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 Ozol, CA ( I think )

Ozol is a great name.

It’s 13 points in Scrabble. Its basically not there ( GOOGLE LINK ).

Wiki says it is a Defense Fuel Support Depot .

Ozol was a generic term around here for anything west of Martinez and east of C&H at Crockett.

SP 3199, 9289 and 7473
SP 3199, 9289 and 7473
SP 3199

Google machine says :

The EMD, Electro Motive Division, GP40P-2 is a type of four-axle, 3,000hp, diesel locomotive built specially for the Southern Pacific railroad in 1974.

It is a rare version of the GP40, with only three built (SP #3197–3199), but all remain on the Indiana Harbor Belt and Union Pacific railroads.

Although that was in 2013.

I do know that the single shot is very detailed and I quite like it.

Full Circle

Hi again, been a while.

We moved back home in April and I finally have time to post. We have been unpacking and remediating the mess left by the renters and making improvements and setting up the garage and offices and working from home and and and !

Strange how moving back to your childhood home can make you think.

For example, there are some taller trees here about and the road names are the same but they are not as ingrained as they were when they were on my paper route.

Occasionally I am struck by the same difference from 1974 to now. The bad memories are stifled and the good surface more often lately.

Interestingly, “my” office was my late brother’s bedroom and then mine in the early 2000s and Dad’s (Fred III)’s office after he retired.

In this same room these same slides were stored for years.

They were sorted and thinned – but not labeled ( Thanks Dad ! )

And now here I am sharing these same slides. Is it weird? Yeah, it is. But it’s sure nice to be home.

Many of the SP slides are in a foot locker – like an Army one – that I think was my Uncle’s from World War 2. Its stuffed with yellow boxes and therefore it’s a grab – bag to start posting from again.

MAY 1985 in Oakland, Ca. I suspect a "museum" move of some sort. SP 3765 lights ablaze at Jack London Square.
MAY 1985 in Oakland, Ca. I suspect a “museum” move of some sort. SP 3765 lights ablaze at Jack London Square.
MAY 1985 in Oakland, Ca. I suspect a "museum" move of some sort. SP 3765 lights ablaze at Jack London Square.
My beautiful picture

Yes it’s a little blurry – I thought it was me but it is – still kinda neat and it “feels” fast.

Hope all are well

SP 2685 EMD SW1500

Southern Pacific EMD SW1500 number 2685 likely in the San Jose area approximately 1971.
SP 2685

Although a little shady at the left this image was worth the scan and adjust. The unit is EMD SW1500 and based on the RR Archives; its all of about two years old here … estimating by the other prints in this box.

That archive link shows it in pretty rough shape and makes me think that this little work horse was never repainted.

Also a guess but I think San Jose, California – or thereabouts. Dad did work in the Houston office for a time in 1970 where he bought a used Ford Maverick but the hills say California to me.

SP Budd RDC-1 No. 10 and you can help save it!

Front end view of Southern Pacific number 10 Budd Manufacturing  Rail Diesel Car type 1
SP RDC-1 #10

This is from September 1969 and although I am unsure where teh time line is right for Dad being in San Jose office.

Budd made quite a few Rail Diesel Cars however, SP only purchased one unit. This car is alive and here is the history : https://www.splives.org/wp/sp-10/history/

There is one photo RRARCHIVES from a few months ago that states this car is actually slated for restoration at the planned Southern Pacific History Center

They have a donation pager here : https://www.splives.org/wp/