I am speculating; maybe remembering that this was around Thanksgiving in about 1980. My grandmother ( Fred’s mom ) would ride the train from Fresno to Martinez on occasion. The cold, foggy November air is prevalent here.
I suspect that this was produced to help rebuild a devastated Greek rail system in about 1946
In one of the boxes of Dad’s treasures there are several prints. I think a neighbor was a Seabee in the Pacific in the War and then on the Western Pacific.
The view below is a common one around here, Dad was adept at SP hunting and when he could, he would pop in to West Colton to see non SF Bay Area (home) Southern Pacific.
Personally, I enjoy “looking” at the image for location clues, back ground stories and any people that set the scene.
The Smog is there and trash along the on ramp as usual although it is typically less today.
The Type 2 VW and the F100 are revving up to board I-10 West as what seems to be an East Bound Volvo 242 heads past.
There is a phone box at bottom right among the flowering ice plant, possibly the prettiest natural element here.
I noticed a Ford Maverick to the east of the Volvo in the fast lane.
The current Google (best I could get) view shows the taller trees and smog free air that was available that day. The caption is the live link and you may want to zoom around there to compare the modern cars and things.
The talent of the shot is snipped here. I think dad would have liked today’s world of digital cropping and Google street views.
I can almost hear him saying, ” Goddamn it ! There is always a damn ploe in the way”! …-rk
Port Chicago was the scene of a horrid War Time disaster : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Chicago_disaster
With the excellent assistance of the Facebook page “680/24 Corridor History” I learned about this ATSF Station photographed at Port Costa, California. Since it’s a Private Group”, I’ll summarize here.
Roger Colton, a dear friend of Fred IV was able to explain that the station final fate of the structure ” It got cut in half and barged to Susuin City. Sat there for years on the dock before it got burned for fire department practice.
Though sad about the passing of time, the addition of all these details from real people that know the story is why I take the time to share these images. I appreciate you all. …-rk
These are from the previous box from 7th & Townsend in San Francisco. According to the RR Archives SP 3189 is a GP9R. When I saw this pair of images I was struck by how clean this unit looked. I mean, not disparage SP but some of their road units were pretty hammered by June of 1977 but this looked almost new at that time.
I started to zoom in and explore the image for clues to this cleanliness – the MU lines are clean and fresh, the lettering is sharp, paint looks good and there is very little fuel drip on the tanks.
Of course there are the number plates missing that expose the light bulbs but that’s cool – I didn’t know that there were regular light bulbs back there; I assumed florescent would be the specification.
Then I started in on the lettering and spotted this :
This leads me to believe that the unit was fairly fresh when this image was made in June of 1977., but I wish I could read it better. …-rk