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Photos from the Year 1981

In 1981, the SP could still field a great array of first generation power. Here 5 GP9E's round the corner at 10th Street in West Oakland and prepare to head east to pick up their train at the top of the Desert Yard. SP's rebuilt GP9's were the best of all GP9 rebuilds, since they kept their classic lines and the full SP headlights. Date:
1981-00-00
Added:
2007-08-12
The first set of Superliners to run to Oakland rests at the 16th & Wood station in West Oakland, CA, c. 1981. This photo was originally published in the old, black and white version of the high class railfan magazine CTC Board. Date:
1981-00-00
Added:
2007-08-13
A westbound Cal-P SP train works its way out of the Homestead end of the West Oakland Yard on September 14, 1981. SP SD40R 7331 leads SD40T-2 8506 and SD45 8967. Date:
1981-09-14
Added:
2007-08-13
SP SD40R 7326 crosses the private crossing at 10th Street in West Oakland with a westbound off the Cal-P that includes SD45T-2 9320 and 26 cars. September 14, 1981. Date:
1981-09-14
Added:
2007-08-13
Santa Fe's Oakland Local has gained the SP mainline for its return trip to Stege and home rails. GP35's 3314 and 3352 (still in the all blue paint scheme) have 18 cars in tow on the afternoon of September 14, 1981. Date:
1981-09-14
Added:
2007-08-13
Another short westbound off the Cal-P is lead by SD45T-2's 9369 and SSW9262 and GP9E's 2873 and 3853 on September 14, 1981. 10th Street in West Oakland. Date:
1981-09-14
Added:
2007-08-13
Amtrak train 711 arrives at the 16th and Wood Street station in Oakland. F40PH 316 has the typical early 1980's consist of 3 Amfleets, two coaches and a dinette. September 14, 1981. Date:
1981-09-14
Added:
2007-08-13
A westbound pulls out of the Homestead end of the West Oakland Yard with SP SD45's 9019 and 9046, SD40T-2 8513, and GP9E 3772 on September 22, 1981. Check out the large Santa Fe logo boxcars. Date:
1981-09-22
Added:
2007-08-13
SP U33C 8698 trails a SD45T-2 at Homestead Yard in Oakland on September 25, 1981. The yellow and orange is an indication of the unit's recent return from a lease to the National Railways of Mexico. Date:
1981-09-25
Added:
2007-08-13
WP GP9 728 switches out cars at Oakland Yard. Check out the open bi-level car carrier. Date:
1981-10-16
Added:
2007-08-05
WP GP9 728 blasts black smoke skyward as it switches out cars at Oakland Yard. Check out the open bi-level car carrier. Date:
1981-10-16
Added:
2007-08-05
The first Spirit of California, an overnight train down the California coast from Sacramento to Los Angeles, rolls through Berkeley on October 22, 1981. F40PH's 240 and 235 lead the train, while Amtrak business car 10001 brings up the rear. Date:
1981-10-22
Added:
2007-08-13
The first Spirit of California, an overnight train down the California coast from Sacramento to Los Angeles, rolls through Jack London Square on October 22, 1981. F40PH's 240 and 235 lead the train, while Amtrak business car 10001 brings up the rear. Date:
1981-10-22
Added:
2007-08-13
The first Spirit of California, an overnight train down the California coast from Sacramento to Los Angeles, rolls through Jack London Square on October 22, 1981. F40PH's 240 and 235 lead the train, while Amtrak business car 10001 brings up the rear. The train actually didn't have a name at first; Amtrak ran a contest to name the train, thus the banner on the tail end of the train on the 10001. Date:
1981-10-22
Added:
2007-08-13
SP GP9E 3788 looks bald without its full light package; perhaps it was damaged and replacement gyralights were not readily available. In any case, its awaiting its next assignment at West Oakland with SD45 8887 and rebuilt SD45R 7401 on October 31, 1981. Date:
1981-10-31
Added:
2007-08-13
UP SD40-2's 3746 and 3249 and WP GP35 3020 await their next assignment at Oakland Yard on October 31, 1981. Check out the three tracks of the diesel service facility all full of WP power. Date:
1981-10-31
Added:
2007-08-13
Its Thanksgiving weekend, and the Coast Starlight is running heavy. Engines 233 and 242 are in charge as the southbound train slips under the Adeline Street bridge. November 25, 1981. Personally, I prefer the three stripe paint scheme to this "cigar band" two stripe scheme. Date:
1981-11-25
Added:
2007-08-13
Later in the morning of November 25, 1981, SP SW1500 2573, a long time Bay Area resident, shows off its classic SP lines as it switches. Date:
1981-11-25
Added:
2007-08-13
The OASJY departs Homestead Yard in Oakland with 7349-8370-3846-4358-4434-3803 and is passing SP 2573 switching on the next lead over. Date:
1981-11-25
Added:
2007-08-13
Recently mated SP road slug set 7940-1600-7941 has cut off its train at West Oakland and has come out of the Homestead end of the yard to go back to the West Oakland diesel shop. The GP40-2's had been running in pairs since their delivery waiting for the Morrison-Knudsen rebuilt slugs (from U25B's). Date:
1981-11-25
Added:
2007-08-13
SP road slug 1600 at Homestead Yard, Oakland, CA. Date:
1981-11-25
Added:
2007-08-13
SP road slug 1600 at Homestead Yard, Oakland, CA. Date:
1981-11-25
Added:
2007-08-13
Recently mated SP road slug set 7940-1600-7941 has cut off its train at West Oakland and has come out of the Homestead end of the yard to go back to the West Oakland diesel shop. The GP40-2's had been running in pairs since their delivery waiting for the Morrison-Knudsen rebuilt slugs (from U25B's). Date:
1981-11-25
Added:
2007-08-13
Recently mated SP road slug set 7940-1600-7941 has cut off its train at West Oakland and has come out of the Homestead end of the yard to go back to the West Oakland diesel shop. The GP40-2's had been running in pairs since their delivery waiting for the Morrison-Knudsen rebuilt slugs (from U25B's). Date:
1981-11-25
Added:
2007-08-13
SSW B30-7 7788 shows off its sound baffles at West Oakland with 8830, 9226, and 9254. Date:
1981-11-25
Added:
2007-08-13
SSW B30-7 7788 shows off its sound baffles at West Oakland with 8830, 9226, and 9254. Date:
1981-11-25
Added:
2007-08-13
SP GP9R 3803 with a few mates on an OASJY at Homestead Yard, Oakland, CA, November 25, 1981. Date:
1981-11-25
Added:
2007-08-18
The OAWCY is rolling through Jack London Square with a mixed bag for power: SD40R 7360, U33C 8703, and GP9E 3778. Date:
1981-11-28
Added:
2007-08-13
SP SD44R 7399 and SD40T-2 8493 bounce across the West Oakland Yard leads as they come out of the West Oakland diesel shop. These two engines are in charge of the OARVV on this cloudy December 13, 1981. Date:
1981-12-13
Added:
2007-08-13
Up close rear view of SD44R 7399 at West Oakland, December 13, 1981. Date:
1981-12-13
Added:
2007-08-13
SP SD44R 7399 and SD40T-2 8493 lead a OARVV through Berkeley, CA, on a rainy cool December 13, 1981. Date:
1981-12-13
Added:
2007-08-13
SP GP35R 6306 has made a rare trip to Northern California with GP40-2 7616. West Oakland, December 15, 1981. Date:
1981-12-15
Added:
2007-08-14
On one of the rainyness days I've ever encountered, the Berkeley Gang drove all the way to Oroville to track down WP power before the UP completely took over. A southbound train departs (more like wades out of) Oroville with UP SD40-2 3801 leading 5 WP GP40's and GP40-2's (3509, 3554, 3502, 3548, and 3513). Date:
1981-12-29
Added:
2007-08-14
On a cold, rainy December 29th, 1981, the Davis train order board is set for a westbound to pickup orders to continue down the Cal-P mainline. Date:
1981-12-29
Added:
2007-08-14
Classic Santa Fe Bay Area railroading in the 1980's; the Santa Fe 973 train blast out of the east end of the Glen Frazier tunnel with 3446-3354-3268-3334. Date:
1981-12-31
Added:
2007-08-14
The caboose on the Santa Fe 973 train on December 31st, 1981 rolls by two cuts of hoppers at Glen Frazier. Check out Shelton's CJ5! Date:
1981-12-31
Added:
2007-08-14
Coming out of the Glen Frazier tunnel with only a few minutes left on its trip to Richmond, a westbound Santa Fe 839 train goes around the corner at the east end of Christie with GP35 3336, GP30 3262, and GP35 3436. Date:
1981-12-31
Added:
2007-08-14

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