

The Chico station looks pretty good in the slide from may of 1985.

Now is looks pretty haggard, ( Click to see on Google Machine ) You have to zoom in a bit to really snoop around the station.

Google view 2021
2021 Sad with windows boarded up
Pay phone is gone
AC was upgraded from the window hanger

There are a few 2017 & 2019 images at this link > IMAGES < that show the exterior and interior. Used to look nice, wish we could take better care of things

SP 8621 – Where is this? April 1985

It’s driving me nuts – looks familiar but I cannot place it & Dad never wrote locations on slides.

Southern Pacific 8621
R.I.P. SP 8621

Also – The RR archives doesn’t come up with this as a U class but there is a SD 40M-2 with that number….

What the heck is happening !

Run by October 1984

Desert run by in October of 1984

Not sure where but must be in Southern California – maybe towards Tehachapi, California .

I can almost smell the exhaust

May 85 number 9

Photo of a tired SP standard station
Station

I zoomed and searched and stood back an thought it over and really, where doesn’t matter. The texture and colors and composition ( yes on the shady side ) say “model me” some day.

The tower behind the power pole in back should be a clue but, for me any way, it’s not.

Any ideas?

May 85 Number 6 & 8

A Caboose always humanizes these images for me.

After all a boxcar full of stuff doesn’t have a personality outside that of the logo, for me anyway.

Here we are in the Ozol, Ca area again with SSW Caboose 50

Caboose SSW50 & SP engine 2624
SSW50 with SP2624

The interesting difference between the posting here at the RR archives is color and condition. Also notice the welded up windows. If I recall, Dad mentioned that the crews were getting shot at and the reduction of openings was for safety.

I wonder if anyone can confirm this ?

I also appreciate the D&H box car “snip” and of course SP 2626 that. according to teh RR Archive was revived by the UP in the 90s .

SP 2624 a SW1500 with a Caboose
SP 2624 SW1500