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SP Photos from the Years 1985 to 1989
A BAAVT chugs through Alcant with an all GE lashup of B30-7's 7826 and 7816 spliced by B23-7 5112. On February 9, 1985, these GE's were pretty unusual, especially the B23-7 being in California. Date:
1985-02-09
Added:
2007-08-12
Later in the afternoon, the BAAVT rolls across the big bridge just north of Fresno on its way to a crew change. Date:
1985-02-09
Added:
2007-08-12
Cotton Belt SD45T-2 9404, the last one delivered to the SP, roars south through the east switch of Earlimart, CA with the PTLAT in tow on February 9, 1985. The trailing edge of a winter storm has left a perfect "Kodachrome" sky at the south of the San Joaquin Valley. Date:
1985-02-09
Added:
2007-08-12
Late in the afternoon of February 9, 1985, the PTLAT charges up the north slope of Tehachapi. SSW SD45T-2 9404, UP U30C 2836 and SD40-2 3535 have 88 cars in tow as a Santa Fe train rolls down hill at Sandcut. Date:
1985-02-09
Added:
2007-08-12
A westbound basks in spectacular afternoon light at Bena. This train has nine units on the point and is about to switch out the last five units into the Bena Helper Spur, which is a little unusual. Most helpers in this era were mid-train helpers, but a few westbounds would have point helpers. Date:
1985-02-09
Added:
2007-08-12
Railroading SP style! An RVCIK blasts your truly out of the sleeping bag at Sandcut on the morning of February 10, 1985. Back then, the T-2 and the SD45 were king. The headend power is 8256-8569-SSW9285-9332 while 54 cars back are the helpers 8275-9105-9120-9359-8350-SSW8326. Date:
1985-02-10
Added:
2007-08-12
A westbound SP train rolls down out of Caliente, CA on February 10, 1985 with 7367-7345-9143-7383. Date:
1985-02-10
Added:
2007-08-12
Experimentally painted SP SD44R 7399 rolls across Broadway Ave. in Jack London Square on April 13th, 1985. The power is still cold as it gives off a small cloud of grey smoke as the engineer cracks the throttle. Twenty years later, Jack London Square looks completely different; too bad the signal bridge didn't survive. Date:
1985-04-13
Added:
2007-08-12
Salinas Valley vegetables, especially lettuce, were always big business for the SP. In 1980's were the last stand of the solid mechanical refeer blocks headed for the east coast. By the 1990's, refrigerated trailers had the upper hand on this business. On Saturday, April 13, 1985, commute SDP45's 3206 and 3209 have a 110 car perishable (WJRVP) in hand at Jack London Square. Date:
1985-04-13
Added:
2007-08-12
April 21, 1985 finds brand new GP40-2 SSW7253 leading three beat up SD's (SSW9268, 9148, SSW9383) on a KCBAT past the King Street PG&E terminal. Date:
1985-04-21
Added:
2007-08-12
CSRM's SP E9A 6051 leads a passenger special with SP SDP45's 3201 and 3207. Seen here arriving at Oakland's 16th Street Station on April 27, 1985. Date:
1985-04-27
Added:
2007-08-12
Cotton Belt 9392 and SP 7364 have a little problem while doubling over their long KCBAT at Oakland, CA on October 9, 1985. Having busted their air, the red emergency Mars light in the nose of SSW 9392 has come on. In a few minutes, everything will be corrected and the KCBAT will complete its double-over into the Homestead Yard. Date:
1985-10-09
Added:
2007-12-31
The hot CHOAT rolls through the curves at Pinole, CA. The power on this sunny October 9th, 1985 is 9227-9129-3209 with 22 loads and 1 empty (caboose 1907). Date:
1985-10-09
Added:
2007-12-31
The KCOAT has Jack London Square in Oakland, CA tied up on October 13, 1985. Power is a mixed bag of power, including 8258-8937-DRGW3082-9189-7861. Date:
1985-10-13
Added:
2007-12-31
The OAWCT starts out of the Homestead end of the Oakland Yard with a distinctly Southern California lashup of 7834-7845-4341-7844-4079-4815. Date:
1985-10-20
Added:
2007-12-31
SP B30-7 7834 leads the OAWCT out of Oakland, CA on October 20th, 1985. Date:
1985-10-20
Added:
2007-12-31
The OAWCT comes through Jack London Square on October 20th, 1985. B30-7's 7834, 7845, and 7844, SD9E 4341, GP20 4079, and GP38-2 4815 have the train well in hand. Of course, the OAWCT is a Trailer train in name only; there are cuts of cement hoppers and plastic pellet cars on the head-end. Date:
1985-10-20
Added:
2007-12-31
The fireman bails off the OAWCT at Mulford Yard in Hayward, CA in order to start making a pick-up. Date:
1985-10-20
Added:
2007-12-31
A cement train with SD45's 8909 and 7498 leading is about to make a crew change at Oakland, CA on October 20th, 1985. Date:
1985-10-20
Added:
2007-12-31
A westbound hot trailer train is rolling past Lenzen Avenue in San Jose on October 20th, 1985. Recently demoted SDP45 3201 leads 9333, 8291, and 7436. Date:
1985-10-20
Added:
2008-01-01
Close up of the "Roundhouse" sign on the old Lenzen Avenue Roundhouse in San Jose, CA. Date:
1985-10-20
Added:
2008-01-01
Another shot of the Lenzen Avenue Roundhouse in San Jose, CA. Date:
1985-10-20
Added:
2008-01-01
The Permanente Local, having left Newhall Yard, passes the Lenzen Avenue Roundhouse on October 20th, 1985. While SP had assigned a TEBU slug set to San Jose to work the Permanente, on this day, the slug set is in the shop and the local is being handled by SD9E's 4450 and 4451 and GP9E's 3855 and 3878. Date:
1985-10-20
Added:
2008-01-01
The Permanente Local heads down the Vasona Branch in Campbell, CA on October 20, 1985. Date:
1985-10-20
Added:
2008-01-01
Huff and Puff, SP's two former passenger SD9E's 4450 and 4451, lead GP9E 3855 and 3878 on the Permanente Local at Campbell, CA. Date:
1985-10-20
Added:
2008-01-01
The Permanente Local passes one of my favorite station names on the former SP, Champagne Fountain, on the Vasona Branch. SP SD9E's 4450 and 4451 and GP9E's 3855 and 3878 have a short train of hoppers in tow to the Kaiser Permanente cement plant. Date:
1985-10-20
Added:
2008-01-01
The Permanente Local at Champagne Fountain, CA on the Vasona Branch. Date:
1985-10-20
Added:
2008-01-01
The old Kern Junction Tower stood at the intersection of the Santa Fe and Southern Pacific mainlines in Bakersfield and was responsible for sorting out their respective trains. Kern Tower also shared the responsibility of track permits on the double track portion of the SP between Baker Street and beginning of CTC at Sandcut. Date:
1985-10-26
Added:
2008-01-02
A westbound SP with 9333-9339-8544-7448 running elephant style starts down the Tehachapi Pass at Cable, CA. Date:
1985-10-26
Added:
2008-01-02
Another shot of SP 9333 West at Cable, CA. Date:
1985-10-26
Added:
2008-01-02
SP 9333 West drifts down the canyon at Cable, CA with 9339, 8544, and 7448. Date:
1985-10-26
Added:
2008-01-02
A Southern Pacific westbound rolls down the Tehachapi Pass at Cable, CA. Date:
1985-10-26
Added:
2008-01-02
A heavy eastbound SP with 9361-7437-8308-9088-8504 and a six engine helper about two-thirds of the way back grinds its way up through Cable, CA on October 26th, 1985. Date:
1985-10-26
Added:
2008-01-02
The six unit helper on SP 9361 East at Cable, CA includes 7478-9365-8554-8341-9340-7384. Date:
1985-10-26
Added:
2008-01-02
Another westbound SP train rolls down the canyon at Cable, CA with 7536-8384-8245-8291 leading. Date:
1985-10-26
Added:
2008-01-02
A monster RVCIM with 133 loads of lumber climbs the last few miles of the north slope of Tehachapi. The SP has called out every engine it can find for this train; the five road engines (3201-9242-7339-7400-9333) are being assisted by a six unit head-end helper (7478-9365-8554-8341-9340-7384), a six unit mid-train helper (8249-SSW9296-9183-8501-8377-8239), and a two unit swing helper (7432-8256) 13 cars from the rear-end. Date:
1985-10-26
Added:
2008-01-02
Another shot of the eleven unit headend of the RVCIM at Cable, CA. Date:
1985-10-26
Added:
2008-01-02
The mid-train helper on the RVCIM, 8249-SSW9296-9183-8501-8377-8239, at Cable, CA on October 26th, 1985. Date:
1985-10-26
Added:
2008-01-02
The swing helper on the RVCIM at Cable, CA is 7432-8256. Date:
1985-10-26
Added:
2008-01-02
A RVCIM blasts through Edison with 117 loads of lumber with a real mixed bag of SD40T-2 8490, SD39 5302, GP20 4079, GP38-2 4815, and SD40T-2 8317. The engineer must have been a little nervous about the lead lashup, but with two helper sets buried in the train, they'll probably make it to the top of the Tehachapi Pass. Date:
1985-10-27
Added:
2008-01-02
Roster shot of unrebuilt GP20 4079. Date:
1985-10-27
Added:
2008-01-02
Roster shot of SP GP38-2 4815. Date:
1985-10-27
Added:
2008-01-02
Roster shot of SP SD39 5302. Date:
1985-10-27
Added:
2008-01-02
Broadside of SP SD39 5302. Date:
1985-10-27
Added:
2008-01-02
The RVCIM blasts through the curve between Bena and Ilmon with 8490-5302-4079-4815-8317 leading. Date:
1985-10-27
Added:
2008-01-03
Going away shot of SP 8490 East at Bena, CA. Date:
1985-10-27
Added:
2008-01-03
The RVCIM, with the SP 8490 in the lead, has a first helper of 9254-8573-7848-7670-7327-8288. Date:
1985-10-27
Added:
2008-01-03
SP 8490 East starts out of the siding at Bealville, CA with a 118 car RVCIM. Two sets of helpers buried in the train have got their work cut out for them for the remainder of the climb to Tehachapi. Date:
1985-10-27
Added:
2008-01-07
SP 8490 roars into the curve at the east end of Bealville, CA. Headend of the RVCIM is a very atypical Tehachapi lashup of SD40T-2 8490, SD39 5302, unrebuilt GP20 4079, GP38-2 4815, and SD40T-2 8317. Date:
1985-10-27
Added:
2008-01-07
The first helpers on the RVCIM (SP 8490 East) blast through the east switch of Bealville, CA. The helpers include 9254-8573-7848-7670-7327-8288. Date:
1985-10-27
Added:
2008-01-07
The second helper on SP 8490 East is the 8368 and 8508. Date:
1985-10-27
Added:
2008-01-07
The loaded Oil Cans (BKDOL) charges out of the siding at Beaville. SP SD40T-2 8243 leads 5 SD45 "Flares" 8960, SSW8978, 7415, 7482, and 7459. Six more engines are two-thirds of the way back in the train. Date:
1985-10-27
Added:
2008-01-07
The BKDOL roars out of Bealville, CA with SP 8243 in the lead. Date:
1985-10-27
Added:
2008-01-07
The BKDOL's helpers at Beaville, CA include 7507-9365-8554-8341-9340-7384. Date:
1985-10-27
Added:
2008-01-07
The RVCIM with SP 8490 in the lead comes up through the narrows at Cable, CA. Date:
1985-10-27
Added:
2008-01-07
The helpers on the RVCIM led by SP 8490 at Cable, CA. There are two more helper units hiding behind the Date:
1985-10-27
Added:
2008-01-08
The Oil Cans blast up through Cable, CA and are passing the RVCIM that is stopped on the other main. The BKDOL is led by 8243-8960-SSW8978-7415-7482-7459 and a six unit helper buried two-thirds of the way back. Date:
1985-10-27
Added:
2008-01-08
The helpers on the Oil Cans are 7507-9365-8554-8341-9340-7384. Date:
1985-10-27
Added:
2008-01-08
The Santa Cruz Local pulls cars out of the cement plant at Davenport, CA. GP9E's 3837 and 3770 have the duties on October 28, 1985 well in hand. Date:
1985-10-28
Added:
2008-01-08
The Santa Cruz local at Davenport, CA with SP 3837 and 3770. Date:
1985-10-28
Added:
2008-01-08
SP 3770 and 3837 tip toe out towards the switching lead at the end of the Santa Cruz Branch. Date:
1985-10-28
Added:
2008-01-08
Close up of SP GP9E 3770 at Davenport, CA. Date:
1985-10-28
Added:
2008-01-08
SP's Santa Cruz Local slowly traverses less than ideal track at Davenport, CA. The "main line" track here back in 1985 is a combination of Carnegie rail from 1898 and Lackwanna-Scranton from 1889! Note the random pieces of stick rail off to the side that must have been used to keep things on track. Date:
1985-10-28
Added:
2008-01-08
SP 3770 and 3837 depart Davenport, CA with the Santa Cruz Local. They start their run by going right past the beach! Date:
1985-10-28
Added:
2008-01-08
SP 3770 and 3837 on the Santa Cruz Local on October 28, 1985. Date:
1985-10-28
Added:
2008-01-08
SP's Santa Cruz Local hits some high ballast between Davenport and Santa Cruz. Date:
1985-10-28
Added:
2008-01-08
SP 3770 and 3837 roll into Santa Cruz with the Davenport portion of the Santa Cruz Local. Date:
1985-10-28
Added:
2008-01-08
An eastbound freight enters Warm Springs Yard on October 28, 1985 with 8537-8933-8361-6605. These were the days when the Warm Springs Subdivision was the primary freight line down to San Jose. Date:
1985-10-28
Added:
2008-01-09
An eastbound at Warm Springs, CA with SP 8537 leading gets ready to make a pickup before proceeding to San Jose. Date:
1985-10-28
Added:
2008-01-09
Broadside of SP SD40T-2 8537 at Warm Springs, CA. Date:
1985-10-28
Added:
2008-01-09
Roster shot of SP GP35 6605. Date:
1985-10-28
Added:
2008-01-09
A westbound rumbles through Oakland, CA with 8388-8237-7383. Date:
1985-11-04
Added:
2008-01-09
The OGOAT roars along the northern stretches of the San Francisco Bay with a classic SP lashup of 7312-7497-9213. Date:
1985-11-06
Added:
2008-01-09
Freshly painted in the aborted SPSF paint job, SP SD45R 7551 roars along the border of San Francisco Bay with Amtrak's eastbound California Zephyr. F40PH's 393 and 333 are trailing SP 7551. Date:
1985-11-09
Added:
2008-01-11
The hottest train on the Overload Route, the CHOAT, sprints through Pinole, CA with new GP40-2 SSW 7256 and T-2's 9330 and 8333 Date:
1985-11-09
Added:
2008-01-11
A westbond SP (southbound SP trains were considered westbound between Sacramento and Lathrop) passes the home signal at Stockton Tower. SP 7471-SSW9299-8340-8253 have 88 cars in tow. Date:
1985-11-13
Added:
2008-01-11
SP 7471 West is about to cross the Santa Fe mainline at Stockton Tower. Date:
1985-11-13
Added:
2008-01-11
A short westbound SP train with 7422-7549-8548-7318 comes through Jack London Square. Date:
1985-11-13
Added:
2008-01-13
Down on the Cal-P, a westbound SP train with 8520-8377-7308 rolls through Pinole, CA. Date:
1985-11-16
Added:
2008-01-13
A bit away from its usual haunts, North Western Pacific's maintenance of way flat 613 sits at Pinole, CA. Date:
1985-11-16
Added:
2008-01-13
NWPMW flat car 613 sits with a Burro crane at Pinole, CA. Date:
1985-11-16
Added:
2008-01-13
Amtrak's Coast Starlight, train number 11/12, has just had freshly painted red and yellow SDP45 3207 attached to F40PH's 251 and 243 for the trip down to Los Angeles. Date:
1985-12-21
Added:
2008-01-13
Close up of the cab of SP 3207 in its SPSF merger paint. Date:
1985-12-21
Added:
2008-01-13
SP laborer, and future dispatcher, Jamie Schmid poses in front of SP 3207. Date:
1985-12-21
Added:
2008-01-13
Another shot of SP 3207 at Oakland's 16th Street Station. Date:
1985-12-21
Added:
2008-01-13
SP 3207 and Amtrak 251 and 243 lead Amtrak train 12 across Broadway in Oakland's Jack London Square. Date:
1985-12-21
Added:
2008-01-13
Amtrak train number 13, the Coast Starlight between LA and Oakland, has arrived on the evening of December 21, 1985. SP SD45R 7487 and Amtrak F40PH's 283, 254, and 250 are in the lead. By the time train is ready to proceed north towards Oregon and Washington as Amtrak number 14, the 7487 and 283 will have been taken off and SP's SDP45 3201 will be added to the lead. Date:
1985-12-21
Added:
2008-01-15
The RVWJM rambles through Jack London Square with SP SD9E 4312 in the lead. Date:
1985-12-28
Added:
2008-01-15
The RVWJM with the mixed lashup of 4312-2634-3192-4315-4391-3370-4350 passes under the old signal bridge at Broadway Ave. in Jack London Square. Date:
1985-12-28
Added:
2008-01-15
The CHOAT screams along the Bay with 8388-8502-7507. Date:
1986-02-01
Added:
2008-01-15
The NOOAT, with 8503-8500-SSW9295-SSW9157, rolls along the shore of the Bay in Pinole, CA. This train has probably come off the Mococo Line after coming up the Valley. Date:
1986-02-01
Added:
2008-01-15
The MFOAT with 9300 feet of train rolls through Berkeley, CA with 8385-8937-7509-SSW9297 in lead. Date:
1986-02-02
Added:
2008-01-27
The MFOAT works its 9300 feet worth of train into West Oakland yard. Date:
1986-02-02
Added:
2008-01-27
SP 7501 and 7330 and UP 3625 sit across from the EBMUD water treatment plant on February 7, 1986 waiting for its air test. Date:
1986-02-07
Added:
2008-01-27
SP 7440 West hits the switch at the east end of Ozol Yard in Martinez, CA. Date:
1986-03-01
Added:
2008-01-27
SP SD40T-2 8523 leads Amtrak F40's 398 and 295 on Amtrak 5 with SP business car Oakland. Date:
1986-03-02
Added:
2008-02-29
Power off the OACHF made it only from Oakland to Roseville on the evening of March 12, 1986. SP SD40T-2 8258 has lead ICG GP35 2540 and DRGW GP30 3019. Date:
1986-03-12
Added:
2008-02-29
The SKSMU rumbles out of the west portal of Tunnel 26 on Track 2 below Applegate, CA with 8355-8529-7438-7559 on the headend and 9224-9255 helping on the tail end. Date:
1986-03-12
Added:
2008-02-29
Helpers 9224-9255 are on the tail end of the SKSMU with SP 8355 and three other engines in the lead. Date:
1986-03-12
Added:
2008-02-29
Three 45's pass through Antelope, CA on March 12, 1986, but they're a little different. Santa Fe SD45 5405 is trailing SP SD45T-2 9260 and SD45 9027. Date:
1986-03-12
Added:
2008-02-29
SP 8284 sits at the yard at Mojave, CA waiting to be picked up by a train needing more power for the climb up Tehachapi. Date:
1986-03-30
Added:
2008-05-26
Power off SP Extra 7535 West pushes down into Mojave Yard to pick up an extra engine for the climb to Tehachapi. SP 8526 shows the combination of SPSF paint scheme from the aborted merger and SP tunnel "dirt". Date:
1986-03-30
Added:
2008-05-26
SP 7535-SSW9384-SSW9268-8526-8284 crawl out of Mojave on its way to Tehachapi. Date:
1986-03-30
Added:
2008-05-26
SP 7535 West passes through Cameron, CA. Date:
1986-03-30
Added:
2008-05-26
SP 9238-9187-7541-8981 lead the CZLAT past Magnolia Tower and over the UP diamond. Date:
1986-04-06
Added:
2008-03-29
In the mid-day light, an eastbound SP train rolls through 34th Street in Oakland on its way to Roseville. Power is 4439-7502-UP3420-9368. Date:
1986-04-06
Added:
2008-03-29
A trio of SP SD39's sit dead at Sacramento, CA on April 6, 1986. Engines 5321, 5320, and 5318 are part of the second order of SP SD39's (5318-5325), which was returned to its leasor between 1984 and 1986. Date:
1986-04-06
Added:
2008-05-26
SP commute GP9E 3189 sits in the deadline at the Sacramento Locomotive Works after a run through the paint booth. Date:
1986-04-06
Added:
2008-05-26
SP SD45T-2 9168 sits dead at Sacramento awaiting a new turbocharger. Date:
1986-04-06
Added:
2008-05-26
SP SD40T-2's 8366-8274-8287 come down the ramp from the Carquinez Strait drawbridge with a heavy CZLAT. The CZLAT was started by the SP for a large customer, Crown-Zellerbach, that was shipping alot of paper and wood products to Southern California and would almost always fill out to at least 80 cars. Date:
1986-04-26
Added:
2008-06-08
A long eastbound is out on the Mococo line with SD45 9007 leading T-2's 8241 and 9175. Date:
1986-04-26
Added:
2008-06-08
SP 7512, SSW 9282, and SP 7325 lead a southbound in the poor mid-day light at Stockton on May 15, 1986. Date:
1986-05-15
Added:
2008-06-08
SP SW900E 1192 switches equipment around the Sacramento Locomotive Works. Date:
1986-06-02
Added:
2008-07-19
Another shot of SP SW900E 1192 at Sacramento, CA. Date:
1986-06-02
Added:
2008-07-19
SP SD45 9020 is in the deadline at Sacramento, CA awaiting its turn in the shop. Date:
1986-06-02
Added:
2008-07-19
SP 4350 sits outside the Roseville shops awaiting a little tender loving care. Date:
1986-06-02
Added:
2008-07-20
Broadside of SP SD9E 4350 at Roseville, CA. Date:
1986-06-02
Added:
2008-07-20
Brightly painted SP GP9E 3370 sits with GP38-2 4840 at Roseville, CA. Date:
1986-06-02
Added:
2008-07-20
The RVEUM pulls out of Roseville with 8992-7405-SSW9272 leading 132 empty forest products cars. Date:
1986-06-02
Added:
2008-07-20
I don't often photograph railroaders doing their job; I guess it's like getting a little too close. However, I really like this shot. A Roseville yard crew is working their engines (3756 and 4382) into the old Cleaning Track. Date:
1986-06-02
Added:
2008-07-20
An eastbound slowly runs along F Street north of Davis, CA as it's tail end is still working through the wye down at the Amtrak station. Headend power is 7326-8338-7340-SSW8978. Date:
1986-06-02
Added:
2008-07-20
SP SW1200 2279 has probably turned its last wheel for the SP, but still looks good in the late afternoon sun. Date:
1986-06-02
Added:
2008-07-20
An FRRVM rolls into Roseville with 8236 amd 7385 leading 80 cars. Date:
1986-06-05
Added:
2008-07-20
SP caboose 1 brings up the rear of the FRRVM at Antelope. Date:
1986-06-05
Added:
2008-07-20
Another eastbound at Antelope with 4397-4841-3852-3739 has a line up at a classic triple SP signal. Date:
1986-06-05
Added:
2008-07-20
The CHOAT, one of SP's hottest trains, rolls down through Rocklin, CA in the middle of the day with 9302-7383-7354-8544. Date:
1986-06-05
Added:
2008-07-20
Another hot SP train, the LABRF, leaves Roseville with 7507-SSW9066-SSW9068-9201-8390-9227. Date:
1986-06-05
Added:
2008-07-20
A westbound starts out of the siding at Brock, CA after meeting the LABRF. Power is 9310-9189-8508. Date:
1986-06-05
Added:
2008-07-20
SP B30-7's 7879 and 7857 sweeps through Taylor Yard in Los Angeles with the eastbound Oxnard Turn. Date:
1986-07-08
Added:
2008-07-25
SP B30-7 7824 passes under the signal bridge at Pepper Ave in West Colton, CA. Date:
1986-07-08
Added:
2008-07-25
A westbound powers past Pepper Ave. in West Colton, CA with 7824-6589-5314. Date:
1986-07-08
Added:
2008-07-25
Power for two westbounds, 5302-4403-1519-1513-4831 and 7660-7805-SSW7786 are stacked up at Pepper Ave trying to get over into the yard and tied onto their respective trains. Date:
1986-07-11
Added:
2008-07-27
The OAWCT departs Oakland, CA on July 13, 1986 with four GP9E's: 3775-3824-3765-3193. These little engines could still put on a good show in 1986. Date:
1986-07-13
Added:
2008-07-27
SP 3775 in SPSF red and yellow at Oakland, CA. Date:
1986-07-13
Added:
2008-07-27
The OAWCT arrives at Mulford, CA to switch some cars. Power is 3775-3824-3765-3193. Date:
1986-07-13
Added:
2008-07-27
The OAWCT with SP 3775 in the lead pulls a set out off the head end of the train at Mulford, CA. Date:
1986-07-13
Added:
2008-07-27
The OAWCT pulls a cut out of Mulford Yard. SP 3775 is leading three other GP9E's. Date:
1986-07-13
Added:
2008-07-27
The final thing that the OAWCT did at Mulford was swap engines off the head-end. They replaced SP 3775 with scarlet and gray SP 3744. Seen here over at Niles on the Warm Springs Subdivison on the way to Warm Springs Yard and then onto San Jose and Los Angeles. Power is 3744-3824-3765-3193. Date:
1986-07-13
Added:
2008-07-27
The OAWCT at Niles, CA with 3744-3824-3765-3193. Date:
1986-07-13
Added:
2008-07-27
The Hayward Turn has gone up Niles Canyon on the UP but has rejoined home rails at Radum in Pleasanton, CA. SP 3775 and 3837 are switching a few cars on the east leg of the wye for the old San Ramon Branch. Date:
1986-07-13
Added:
2008-07-27
The Hayward Turn returns to Mulford through Niles Canyon with 3837 and 3775 leading some rock hoppers. Date:
1986-07-13
Added:
2008-07-27
Another shot of SP 3837 and 3775 in Niles Canyon, CA. Date:
1986-07-13
Added:
2008-07-27
A westbound SP with 7503-7328-7304-9217 come downgrade into Caliente, CA on July 30, 1986. Date:
1986-07-30
Added:
2009-08-10
SP Extra 7503 West enters the horseshoe curve at Caliente, CA on July 30, 1986. Date:
1986-07-30
Added:
2009-08-10
SSW SD45T-2 9383 is from the final order of SD45T-2 and represents the ultimate expression of 20 years locomotive development and options. After 1975, the SP would continue in a different direction and begin to adopt more standard designs. Date:
1986-07-30
Added:
2009-08-14
A SP westbound slogs along in the depths of Cajon Pass on its way to the Central Valley. Power is 8246-2574-9329-7316-7354 with 60 cars and caboose 4703. Date:
1986-07-31
Added:
2009-08-15
Stand Back! Here come the Cans! The loaded Bakersfield to Dolores oil cans (BKDOU) with six engines up front and 7 mid train helpers race across the Mojave Desert at Oban (between Mojave and Palmdale). The six on the headend (8271-7496-8269-7805-7821-8256) will take the train all the way to Dolores, but the seven unit manned helper (SSW9282-9225-8308-SSW9286-SSW9296-9336-7332) will drop off at the top of Vincent Hill south of Palmdale. Date:
1986-07-31
Added:
2009-08-15
Three Flares! SP SD45's 7425-7512-8955, with the help of five mid train helpers, lugs 95 cars around the Tehachapi Loop. Date:
1986-08-01
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2009-08-16
Going away shot of the Three Flares (7425-7512-8955) on an eastbound at Walong, CA Date:
1986-08-01
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2009-08-16
SP SD40T-2 8504 blasts out of Tunnel 17 at Cable, CA on the head-end of a 110 car SP freight train. Date:
1986-08-01
Added:
2009-10-18
The headend of a classic monster SP train on the Tehachapis. Headend power is 8504-7313-SSW9291-SSW9162-8249 while buried 59 cas deep is SSW9282-9225-8308-SSW9286-SSW9296-9336-7332. These eleven engines had 110 cars in motion towards the tops of the Tehachapi's. Date:
1986-08-01
Added:
2009-10-18
Helpers on the SP 8504 East blast out of Tunnel 17 with a cloud of smoke. Date:
1986-08-01
Added:
2009-10-18
A westbound winds down the ill between Bealville and Caliente with 8506-7506-8377-9075. Date:
1986-08-01
Added:
2009-10-18
SP Red and Yellow SW1500 2575 rests between assignments at Bakersfield Yard. Date:
1986-08-01
Added:
2009-10-18
Another Three Flares! SP SD45's 7437, 7531, and 7449 boost a westbound out of Fresno Yard and past Biola Jct. Date:
1986-08-01
Added:
2009-10-19
A SP westbound with 7325-7423-7476-SSW9052 has crossed Stockton Tower's diamonds in the background and is rolling past the old SP Stockton Yard. Date:
1986-08-02
Added:
2009-10-19
Occasionally, SP locomotives were asked to run long hood forward and locomotives rebuilt or bought in the 1980's had full light packages in case of such an event. SP SD45's 7537 and 7505 urge a westbound home to Oakland after the train struck a car at Stege and the crew had to cut off the lead engine (8523) from the train. Date:
1986-08-10
Added:
2009-10-19
A westbound arrives at Suisun, CA to do some switching. Power is 9306-2591-8383-7432. Date:
1986-08-10
Added:
2009-10-20
Afternoon glint light on the SP 9306 West at Suisun, CA. Date:
1986-08-10
Added:
2009-10-20
SP SD45T-2 9306 passes along a cut of cars it will be picking up. Suisun, CA. Date:
1986-08-10
Added:
2009-10-20
An Oakland-Roseville cab hop with an interesting collection of power: SSW7256-UP3480-UP3738-MP4684-8251-7418-8365-8311-7769-9259. Date:
1986-08-23
Added:
2009-10-22
Cotton Belt GP40-2 7256 leads a 10 engine cab hop that include MP 4684 across the Carquinez Bridge between Martinez and Benicia, CA. A ship from the Moth Ball fleet is in the background. Date:
1986-08-23
Added:
2009-10-22
A long westbound SP train passes through downtown Stockton, CA on September 6, 1986. Power is 7489-7316-9190 and has 103 cars in tow. Date:
1986-09-06
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2009-11-15
SP 7489-7316-9190 roll through Stockton, CA with a westbound freight. Date:
1986-09-06
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2009-11-15
SP Extra 7337 West swings past Stockton Tower on September 6, 1986. 7337 leads 7335 and 7462. Date:
1986-09-06
Added:
2009-11-15
The LAPTT of September 19, 1986 rolls down hill through Caliente, CA with 7449-8550-7539-7531. Date:
1986-09-19
Added:
2010-08-01
A classic from the 1980's, a SP Golden Pig Service trailer in the consist of the LAPTT. Date:
1986-09-19
Added:
2010-08-01
Having slipped its 6 unit helper at Tehachapi Summit, the SP 9367 leads some mates across the Tehachapi Valley past the Monolith cement plant. Date:
1986-09-19
Added:
2010-08-01
A westbound SP train, probably from Phoenix, has a brace of 5 GP35R's (6318-6344-6307-6350-6325) works to cut out its mid-train helper at Cedar Ave in West Colton, CA. Date:
1986-10-04
Added:
2010-08-07
SP Kodachrome SD45R 7443 leads helpers back from West Colton to Loma Linda, CA. Date:
1986-10-04
Added:
2010-08-07
A set of light helpers with SSW9399-8298-7452-9362-7352 pass under the signal bridge at Redlands, CA on their way to Indio or Thousand Palms to help another westbound freight. Date:
1986-10-04
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2010-08-07
A 111 car OANOT climbs San Timeteo Canyon at Ordway, CA with SSW9386-9239-8508-7475-7426 in the lead and mid-train helpers of 7443-SSW9264-8542-8550. Date:
1986-10-04
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2010-08-07
A classic SP mixed bag lashup; SD40R 7311, GP40-2 7626, U33C 8725, GP35R 6358, and SD45 9107 on an eastbound at Redlands, CA. The U33C was on borrowed time. It was one of a handful that had gone to Mexico on lease and had come back still operational. Date:
1986-10-04
Added:
2010-08-07
The CZLAT comes out of the rocks that make up Santa Susana Pass on the SP Coast Line. You can only see the first couple of engines, but today's train is over powered: 7377-UP3768-DRGW5344-7356-8307-7399-7502. Date:
1986-10-12
Added:
2010-08-07
An eastbound SP train descends Cajon Pass with 8532-8377-8500-7245 in the lead headed for West Colton. Date:
1986-11-08
Added:
2011-01-02
An eastbound with SP 7336 in the lead slows to a stop at Oban, CA so that the Dike Helper can come and couple up and help the train over Cajon Pass to West Colton Date:
1987-01-18
Added:
2012-02-27
SP 7336-7523-9189-8280 grind to a stop at Oban, CA to await their helper over the mountains to West Colton. Date:
1987-01-18
Added:
2012-02-27
The X7336E helpers arrive. The Dike Helpers today are 8523 and 8237. Date:
1987-01-18
Added:
2012-02-28
With the Dike Helper hooked up to the front of the road power, the 7336 East is ready to depart Oban, CA for West Colton. Date:
1987-01-18
Added:
2012-02-28
American Presidents Lines was one of the SP's first big stack train customer. At Beaumont, an AXAVT train moves 280 stack containers from the Los Angeles harbor to Houston on February 7, 1987. The headend power is 8573-SSW7639-7554-8525-9357 while the helpers (8504-8990-SSW9373) can be seen through the telephone poles. Date:
1987-02-07
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2007-08-12
The AXAVT rolls through Fingal, CA with 140 stack platforms behind 8573-SSW7639-7554-8525-9357 and helpers 8504-8990-SSW9373. Date:
1987-02-07
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2012-02-28
Another eastbound at Fingal, CA rounds the corner with 7466 7471 9333 UP3442 and helpers 9115 7543 9229 and heads for Indio and the low desert. Date:
1987-02-07
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2012-02-28
The 7466 East's helpers: 9115-7543-9229. Date:
1987-02-07
Added:
2012-02-28
A westbound slogs up towards Beaumont at Fingal, CA with GP40-2's SSW7257 and SSW 7628 and SD40T-2 8510 and a four engine helper buried about 2/3 of the way in the train. Date:
1987-02-07
Added:
2012-02-28
Helpers on the SSW 7257 West: 7373-7491-8318-9348. Date:
1987-02-07
Added:
2012-02-28
An eastbound comes around the turn at Fingal on its way to Indio on March 28th, 1987. Power is 7519-9017-7367 and has 40 flats of trailers as the SP tries to compete with the I-10 truck traffic. Date:
1987-03-28
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2007-08-12
Wonderful spring light warms a westbound making the climb from Whitewater to Fingal. The headend lashup is unusual; 9193-SSW7256-9090-7954-9166-1609. The slug is on its way to LA for heavy maintenance. A four unit helper is buried two-thirds of the way back of this 105 car train on March 28, 1987. Date:
1987-03-28
Added:
2007-08-12
The SP's Fab Four, all of the GP40X's, were gathered back together in the late eighties for local service in the Los Angeles basin. However, on March 28th, 1987, 7200-7231-7201-7230 are in San Timeteo Canyon helper service, rolling down the east slope at Cabazon. Date:
1987-03-28
Added:
2007-08-12
Going away view of the GP40X's at Cabazon on March 28, 1987. Date:
1987-03-28
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2007-08-12
For months after delivery, SP kept its B39-8's in consectively numbered lashups of 4 units. On September 26, 1987, 8007-8006-8005-8004 have a short 25 car, 1800 ton LAHOF well in hand as they throttle up through the Ordway Crossovers. The morning fog is still burning off down deep in the canyon. Date:
1987-09-26
Added:
2007-08-12
On September 26, 1987, 8007-8006-8005-8004 have a short 25 car, 1800 ton LAHOF well in hand as they roar across the Beaumont Valley. Date:
1987-09-26
Added:
2007-08-12
On September 26, 1987, 8007-8006-8005-8004 have a short 25 car, 1800 ton LAHOF well in hand as they swing through the curve at Fingal. Date:
1987-09-26
Added:
2007-08-12
The super fast LAMFF comes out of the siding at Fingal with a bunch of autos on the head-end. Mount San Timeteo is the background. Power is 7664-7666-9208-8500-DRGW5387 on Saturday, September 26, 1987. Date:
1987-09-26
Added:
2007-08-12
A heavy westbound grinds up past the Mons Crossovers near Cabazon. Power is SSW7961-8492-8490-8341-7352-7959 with a five unit helper cut in the middle of the train. September 26, 1987. Date:
1987-09-26
Added:
2007-08-12
The LABAF works through Soledad Canyon on November 19, 1988. SP units 6817-SSW9373-9194-7511 have this train in good order at Ravenna. Date:
1988-11-19
Added:
2007-08-12
SSW 7632 whips round a curve at Walnut, CA with an SD45 and 2 B30-7's in charge of a westbound. The San Gabriel Mountains have a good dusting of snow on this winter afternoon on January 16, 1989. Date:
1989-01-16
Added:
2007-08-12
On a very clear January 16, 1989, the Ontario Local rolls 8 cars westbound through Walnut, CA on its way back to the City of Industry yard. SD7R's 1542 and 1503 are running long hood forward under the careful gaze of Mount Baldy. Date:
1989-01-16
Added:
2007-08-12
On a very clear January 16, 1989, the Chino Local with GP9E's 3772 and 3401 has its hands full as it switches its train around in the siding at Pomona. The UP's mainline is in the foreground, while the diamond to the Chino Branch is in the background to the left. Date:
1989-01-16
Added:
2007-08-12
On a cloudy January 24, 1989, the Merced Turn is leaving Fresno Yard with GP9E's 3413, 3831, and 3187 (former commute engine) and three cars. The train has just passed Biola Junction, where the old Biola Branch takes off to the right. Date:
1989-01-24
Added:
2007-08-13
The Cans at Woodford! The Original Cans! SP SD45T-2R 6826 leads five engines on the point and six more buried two thirds of the way with 72 loads of oil for the Unocal refinery in Carson. On this hazy April 29th, 1989 afternoon, this was normal operating procedure for the SP. However, in a few short years, a pipeline from Bakersfield to Mojave eliminated this operation from Tehachapi. Date:
1989-04-29
Added:
2007-08-13
On April 29th, 1989, there is lots of track work underway on Tehachapi. Here SD45T-2R 6843 slips downhill with a empty ribbon rail train and is about to slip into the old Woodford #2 siding. Date:
1989-04-29
Added:
2007-08-13
SP 4449 puts on a show as it blasts up to track speed through Somis, CA after being in the siding at Camarillo for Amtrak #13 on May 5, 1989. Date:
1989-05-05
Added:
2007-08-13
A warm July 15, 1989 finds the All Cities Local departing West Colton. SP GP9E's 3743 and 3735 are about to go under Pepper Ave. and then head for the Balloon Track so that the train can head back west towards Kaiser and Pomona. Date:
1989-07-15
Added:
2007-08-13


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