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Photos from the Year 1984

SP SW1500 2631 switches the EBMUD plant across from 34th Street in Oakland, CA. January 3, 1984. Date:
1984-01-03
Added:
2007-10-21
SP SW1500 2624 shows off its experimentally orange painted step wells at Oakland, CA on January 3, 1984. Date:
1984-01-03
Added:
2007-10-21
The RGBAT arrives in West Oakland with 2870-3841-3883. Date:
1984-01-03
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2007-10-21
SP 2870-3841-3883 bring the RGBAT into town. Date:
1984-01-03
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2007-10-21
Cotton Belt GP9R 3813 at Oakland, CA, January 3, 1984. Date:
1984-01-03
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2007-10-21
Cotton Belt SD45 9155 at Oakland, CA, on January 3, 1984. Date:
1984-01-03
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2007-10-21
The UP 3386-3137-3253 lead the WPV over the diamonds at Magnolia. Date:
1984-01-03
Added:
2007-10-21
Late on a cold, foggy Friday night, Santa Fe U36C 8755 waits for its next assignment at Richmond, CA. January 6, 1984. Date:
1984-01-06
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2007-08-10
ATSF 8792 at Richmond. Date:
1984-01-06
Added:
2007-08-10
Santa Fe GP35 2916 rests on the whiskers of the turntable at Bakersfield, CA on January 14, 1984. Date:
1984-01-11
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2007-08-10
Santa Fe F45 5952 leads 5661, 3834, and 5322 on an eastbound as it rounds the Tehachapi Loop. Date:
1984-01-14
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2007-08-10
Santa Fe F45u 5952 shows off her shiny flanks on January 14, 1984 as she runs across the Tehachapi Summit Valley. Date:
1984-01-14
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2007-08-10
A westbound starts down the hill just north of Tehachapi with SD40 5013, U36C 8774, and C30-7's 8156 and 8136 on a cool January 14, 1984. Date:
1984-01-14
Added:
2007-08-10
A westbound UP train passes a bad-ordered car on the south set-out track at Cajon Summit on January 15, 1984. Power is 3654-3560-2465 with a relatively short 31 car train. Date:
1984-01-15
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2007-08-11
Slipping away from their usual winter duty, 2 "Breaker 9's, " 4305 and 4438, lead a 41 car OAMJN past the Ryerson Steel plant in Emeryville on their way to a trip on the Mococo Line, Tracy, and the Central Valley. These two SD9's have icicle breaking antlers that are folded down here. Date:
1984-02-04
Added:
2007-08-12
February 4th, 1984 finds SD45R 7467 and SD45T-2 9370 leading an OAWJY through West Oakland. Date:
1984-02-04
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2007-08-12
Early in the morning of February 25th, 1984, a westbound freight wakes the wildlife at Elkhorn Slough south of Watsonville. 9171-9350-SSW9269-9334 bring 78 cars into Watsonville. This train will spend the morning switching the yard and making a crew change before proceeding. Date:
1984-02-25
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2007-08-12
Later in the morning of February 25th, 1984, a CZLAT, which is primarily a priority lumber train rather than a trailer train, rounds the big curve in Elkhorn Slough with 8314-7368-9200-7372 in the lead of 82 cars. Date:
1984-02-25
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2007-08-12
DDA40X 6936 of course has become famous as the remaining operational example that the UP has. It is also famous as the first DDA40X to come through the Feather River Canyon when some were reactivated in 1984. Seen here on the return trip at Virgilia in the heart of the Feather on March 4, 1984. Date:
1984-03-04
Added:
2007-08-11
A few miles further up the Canyon, 6936 with 5 SD40-2's and a C30-7 rounds a curve at the east end of Paxton siding. Date:
1984-03-04
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2007-08-11
UP 6936 rolls east across Clio Trestle. Date:
1984-03-04
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2007-08-11
An AVBAT rolls through Berkeley on March 24, 1984 with 9071 and 4322. Date:
1984-03-24
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2007-08-12
A 189 train rolls past the east end of Christie at dusk on April 1, 1984. Power this evening is 2899-2841-2875-2900-2733. Date:
1984-04-01
Added:
2007-08-10
Amtrak train #711 roars under the old signal bridge west of the Berkeley, CA station (even before there was an active Amtrak station there) on April 7th, 1984. Date:
1984-04-07
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2007-08-13
April 17th, 1984 finds DDA40X 6918 waiting for its next assignment at the former WP service racks in Oakland. Date:
1984-04-17
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2007-08-11
Spring rains have relented enough to let the crew of this San Jose Turn to get through their run without getting (too) wet. SD9E 4342 and unrebuilt, low-nose switcher GP9 2890 have 38 cars in tow as it crosses Market Street headed for Jack London Square. April 19, 1984. Date:
1984-04-19
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2007-08-12
n the old days, the weekend San Jose Turn always was the dominion of the commute fleet and anything else that the SP wanted to keep close to home base. Here a mixed up consist of SD9's 4391 and 4376, split by SW1500 2684, and trailed by GP40P-2 3199 and torpedo GP9 3189 bring 92 cars into Oakland on the SJRVY. Date:
1984-04-19
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2007-08-12
SP 4391-4376-9117 drag a SJRVY out of Oakland on April 19, 1984. Date:
1984-04-19
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2007-08-12
SSW9395 and SP7325 lift 73 beet racks out of Oakland on a WJBKQ. The train will take these empty beets to the West Side Line to distribute at Los Banos and Dos Palos load outs. Date:
1984-04-19
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2007-08-12
The SJRVY of April 21, 1984 departs Emeryville with a interesting consist of 8521-UP3522-7483-UP2875-8989. SP8989 is actually dead in consist with its windows boarded-up, headed for the Sacramento Locomotive Works and the SD45R rebuild program. Date:
1984-04-21
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2007-08-12
Under the old Addison Street signal bridge, an SP eastbound roars through town with 4339-8270-3838-4312-3348-3778 on April 21, 1984. Date:
1984-04-21
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2007-08-12
Santa Fe's 199 train on April 28, 1984 is being handled by C30-7 8162 and 4 SD45's and SD45-2's. Rolling through Asbury, CA in the heart of Franklin Canyon. Date:
1984-04-28
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2007-08-10
UP DDA40X 6914 and SD40-2 3510 lead a westbound into the former WP yard at Oakland. Date:
1984-04-28
Added:
2007-08-11
The 1984 tour SP GS-4 4449 finds it rolling through Shellmound, CA on a bright May 8, 1984. Date:
1984-05-08
Added:
2007-08-12
May 8, 1984 finds Amtrak 708 in the charge of F40PH 364 as it screams through Shellmound, CA. Date:
1984-05-08
Added:
2007-08-13
On May 12, 1984, 4449 pretends to be the San Joaquin Daylight, but this time with a little help from experimentally painted SD45R 7399 and SD40R 7342. Seen here at Bealville, CA. Date:
1984-05-12
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2007-08-12
Into the time machine again, early afternoon on May 13, 1984 finds UP GP40X 9000 leading SD40-2 3587 and DDA40X 6935 as they slide past "the Bricks" at the San Bernandino station. Date:
1984-05-13
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2007-08-11
Later in the afternoon of May 13, 1984, 6943 leads another westbound down Cajon Blvd. at Ono. Date:
1984-05-13
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2007-08-11
DDA40X 6943 rolls a westbound at Ono with 2 SD40-2 (3775 and 3231) on May 13, 1984. Date:
1984-05-13
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2007-08-11
Aargh! Sometimes you aren't in the right spot. Southern California has long been known for great motive power lashups. May 13, 1984 (yes, this is the third train with a Jack that day!) finds UP U30C's 2831 and 2841 bracketing Jack 6912 as they pop out from under the I-10 overpass at the Colton Diamonds. Date:
1984-05-13
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2007-08-11
In the failing light of May 13, 1984, a 75 car SP westbound is already pulling its heart out at Warren on the south slope of Tehachapi. Power is 8512-UP2510-9097-8244. Date:
1984-05-13
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2007-08-12
MoPac B23-7 4653 still sports a coat of blue paint as it switches the west end of Armourdale Yard, Kansas City. May 31, 1984. Date:
1984-05-31
Added:
2007-08-17
A coal train arrives at North Kansas City, MO with SD40-2's 7011-7842-7815 on the morning of May 31, 1984. Date:
1984-05-31
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2007-08-17
A BN train (with F45's 6643 and 6617 and SD40-2 7034) tip-toes past a clean up of a derailed TOFC train. This train is on its way to KC Jct. from the BN's yard in Kansas City. May 31, 1984. Date:
1984-05-31
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2007-08-17
BN GP9 1900 works one of the many grain elevators around Kansas City, MO on May 31, 1984. Date:
1984-05-31
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2007-08-17
Former Rio Grande GP9's 5902, 5914, 5911 rest in the MAC Railway yard in Kansas City, MO on May 31, 1984. Date:
1984-05-31
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2007-08-17
ICG GP11 8749 switches an ICG caboose and a cut of cars at Union Jct., Kansas City, MO. May 31, 1984. Date:
1984-05-31
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2007-08-17
An Illinois Central cab-hop rolls through Union Jct. after departing the ICG Yard at Kansas City. Power is usual mixed bag that the ICG would field in the 1980's: GP38AC 9509, GP10 8361, SD20 2025, and SD40 6031. May 31, 1984. Date:
1984-05-31
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2007-08-17
A Norfolk Southern train waits in the BN-NS Interchange Yard in North Kansas City, MO with N&W C30-7's 8046 and 8037 and SD40-2 6198 while Southern GP38AC 2824 switches another cut of autos. Check out the modern 1984 Ford vans. May 31, 1984. Date:
1984-05-31
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2007-08-17
KCS SD40-2 687 leads a coal train through Airline Jct. 687 is special to me because its the street number of the house that I grew up in. May 31, 1984. Date:
1984-05-31
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2007-08-17
Santa Fe U23B 6347 waits on shop lead 24 at Argentine, Kansas City. May 31, 1984. Date:
1984-05-31
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2007-08-17
Santa Fe U33C 8521 sits waiting for its next assignment while a number of its sisters, U23B's, SD40's are in the deadline behind it. Argentine Yard, Kansas City. May 31, 1984. Date:
1984-05-31
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2007-08-17
Santa Fe prototype B39-8 7400 rests on the service tracks at Argentine Yard. May 31, 1984. Date:
1984-05-31
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2007-08-17
UP turbine 18 rests in outdoor storage along with a lot of other historical equipment. Kansas City, June 1, 1984. Date:
1984-06-01
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2007-08-17
A CNW transfer run with 4 SD40-2's crosses under the KC Junction Railway flyover at KC Jct. Kansas City, June 1, 1984. Date:
1984-06-01
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2007-08-17
After arriving at the CNW's yard, the four SD's are broken up into two two unit sets. One set rolls back through downtown KC past walls of brick. Kansas City, June 1, 1984. Date:
1984-06-01
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2007-08-17
After arriving at the CNW's yard, the four SD's are broken up into two two unit sets. One set rolls back through downtown KC past walls of brick. Kansas City, June 1, 1984. Date:
1984-06-01
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2007-08-17
The other set, with one Katy SD40-2, hangs out on the lead to the CNW yard. Kansas City, June 1, 1984. Date:
1984-06-01
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2007-08-17
Milwaukee Road GP40 2039 and Kansas City Southern SD40 632 rest at the bio grain silos by the combined MILW, KCS, and DRGW facility in Kansas City, MO, June 1, 1984. Date:
1984-06-01
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2007-08-17
Southern GP38AC 2849 waits with a few brothers at the former N&W facility at Kansas City, MO, June 1, 1984. Date:
1984-06-01
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2007-08-17
CNW SD40-2 929 shows a bit of its age as it rolls through the interlocking at Airline Jct. Kansas City, June 1, 1984. Date:
1984-06-01
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2007-08-17
Katy GP40's 208-223-219 roll north at mid-day on June 1, 1984 at Airline Jct. Date:
1984-06-01
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2007-08-17
Milwaukee Road SD40-2's 149 and 142, in clean Hiawatha paint, bang northbound across the MoPac diamonds at Airline Jct, Kansas City, MO, June 1, 1984. Date:
1984-06-01
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2007-08-17
Milwaukee Road GP40 2063 and Katy SD40-2 615 move southbound at Airline Jct headed for the joint MILW-MKT yard in Kansas City, MO, June 1, 1984. Date:
1984-06-01
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2007-08-17
Santa Fe C30-7's 8042-8023-8088-8092 grind a coal train through KC Jct in the failing light of June 1, 1984. Date:
1984-06-01
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2007-08-17
A Norfolk Southern eastbound freight is stopped on the main to switch at Montgomery, Missouri on the main line between Kansas City and St. Louis. June 2, 1984 with power 8082-6198-1301-SOU2868. Date:
1984-06-02
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2007-08-17
Another Norfolk Southern train, this time a westbound arriving at Luther Yard in St. Louis. Southern painted SD40-2 3199 and SD45 3139 are spliced by recently repainted NS SD40-2 3256. June 2, 1984. Date:
1984-06-02
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2007-08-17
Norfolk and Western SD40-2 6122 shows off an experimental spartan paint job that was tried out just before the Norfolk Southern merger. St. Louis, MO, June 2, 1984. Date:
1984-06-02
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2007-08-17
The switchers in Luther Yard included several refugees from the Norfolk Southern's purchase of the Illinois Terminal. Here is NS2292 as an example. June 2, 1984. Date:
1984-06-02
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2007-08-17
Three things come to mind when you say St. Louis...the Mississippi River, the Arch, and Budweiser. One of the ways the beer was distributed was via the Manufacturers Railway. In addition to its fleet of refrigerated cars, MRS had a variety of Alco switchers, including S2 209 seen switching near the MRS shops. June 2, 1984 Date:
1984-06-02
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2007-08-17
Various MoPac engines sit in the Grand Junction diesel facility in St. Louis on June 2, 1984. SD40 3015 and U30C 2985 hang out with 2 other SD40-2's. Date:
1984-06-02
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2007-08-17
MoPac class U23B 4500 waits for its next assignment at East St. Louis, IL on June 2, 1984. Date:
1984-06-02
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2007-08-17
MoPac B30-7 4811 and 4821 wait with SD40-2 3290 at St. Louis, IL on June 1, 1984. Date:
1984-06-02
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2007-08-17
BN SW1200's 263 and 268 have a transfer run in tow as they pass through Grand Junction near downtown St. Louis, MO on June 2, 1984. Date:
1984-06-02
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2007-08-17
The Illinois Central in the mid-1980's was in the midst of scaling itself down to a north-south spine line with somewhat more modern motive power. But in 1984, new power was a luxury, so cleaning up some power was the next best thing. Here black painted GP40 3014 waits with GP8 7717, GP10 8291, GP35 635, and GP10 8097. Date:
1984-06-02
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2007-08-17
Here is a closeup of GP35 635, still in its former Gulf, Mobile, and Ohio paint job. Note the AAR Type B freight trucks under the 635, from traded-in FA's when the GP35's were new. June 3, 1984. Date:
1984-06-02
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2007-08-17
Illinois Central GP40 3021 (and sister 3001) rumble past Valley Junction tower in East St. Louis. June 3, 1984. Date:
1984-06-02
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2007-08-17
A set of Seaboard System power sits at the Chessie Yard, St Louis, IL. U23B 2755 and GP38 546 (still in former SCL paint) are about to become part of CSX. June 2, 1984. Date:
1984-06-02
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2007-08-17
South of Valley Junction in East St. Louis, IL, a MoPac coal train waits for a new crew. SD40-2's 3261-3180-3143 are ready to charge south on June 2, 1984. Date:
1984-06-02
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2007-08-17
Coming into the former northeast corner of the Southern Pacific, nearly new GP38-2's 4830-4824-4820 bring a northbound into Valley Jct, East St. Louis, IL, on June 2, 1984. Date:
1984-06-02
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2007-08-17
At the former Cotton Belt shops near Valley Junction in East St. Louis, SP GP35 6640 is worn but ready for another assignment on June 2, 1984. Date:
1984-06-02
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2007-08-17
Power for two evening eastbounds sit at the east end of the Conrail yard at East St. Louis, IL. In the background is HN cabin, which is the crossing with the Chessie main. Power is CR 5049-3005-5004 and CR 5002-5034-5047. June 2, 1984. Date:
1984-06-02
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2007-08-17
Conrail train TV4 enters the mainline at HN Cabin in East St. Louis on the evening of June 2, 1984. Power is 5047-5034-5002. Date:
1984-06-02
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2007-08-17
At Taylorville, IL, west of Decatur, IL, a Norfolk Southern westbound freight has high nose GP30 NW541 leading SD45 1797 and GP9's 768 and 684 on June 3, 1984. Date:
1984-06-03
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2007-08-17
Grand Trunk 5805 waits for its next assignment at Belt Railway of Chicago's Clearing Yard. June 3, 1984. Date:
1984-06-03
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2007-08-17
Belt Railway of Chicago had 6 Alco C424's for heavy transfer duty. Here units 603 and 601 wait for their next assignment with GT GP38-2 5855 and Soo Line SD40 737 on June 3, 1984. Date:
1984-06-03
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2007-08-17
Classic Clearing Yard spread...from left to right, Grand Trunk 6408, Seaboard System 6253, Soo Line 737, and Seaboard System 8037 make up an eclectic line-up on June 3, 1984. Date:
1984-06-03
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2007-08-17
Two cow/calf sets (506/516 and 502/514) are stored at the front of the Belt Railway of Chicago diesel shop at Clearing Yard. By 1984, the Belt Railway had fewer transfer duties as other railroads would use their power to deliver trains to Clearing Yard. June 3, 1984. Date:
1984-06-03
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2007-08-17
Belt Railway of Chicago was one of the last operators of original EMD cow/calf sets. TR4A/B 500/515 are working a cut of cars at the east end of Clearing Yard on June 3, 1984. Date:
1984-06-03
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2007-08-17
Belt Railway of Chicago Alco S6 420 sits stored on a roundhouse tail track at Clearing Yard in Chicago on June 3, 1984. Keeping it company are several hood sections from BRC GP's and a Union Pacific NW2. Date:
1984-06-03
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2007-08-17
An east bound train leaves Clearing Yard with MoPac B23-7 4620 and SD40 3070 with Union Pacific SD45 number 4 splicing them. June 3, 1984. Date:
1984-06-03
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2007-08-17
MoPac SD40-2 6018 and B30-7 4852 roll a westbound into Clearing Yard in Chicago, IL on Jube 3, 1984. Date:
1984-06-03
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2007-08-17
BN train 63 roars through Berwyn, IL just west of Cicero with SD40-2's 7056 and 8005 and B30-7AB's 4060 and 4115. June 3, 1984. Date:
1984-06-03
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2007-08-17
Right on 63's tail is S23, with demostrator B32-8 's 5497 and 5498, B30-7AB's 4000 and 4086 and SD40-2 6805. The four cold GE's have just laid out a smoke cloud that would make NASA proud; even the crew has looked back to see if the train will emerge from the cloud. June 3, 1984. Date:
1984-06-03
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2007-08-17
The morning sun hasn't come up yet on June 4, 1984 and BN E8Au 9901 is pushing six cars of commuters out of Aurora towards Napierville and then downtown Chicago. Date:
1984-06-04
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2007-08-17
Side view of BN E8Au 9904 as it waits for its next assignment at Aurora, IL on June 4, 1984. Date:
1984-06-04
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2007-08-17
A "dinkey," as the BN crews call the commute train sets, waits at Aurora on June 4, 1984 for its next run. Date:
1984-06-04
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2007-08-17
June 4th, 1984 in Chicago was a humid, overcast day, but that doesn't bother the BN's "Dinky" operations. Here BN E9Au 9925 blasts off westbound after stopping at Berwyn, IL. Date:
1984-06-04
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2007-08-17
When watching the BN operations in Chicago, one of the places to visit is LaGrange Ave., within a stones throw of EMD's shops, where most of the America's locomotives were built. Here is 9921 rolling into LaGrange on June 4, 1984. Date:
1984-06-04
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2007-08-17
CNW GP7 4168 works a cut of 40 and 50 foot boxcars at the east end of Proviso Yard. June 4, 1984. Date:
1984-06-04
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2007-08-17
Besides the BN E-units, the other unique denizens of Chicago in 1984 were the six Belt Railway of Chicago Alco C424's. Here 605 and 600 are on a drag from CNW's Proviso Yard back to BRC's Clearing Yard, entering the IHB's trackage at CP Hill. June 4, 1984. Date:
1984-06-04
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2007-08-17
Still on the IHB and about to go under the BN's triple track main, Belt Railway of Chicago C424's 605 and 600 are continuing to Clearing Yard with their Proviso transfer job. June 4, 1984. Date:
1984-06-04
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2007-08-17
The sun is going down on June 4, 1984 when a westbound goes through the crossovers at LaGrange, IL. A matched set of BN SD40-2's, 6785-6798-6781-6721, are spliced by fuel tender FT4. In the 1980's BN experimented with fuel tenders as a way to avoid refueling engines in states with high fuel costs and taxes. Date:
1984-06-04
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2007-08-17
Green Bay and Western C424's 311 and 313 are in charge of the Winona, MN to Green Bay, WI mainfest, Seen here June 5, 1984 at Winona (after an all night drive). Date:
1984-06-05
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2007-08-17
Another view of 311 and 313 at Winona, MN. June 5, 1984. Date:
1984-06-05
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2007-08-17
GBW 311 and 313 pull out of Winona, MN, headed for Green Bay. June 5, 1984. Date:
1984-06-05
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2007-08-17
Green Bay and Western C424's 311 and 313 charge east with the Winona, MN to Green Bay, WI mainfest, Seen here June 5, 1984 east of Winona in Wisconsin. Date:
1984-06-05
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2007-08-17
Green Bay and Western C424's 311 and 313 charge east with the Winona, MN to Green Bay, WI mainfest, Seen here June 5, 1984 east of Winona in Wisconsin. Date:
1984-06-05
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2007-08-17
Green Bay and Western C424's 311 and 313 charge east with the Winona, MN to Green Bay, WI mainfest, Seen here June 5, 1984 east of Winona in Wisconsin. Date:
1984-06-05
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2007-08-17
Green Bay and Western C424's 311 and 313 are coming eastward into Wisconsin Rapids, WI on June 5, 1984. Date:
1984-06-05
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2007-08-17
CNW train 36, the daily freight from Escanaba, MI to Green Bay, WI, rolls through Marinette, WI with C628 6710 and RS32 4240, passing a local powered by GP7 4375. June 6, 1984. Date:
1984-06-06
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2007-08-18
The crew of CNW train 36 stop at Oconto, WI to pick up a bite to eat. June 6, 1984. Date:
1984-06-06
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2007-08-18
A little street running through Oconto, WI with 6710 in the lead. June 6, 1984. Date:
1984-06-06
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2007-08-18
By mid-1984, the Escanaba & Lake Superior, an all Baldwin operation, was very upset with railfans and other trespassers, to the point of placing a monster sign at the entrance to their Wells, MI facility saying that railfans were not welcome. From the road, we see the E&LS deadline, with former Delaware and Hudson RF-16's 1205 and 1216 spliced by switcher E&LS 204. June 6, 1984. Date:
1984-06-06
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2007-08-18
Broadside view of Delaware and Hudson RF-16 1205 at Wells, MI. June 6, 1984. Date:
1984-06-06
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2007-08-18
Escanaba and Lake Superior Baldwin 201 idles outside the Wells, MI shops of the E&LS on June 6, 1984. The flatcar has a load of Baldwin primemovers to be overhauled. Date:
1984-06-06
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2007-08-18
Minneapolis and North Shore SW1200 33 switches at Gladstone, MI on June 6th, 1984. By this time, the M&NS had been bought out by the Soo Line, thus explaining the caboose. Date:
1984-06-06
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2007-08-18
Escanaba, MI is the home to the CNW's big ore dock on the northwestern shores of Lake Michigan. Here is the switcher power for the dock on June 6, 1984, CNW C628's 6716 and 6711. The Centuries' high nose configuration belies their former owner, Norfolk and Western. Date:
1984-06-06
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2007-08-18
Read them and weep. Five (!) C628's bring an Ore Division train into Escanaba, MI on June 6, 1984. A 100 ore jennies are being handled by 6716-6711-6709-6702-6708. Date:
1984-06-06
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2007-08-18
CNW 6718-6703-6725 rest between assignments under the old coaling tower at the Escanaba facilities. June 6, 1984. Date:
1984-06-06
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2007-08-18
CNW 6718-6703-6725 rest between assignments under the old coaling tower at the Escanaba facilities. June 6, 1984. Date:
1984-06-06
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2007-08-18
First (6701) and last (6730) of class wait on two of the roundhouse tracks at Escanaba. Note the broom, probably good for cleaning out switch points of the taconite pellets, which seem to get everywhere. June 6, 1984. Date:
1984-06-06
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2007-08-18
Freshly serviced scale test car CNWX 263629 sits in the yard at Escanaba, MI on June 6, 1984. Date:
1984-06-06
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2007-08-18
CNW C424 4255 is in charge of the Iron Mountain-Powers turn on June 7th, 1984. With 25 cars, the 4255 is ready to leave Hermansville, MI. Date:
1984-06-07
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2007-08-18
At Powers, MI C424 4258 and C628 6710 charge train 36 south towards Green Bay on June 7, 1984. Date:
1984-06-07
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2007-08-18
All right now, after a week of driving 2500 miles around the midwest, we've finally reached the Holy Land of Alcos - the Lake Superior & Ispheming. RSD12 1850 sits at Eagle Mills Shops in the current green paint. June 7, 1984. Date:
1984-06-07
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2007-08-18
In the evening sun light of June 7, 1984, LS&I RSD12's 1804-1852-1803 roll a non-iron ore movement of six covered hoppers past the Eagle Mills taconite plant. Date:
1984-06-07
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2007-08-18
LS&I runs two shifts, morning and afternoon, and the railroad is pretty quiet at night. At Marquette, RSD15's 2401-2403-2405 wait for the morning shift to take cars back to the Empire and Tilden mines. June 7, 1984. Date:
1984-06-07
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2007-08-18
The other set of road power at Marquette the evening of June 7, 1984 is made up of RSD15's 2400 and 2402 spliced by U25C 2500. You know that you're north when its still light out after 10 o'clock at night. Date:
1984-06-07
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2007-08-18
Meanwhile, after midnight, RSD12 1803 is being serviced at the Eagle Mills shops. June 8, 1984. Date:
1984-06-08
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2007-08-18
U23C 2300 is in for some substantial work at Eagle Mills Shops. June 8, 1984. Date:
1984-06-08
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2007-08-18
A nice view from above of LS&I RSD15 2400. Marquette, MI, June 8, 1984 Date:
1984-06-08
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2007-08-18
The Marquette Ore Dock switcher for June 8, 1984 is the great lashup of 2400-2500-2402. At this point, 2402 is the only LS&I in the red paint. Most of the RSD15's finally got the red. Date:
1984-06-08
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2007-08-18
A blast of Alco smoke signals another movement of the Ore Dock switcher as it pulls a cut out of the storage yard and prepares to push it up to the Ore Dock at Marquette. Date:
1984-06-08
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2007-08-18
Big Red LS&I RSD15 2402 at Marquette, MI. June 8, 1984. Date:
1984-06-08
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2007-08-18
A few miles east of Marquette along the shore of Lake Superior is the town of Munising, MI. One of the major employers here is Kimberly-Clark Paper. The LS&I services Munising on a branch isolated from the rest of railroad. After collecting RS3 1604 from an engine house at Kimberly-Clark, the crew is putting together their train at Muising in June 8, 1984. Date:
1984-06-08
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2007-08-18
At a blistering 10 MPH, 1604 is on its way the three or four miles to Munising Jct., where the cars will be set out for the Soo Line to pick up. June 8, 1984. Date:
1984-06-08
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2007-08-18
Returning from its set out with the Soo Line, LS&I 1604 rolls through someone's front yard on its way back to Munising, MI. June 8, 1984. Date:
1984-06-08
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2007-08-18
Showing her classic Alco lines, LS&I RS3 1604 returns to Munising, MI. June 8, 1984. Date:
1984-06-08
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2007-08-18
LS&I RSD12 1801 is unusual because of its choped-nose. Fortunately for railfans, the rest of the RSD12 didn't receive the same treatment. Eagle Mills, MI, June 8, 1984. Date:
1984-06-08
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2007-08-18
LS&I RSD15 2401 is serviced at Eagle Mills Shops with an incredible background of clouds. June 8, 1984. Date:
1984-06-08
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2007-08-18
RSD15 2405 gets a shot of fuel at Eagle Mills Shops. June 8, 1984. Date:
1984-06-08
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2007-08-18
The only depressing scene on the LS&I, RS3 1608 sits dead and partially parted out at Eagle Mills, but she is keeping sister 1604 running on the Munising Branch. June 8, 1984. Date:
1984-06-08
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2007-08-18
Holy Smoke! Hot and cold running chocolate Alligators! RSD15's 2405-2403-2401 have a set of empties in charge at Eagle Mills Jct. on June 8, 1984. Date:
1984-06-08
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2007-08-18
Three RSD15's (2401-2403-2405) roll back from the Tilden Mine with another load of ore for Eagle Mills and Marquette. June 8, 1984 at Q68 Junction. Date:
1984-06-08
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2007-08-18
LS&I caboose number 3 at Eagle Mills, MI. June 8, 1984. By 1984, cabooses were not used on LS&I trains. Date:
1984-06-08
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2007-08-18
CNW RS32 4240 switches cars at the yard in Ispheming, MI on June 8, 1984. We kept expecting a big cloud of smoke, but all we got was a little burp. Date:
1984-06-08
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2007-08-18
OK, now we're talking smoke! C628's 6721-6704-6729 and RS32 4240 leave Ispheming headed for Little Lakes and the Ore Division. June 8, 1984. Date:
1984-06-08
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2007-08-18
On June 9, 1984, the sun has disappeared behind clouds, but the LS&I still rolls on. Here 2402-2500-2400 run light engine from Marquette to Eagle Mills for another set of loads and are seen here crossing Dead Creek Trestle. Date:
1984-06-09
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2007-08-18
Later in the morning of June 9, 1984, 2400 leads 2500 and 2402 with a combination of coal loads and iron ore loads for Marquette as they leave the yard at Eagle Mills. Date:
1984-06-09
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2007-08-18
U23C's 2302-2304-2300 arrive at Eagle Mills from Marquette as light engines for servicing. June 9, 1984. Date:
1984-06-09
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2007-08-18
LS&I ore car 1717 at Eagle Mills, MI. June 9, 1984. Date:
1984-06-09
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2007-08-18
LS&I ore car 8113 at Eagle Mills, MI. June 9, 1984. Date:
1984-06-09
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2007-08-18
LS&I ore car 9164 at Eagle Mills, MI. June 9, 1984. Date:
1984-06-09
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2007-08-18
LS&I coal car 1001 at Eagle Mills, MI. June 9, 1984. Coal is used at the mines to run the taconite plants. Date:
1984-06-09
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2007-08-18
LS&I scale test car 5 at Eagle Mills, MI. June 9, 1984. Date:
1984-06-09
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2007-08-18
More smoke! C628's 6730-6702-6709 are rolling at a full boil south of Little Lake, MI headed for Escanaba. June 9, 1984. Date:
1984-06-09
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2007-08-18
C424 4258 rests at Escanaba, MI, June 9, 1984. Date:
1984-06-09
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2007-08-18
The Milwaukee Road was near the end of its independence in 1984, but could still serve up good sized trains, such as this northbound out of Bensenville Yard in North Chicago. June 10, 1984 with SD40-2's 209 and 206. Date:
1984-06-10
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2007-08-18
One more check of the BN's facility at Cicero finds this former Frisco U30B (now BN 5792) waiting for its next assignment westbound. June 10, 1984. Date:
1984-06-10
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2007-08-18
Former Frisco GP35 BN 2570 waits mid-lashup for its next run at Cicero Yard, Chicago, IL. June 10, 1984. Date:
1984-06-10
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2007-08-18
A mid-day "dinkey" blasts off from Berwyn, IL westbound with E-unit 9907 leading two cars on June 10, 1984. Date:
1984-06-10
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2007-08-18
SP B30-7 7880 and SD45T-2 9332 deliver an eastbound to Roseville on a warm June 23, 1984. Date:
1984-06-23
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2007-08-12
Returning to Portland on its 1984 tour, the SP 4449 pretends to be train number 10 as it picks up speed at Sunset-Whitney after leaving Roseville on the morning of June 23, 1984. The almost endless stream of fans is already on the road after it. Date:
1984-06-23
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2007-08-12
Having just shed its helper (SD40R 7330) from Dunsmuir to Mott, SP 4449 goes its alone at O'Brien on June 23, 1984. One of the best paint schemes ever! Date:
1984-06-23
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2007-08-12
SP GP9R 2875 leads DRGW GP40 3068 and B&O GP40 3779 eastbound on a SJRVY at Antelope on July 6, 1984. The blue B&O GP40 made several trips around California in July 1984. Date:
1984-07-06
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2007-08-12
SP SD7R 1504 and another SD7R drag the SJRVY with SP GP9R 2875, DRGW GP40 3068, and B&O GP40 3779 into Roseville Yard at Antelope on July 6, 1984. Date:
1984-07-06
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2007-08-12
Big tonnage on Donner! 4 SD45's (7498-9230-9321-8996) lead a westbound freight over the trestle at Troy, CA. A three unit helper is buried half way back in this train. Date:
1984-07-07
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2007-08-12
Amtrak train number 11 comes through the Antelope interlocking at the west end of Roseville Yard in the pre-dawn hours of July 7, 1984. Power is 282 and 244 this day, and a westbound SP freight waits for this train to pass before proceeding. Date:
1984-07-07
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2007-08-13
An 839 train glides between Asbury and Collier on the final leg of its journey into Richmond on July 22, 1984. GP35's 2897 and 2905 are spliced by GP30 2747. Notice that all three units are equipped with exhaust deflectors, which were added to most Santa Fe rebuilds in the 1980's. The deflectors were supposed to keep exhaust from the leading engines from being immediately sucked back into the air intakes of the following engines. Date:
1984-07-22
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2007-08-10
A 189 train follows the 839 into Richmond on July 22, 1984. GP35's 2914, 2823, and 2857 and GP30 2723 have a long string of trailers in hand between Asbury and Collier in Franklin Canyon. Date:
1984-07-22
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2007-08-10
Slushbuckets on the Bricks! Santa Fe SD26's 4628-4634-4644 roll a westbound freight past the depot at San Bernardino. SD26's were known in my circles as "Slushbuckets" due to their very distinctive turbocharger sound, which was much more muffled than the SD40 or SD45. Date:
1984-08-17
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2007-08-10
An 863 roars around the turn below Cajon Summit with 5701-5596-5043-8086. Date:
1984-08-17
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2007-08-10
A Santa Fe westound rolls onto the Bricks at San Bernardino on August 17th, 1984 with GP50 3824, SD45u 5326, and U36C's 8725 and 8718. Date:
1984-08-17
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2007-08-10
Santa Fe GP30 2729 leads SD26's 4652 and 4602 out of the bottom of Sullivan's Curve with a westbound intermodal train on August 17, 1984. Date:
1984-08-17
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2007-08-10
Roaring easbound on the North Track at Summit, 6917 leads 3242-3707-SP9257-3130 and 54 cars on an eastbound in the early morning of August 17, 1984. Date:
1984-08-17
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2007-08-11
Another slow, heavy eastbound UP train has made it to Cajon Summit on a warm August 17, 1984. SD40-2's 3749 and 3605 and U30C 2957 have 67 cars in tow. Date:
1984-08-17
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2007-08-11
A UP coal train howls downgrade at Verdemont on August 17, 1984 with UP 3499-3509-3374-3363 on the point and Victorville helpers 3722-3723 on the tail end of 85 loads of coal. Date:
1984-08-17
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2007-08-11
A UP eastbound crests Cajon Pass at Summit with C30-7 2461 leading SD40-2-s 3293 and 3168 on a warm August 17, 1984. Date:
1984-08-17
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2007-08-11
The HOWCY arrives in a smoggy West Colton, CA on August 17, 1984 with GP38-2 4833 leading SD45T-2 9226 and SD45 9137. The 4833 had just recently been removed from its cocoon after several years of storage immediately after its delivery, thus explaining its nearly new appearance. Date:
1984-08-17
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2007-08-12
In 1984, the Santa Fe was in a bit of a pinch for power and turned to the BN for extra engines. Here, SD45 6567 and GP50's 3100 and 3102, along with SD40-2 8111 wait for an afternoon eastbound assignment at Barstow, CA on August 18, 1984. Date:
1984-08-18
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2007-08-05
C30-7 8111 leads 5595, 5072, and 8018 with the hot 881 train in a more sun-bleached summer look of Summit. Date:
1984-08-18
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2007-08-10
ATSF SD45u 5379 gets checked out at the Old Barstow Diesel Shop shortly after being released from rebuilding at San Bernardino. August 18, 1984. Date:
1984-08-18
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2007-08-10
West of Ludlow, XATSF5091West roars towards Barstow and trip through the degreaser. Unfortunately, the U36C second out has blown a turbo seal and thrown oil all over the three trailing SD45-2's and the open top bi-levels. Date:
1984-08-18
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2007-08-10
A hot Saturday afternoon on the Mojave Sub bakes the paint on Santa Fe GP30 2718. 2718 and four other GP30's and GP35's are waiting at Hinkley, just west of Barstow for their next helper or local assignment. Date:
1984-08-18
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2007-08-10
Well, we started with 4628-4634-4644 leading a westbound down into San Bernardino. We'll end with the same trio showing plenty of black exhaust as they blast-off in Run 8 through Daggett eastbound the following day. Date:
1984-08-18
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2007-08-10
One of the multitude trains in a Saturday morning rush on Cajon, an eastbound pig train with five UP SD40-2's (3363-3374-3425-3665-3589) roaring through Summit in a cloud of sand and exhaust on August 18, 1984. This is early Eighties classic UP railroading in LA. Date:
1984-08-18
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2007-08-11
An OARVY backs down off the eastbound onto the Eastbound Electric to pick up its train by the old Ryerson Steel plant. Power on this Labor Day Sunday, September 2, 1984 is 3200-3199-4382-4311-4391-4376. Date:
1984-09-02
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2007-08-12
An OARVY is ready to go by the old Ryerson Steel plant. Power on this Labor Day Sunday, September 2, 1984 is 3200-3199-4382-4311-4391-4376. Date:
1984-09-02
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2007-08-12
The L751 local rolls west through Hearst, CA west of Livermore on its way to Fremont and Oakland. Power is former Western Pacific GP35's 792 and 789 with WP GP9 731 in between on Labor Day, September 3, 1984. Date:
1984-09-03
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2007-08-12
An XOT, the engines and caboose from the WPV, roll across the high span bridge at the west end of Altamont Pass on September 3, 1984. Power is C30-7 2460, SD40-2 3649, and DDA40X 6910. This is probably one of the few times that a WP caboose came in direct contact with a DDA40X. Date:
1984-09-03
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2007-09-03
The westbound steel train for Pittsburg rolls into Stockton with former Western Pacific GP35's 792 and 786. The power will run around the train at Stockton for the continuation of its trip on the Santa Fe over to Pittsburg and the isolated section of former Sacramento Northern trackage that services the US Steel plant there. Date:
1984-10-14
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2007-08-12
UP DDA40X 6902 and SD40-2 3435 have a CVE, the old Richmond Chevron Oil Cans, rolling through the morning shadows at Pulga, CA on November 3, 1984. Date:
1984-11-03
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2007-08-11
The CVE approaches the lower reaches of Williams Loop. Date:
1984-11-03
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2007-08-11
Look Out! DDA40X 6902 swings around the upper end of Williams Loop on November 3, 1984. Date:
1984-11-03
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2007-08-11
The CVE with UP 6902 and 3435 rolls 61 oil cans through Portola, CA on November 3, 1984. Date:
1984-11-03
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2007-08-11
Niles in the old days. A OAWCY has stopped for orders at Niles Tower, lit by a glorious winter sun on December 1, 1984. Power is 7364-8887-7399-8381. Date:
1984-12-01
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2007-08-12
The OAWCY with SP 7364 in the lead waits at Niles Junction for authority to proceed down to Warm Springs and San Jose. Date:
1984-12-01
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2008-12-01

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