SP Commuter bits

Pencil for scale
April 1965
Diamond2 4687 was out home phone number

October 1975 Cedar Ave Over Crossing

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.

Photo of Southern Pacific Railroad engines from Cedar Avenue Over Crossing
Cedar Avenue Over Crossing

Personally, I enjoy “looking” at the image for location clues, back ground stories and any people that set the scene.

Snip of slide one showing VW Bus and Ford Pick Up driving on to teh on ramp.
VW and Ford Pick Up

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.

Pole mounted telephone box and flowering ice plant.
Call box

There is a phone box at bottom right among the flowering ice plant, possibly the prettiest natural element here.

Snip of a red Ford Maverick in teh background.
Ford Maverick

I noticed a Ford Maverick to the east of the Volvo in the fast lane.

Snip of Google view from the same general spot.
Google View

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.

Close up view of the Southern Pacific railroad engines from above.
Zoomed in on the talent

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

May 1973 Port Chicago, Ca.


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.

The station was located here

Map with marking from internet shared by Greg McKinnion
Greg Mckinnon Photo
Satellite view of the main Street and Waterview in Port Chicago, California from  Google
The little google man doesn’t go there

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

SP 3189 June 77

Southern Pacific engine 3189
SP 3189
Southern Pacific engine 3189
SP 3189

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.

Zoom in on left front of SP 3189 showing missing number panels that expose two round incandescent light bulbs and wires.
Missing Teeth

Then I started in on the lettering and spotted this :

zoomed in of side showing lettering on SP 3189 that seems to read ??????0-4-77-SAC.

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