SP 4449 before

SP 4449

Welp today would have been Fred’s 92nd birthday and I managed to grab this print of his.

Although undated it represents SP 4449 before restoring to make The American Freedom Train and then the Daylight thereafter.

Dad lived a few houses off the SP Peninsula line where 4449 and friends used to run by all day, shaking the house like a Three Stooges movie. He credited his interest in trains to this Amazon proximity to these giant, fire breathing beasts.

That was when San Mateo Drive was dirt … he told me about the sight of the elephant towing the steam calliope north up the slight hill with the man playing the circus “oomph path path oompah” music frantically, much to his amusement as a little boy.

That makes sense to me, the train connection…. Also the imagination of those traveling passengers and the places that he could only dream about.

Later in life we visited all 50 states, most several times, large part of Canada and Mexico too… all the while photographing the trains you see here.

Happy Birthday Dad, you would have been humbled by the appreciation shown by followers here.

But dude I wish you had marked the date and location on all these…

SP 3026 MAR 71

Southern Pacific 3026 TRAIN MASTER
Train Master

Certainly in San Jose again. The Train Master was the SF Peninsula Commuter power for many years.

I Googled a bit for this data that shows only 14 units for Southern Pacific.

A bit of a rare one then.

SP 3001, 3002, 3010, 3189 June 1977

Trains in front of a brick building
Baker & Hamilton June 1977

Strange coincidence to share today.

My Dad or brother Fred IV, had marked this slide “Briggsmore Ave Modesto”. I searched with the Google machine and didn’t locate any signs of rails currently on Briggsmore Ave in Modesto.

The next step was to look at the building signage: ” BAKER & HAMILTON SINCE 1849 ” and Wiki popped up : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baker_and_Hamilton_Building

After looking over that and Google man walking around and comparing the features I decided that the slide was indeed marked wrong.

The strange coincidence comes in with my wife, Dana, who temped in this same building when it housed Macromedia, now owned by Adobe. Well, Adobe owns the building and Dana works for Adobe now.

These GP9s and GP9R are ( I think ) tied up for the Peninsula Commuter here at what is known as 7th & Townsend in San Francisco.