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Photos from the Year 1985

Santa Fe's Parker Local on January 2, 1985 has 18 cars that are propelled by ATSF 8114-5965-5432-3821 as the train rolls through Siberia, CA. Date:
1985-01-02
Added:
2007-08-10
In the last minutes of light of February 9, 1985, a westbound Santa Fe intermodal flies through Sandcut, a few minutes from a crew change at Bakersfield. Power is 5013-8152-2946-2828-2741. Date:
1985-02-09
Added:
2007-08-10
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
The OME is ready to go on the evening of April 3, 1985 with DDA40X 6938 leading SD40-2's 3441 and 3371. This was the last Jack I saw on the point of a train other than 6936. Date:
1985-04-03
Added:
2007-08-11
The car-men has hopped off the OME and is headed to the rear end to conduct the air test prior to the train leaving Oakland on the evening of April 3, 1985. DDA40X 6938 leads 2 SD40-2's on the hottest former WP train. Date:
1985-04-03
Added:
2007-08-11
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
Springtime, Cajon Summit, and GE's, what could be better? Its 7AM on May 22, 1985, and U36C 8762 leads two GE's and an EMD GP50 eastbound over Summit. Date:
1985-05-22
Added:
2007-08-10
On May 22, 1985, the 168 train blasts out of West Barstow headed from Cajon Pass with SDP40F 5264 in the lead. For the first few years after they purchased them from Amtrak, it was possible to find an SDP40F on the point of a train, however, crews didn't like the modified front pilot and steps. Even after substantial modification to the nose that finally improved the crew's ability to get aboard, these units didn't have too many leading assignments. Date:
1985-05-22
Added:
2007-08-10
BN 7861 storms eastbound through Fullerton, CA with Santa Fe U36C 8774 and C30-7 8042. Date:
1985-06-27
Added:
2007-08-05
Canada, 1985. You knew that if you went to Quebec, you were going to Big Alco Country. So, isn't was too much of a surprise that the first train out of the box would be this magnificant set of 4 CP M636's (4718-4709-4740-4739) roaring through Westminister, PQ on its way to downtown Montreal. Canada Day, July 1, 1985. Date:
1985-07-01
Added:
2007-08-06
Minutes after the first close encounter with CP's Big Alco's, things go from amazing to plain weird. Paste wax clean CP C424 4248 has a collection of historical equipment in tow, headed for the main train station in Montreal. In mix of old passenger cars is DRS-4-4-1000 number 8000. Westminister, PQ, Canada Day, July 1, 1985. Date:
1985-07-01
Added:
2007-08-06
Close-up of CP C424 4248. Date:
1985-07-01
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2007-08-06
A close up view of CP DRS-4-4-1000 number 8000. Date:
1985-07-01
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2007-08-06
VIA LRC 6927 comes around a corner at Wellington, PQ as another consist of traditional equipment is pushed into Gare Central in downtown Montreal. Date:
1985-07-01
Added:
2007-08-06
A VIA dome-observation brings up the rear of a cut of cars being pushed into Gare Central in Montreal. Date:
1985-07-01
Added:
2007-08-06
VIA 6909 rolls over the Wellington, PQ bridge just outside of Gare Central in Montreal. Date:
1985-07-01
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2007-08-06
Oh my! A matched A-B-A set of Alco's departs Montreal over the Wellington bridge. FPA4's 6789 and 6779 are spliced by rare FPB4 6867. Date:
1985-07-01
Added:
2007-08-06
The biggest Alco in Canada out on the road! CP MLW M640 4744, built at the end of the horsepower wars of the 1970's, spent many years as a mechanical oddity in CP's fleet. When an electrical fire side-lined her in the early 1980's, most observers thought her days were over. However, CP gave her a new lease on life in 1985, working with ABB Brown-Boveri to install one of the first AC drive proplusion systems in a North American railroad application. 4744 is seen here at Rigaud, PQ on July 2, 1985 with CP dyno car 62, getting ready to tow three QNS&L SD40's set in dynamic braking as a simulated draw bar load. Date:
1985-07-02
Added:
2007-08-06
CP M640 4744 shows off its blunt and bulging tail end. Shown at Rigaud, PQ with dynamometer car 62, three QNS&L SD40-2's and CP SD40-2 6027. Date:
1985-07-02
Added:
2007-08-06
CP dynamometer car 62 testing with CP M640 4744 at Rigaud, PQ. Date:
1985-07-02
Added:
2007-08-08
July 2, 1985 finds the old English Electric motors of the Mount Royal Line still running paying customers north out of downtown Montreal, under Mount Royal, and out to the suburbs. EE's 6713 and 6712 still put on a good show after more than 60 years of service. Date:
1985-07-02
Added:
2007-08-08
EE's 6724 and 6716 bring another suburban train into Mount Royal station after coming through the Mount Royal tunnel north from downtown Montreal. Date:
1985-07-02
Added:
2007-08-08
The other breed of electrics on the Mount Royal Line were these GE centercabs, which are only slightly younger than the EE's. Here centercabs CN 6725 and 6727 have a heavy 9 car train under control at Mount Royal, PQ on July 2, 1985. Date:
1985-07-02
Added:
2007-08-08
CN GE Centercab electric 6726 has the duty of bringingVIA RDC 6101 up through the Mount Royal tunnel on July 2, 1985. Date:
1985-07-02
Added:
2007-08-08
At 8:15PM on July 2nd, 1985, an eastbound VIA passenger train speeds through Dorval, PQ with VIA LRC 6902 leading. Date:
1985-07-02
Added:
2007-08-08
July 3rd, 1985 starts off cloudy, but we find MUCTC FP7 1305 in charge of 4 bi-level cars as it hurries out of Dorval, PQ on its way to the western suburbs for another load of Montreal commuters. Date:
1985-07-03
Added:
2007-08-08
VIA 6916 pulls into Dorval, PQ for a station stop on the morning of July 3, 1985. Date:
1985-07-03
Added:
2007-08-08
The service pits at St. Luc Shops in Montreal have been invaded from the US by some smoky blue critters. Conrail B23-7's 1946 and 2014, in from a cross-border transfer run, share the sand pit with a mixed bag lashup of 4732-4557-4737-8766-4565. Date:
1985-07-03
Added:
2007-08-08
Conrail B23-7's 1946 and 2014 are on the move out of St. Luc Shops for their trip back to the American side of the border with another transfer train. Date:
1985-07-03
Added:
2007-08-08
St. Luc Shops has been one of the main storage location for dead and retired locomotives. Here is a rare bird indeed, RS2 8402, along with a VIA FP7. Date:
1985-07-03
Added:
2007-08-08
A head on shot of CP RS2 8402 in the dead line at St. Luc Shops. Date:
1985-07-03
Added:
2007-08-08
In another dead line at St. Luc Shops sits CP S3 6538 in its faded obsolete paint. Date:
1985-07-03
Added:
2007-08-08
CP M636 4714 hostles around St. Luc Diesel Shop. Date:
1985-07-03
Added:
2007-08-08
CP M636 4739 shows a great deal of its guts at St. Luc Diesel Shop. Date:
1985-07-03
Added:
2007-08-08
CP M630 4562 waits for its next assignment in the rain at St. Luc Diesel Shop. Date:
1985-07-03
Added:
2007-08-08
What, more weirdness at Westminister? Yes, D&H GP39-2 7411 brings in another transfer run from the New York side of the border. Date:
1985-07-03
Added:
2007-08-08
The afternoon of July 3, 1985 finds 4 rebuilt RS18's on a manifest run westbound through Westminister, PQ. Power is 1800-1805-1809-1815. Date:
1985-07-03
Added:
2007-08-08
An afternoon eastbound CP train is sounding great with rebuilt RS18u's 1813, 1802, and 1810 with unrebuilt RS18 8785 slipped into the consist for good measure. July 3, 1985 at Westminister, PQ. Date:
1985-07-03
Added:
2007-08-08
Another hot TOFC arrives in Montreal, PQ with CP C630 4502 and M636 4709 leading a long parade of containers and trailers. July 3, 1985 at Westminister, PQ. Date:
1985-07-03
Added:
2007-08-08
Under the high signal mast at Dorval, PQ, an morning eastbound with CP M630's 4554 and 4571 and Conrail GP38 7764 roll towards Montreal on July 4,1985. Date:
1985-07-04
Added:
2007-08-08
Late morning light in the summer is not even good in Canada, but the subject is excellent. Here is a westbound at Dorval with M636's 4707 and 4709, C630 4508, and C424 4238 on July 4, 1985. Date:
1985-07-04
Added:
2007-08-08
VIA 6925 blasts off from Dorval, PQ on its way into Montreal. July 4, 1985. Hey, isn't that Harry (Mr. Tracktime)? Date:
1985-07-04
Added:
2007-08-08
CP RS18 8749 stops to do some local switching at Dorval, PQ on July 4, 1985. Considering the equipment and location, this could have been any time in the past ten years. Date:
1985-07-04
Added:
2007-08-08
Broadside shot of CP RS18 8749. Dorval, PQ. Date:
1985-07-04
Added:
2007-08-08
Transfer caboose CP 437245 is tugged along by CP 8749. Check out the wood siding on this car; definitely an old timer. Date:
1985-07-04
Added:
2007-08-08
VIA FPA4 6789 arrives with a 2 car eastbound at Dorval, PQ. Date:
1985-07-04
Added:
2007-08-08
It's not just the Big Alco's of the CP and the CN that were a draw in 1985. There were the FPA4's, which held down some of the fastest runs on the VIA system. With 90MPH limits between Montreal and Toronto, small trains like this one were held down by FPA4's, while longer trains were handled by one or two LRC's. Such is this meet between FPA4 6789 and LRC 6930 at Dorval, PQ, July 4, 1985. Date:
1985-07-04
Added:
2007-08-08
VIA 6930 sits at Dorval, PQ. Date:
1985-07-04
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2007-08-08
VIA 6930 shows her lengthy flanks at Dorval, PQ. Date:
1985-07-04
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2007-08-08
Blast Off! An amazing sound comes out of a FPA4 starting out of a station. VIA 6789 at Dorval, PQ. Date:
1985-07-04
Added:
2007-08-08
More smoke! VIA 6789 at Dorval, PQ. Date:
1985-07-04
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2007-08-08
VIA FPA4 6769 makes a passenger stop at Belleville, ON on July 4, 1985. Even with her failing paint, the heart of 6769 is still strong. Date:
1985-07-04
Added:
2007-08-08
VIA LRC's 6925 and 6912 roar through Belleville, ON with a late afternoon westbound passenger train from Montreal to Toronto. Date:
1985-07-04
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2007-08-08
VIA LRC's 6925 and 6912 roar through Belleville, ON with a late afternoon westbound passenger train from Montreal to Toronto. Date:
1985-07-04
Added:
2007-08-08
In the Toronto suburb of Eglinton, ON, GO Transit F40PH 510 handles a 4 car train eastbound. Date:
1985-07-05
Added:
2007-08-09
LRC class unit 6901 roars westbound through Eglinton, ON. Date:
1985-07-05
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2007-08-09
VIA FPA4 6784 teams up with FP9 6531 on a long passenger train ready to leave Toronto, ON. Date:
1985-07-05
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2007-08-09
Big CN MLW S13 8521 wrestles with a large LRC consist at Sarina in downtown Toronto under the shadow of CN Tower. Date:
1985-07-05
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2007-08-09
Under the shadow of CN Tower, five VIA RDC's rumble out of downtown Toronto with an afternoon regional train. RDC's 6211, 6129, 6114, 6105, and 6208 make up this consist. Date:
1985-07-05
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2007-08-09
CP Alco switcher 6509 works in the shadow of downtown Toronto. Date:
1985-07-05
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2007-08-09
CP C424 4210 rests between runs at Agincourt Yard, with leased Chessie GP40's in the background. Date:
1985-07-05
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2007-08-09
CP SD40-2 5672 waits between assignments on the sanding track at Agincourt Yard with B&O GP40 3702, CP SD40 5508, and CR GP38 7803. Date:
1985-07-06
Added:
2007-08-09
Recently delivered CN SD50F 5405 waits with another SD50F at the MacMillan Diesel Shop for one of its first assignments. Date:
1985-07-06
Added:
2007-08-09
CN HR616 2109 shows off its "Draper Taper" cowl hood that was popular with the CN and CP for a short period of time. Similar to the full cowl of the EMD F45 twenty years earlier, the Draper was designed to minimize the amount of snow that packed in around the engine, causing it to fail. Date:
1985-07-06
Added:
2007-08-09
After missing a few attempts to photograph Big Alco's on the CN, we find this southbound train leaving MacMillan Yard near Toronto with GP40L-2 9510, M630's 2038 and 2035, M424 2560, and RS18 3696. Date:
1985-07-06
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2007-08-09
After missing a few attempts to photograph Big Alco's on the CN, we find this southbound train leaving MacMillan Yard near Toronto with GP40L-2 9510, M630's 2038 and 2035, M424 2560, and RS18 3696. Date:
1985-07-06
Added:
2007-08-09
Unrebuilt CN GP9 4364 shuffles around MacMillan Yard outside Toronto on July 6, 1985. By this time, both CN and CP had active rebuild programs for their early GP fleets, so this spark arrestor equipped, high short hooded critter was becoming an endangered species on the CN. Date:
1985-07-06
Added:
2007-08-09
At the west end of MacMillan Yard, one of the assigned hump pusher sets grabs another string of cars to classify. Back in 1985, this was the current state-of-the-art for heavy switchers, rebuilt GP38's 7500 and 201 on the ends with slugs 272 and 267 cut down from GP9's. Date:
1985-07-06
Added:
2007-08-09
Rolling through Antioch, CA are the first three B39-8's for the Santa Fe, 7400-7401-7402 bringing the 199 train into Richmond, CA on August 5, 1985. Like the BN B32-8's, these units were really fielded engineering prototypes for GE's Dash-8 product line, and after a couple of years were returned to GE. Date:
1985-08-05
Added:
2007-08-10
Santa Fe's three B39-8's rest at the Richmond Diesel Shop shortly after being delivered August 5, 1985. ATSF 7402 is actually resting on the old turntable. After a couple of years of testing for GE, the B39-8's went back to GE, but they provided useful engineering data for later Dash-8 and Dash-9 engines. Date:
1985-08-05
Added:
2007-08-10
Later in the evening of August 5, 1985, Santa Fe 7402 and its two sisters have gone around the wye and are waiting for their eastbound assignment out of Richmond. Date:
1985-08-05
Added:
2007-08-10
OK, let's go chase a train! Here is Santa Fe's hottest train, the 991 departing Bakersfield for an assault on Tehachapi. Power on this sunny August 7, 1985 is the trio of GE B39-8 test beds that Santa Fe had, 7400-7401-7402. The train is still on Santa Fe tracks approaching Kern Junction. Date:
1985-08-07
Added:
2007-08-10
Having cleared Kern Junction, the 991 is now on the Southern Pacific's mainline and heading out of Bakersfield at Quantico. Date:
1985-08-07
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2007-08-10
Leaning into the corner at Sandcut, the 991 has been making easy work of the first leg of its trip over the mountain. Date:
1985-08-07
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2007-08-10
The morning light brings out all sorts of detail with this cab level shot of ATSF 7400 at Sandcut. Date:
1985-08-07
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2007-08-10
Looking off towards Bena, the 991 hustles its collection of hot trailers eastbound. Date:
1985-08-07
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2007-08-10
On the single track main between Bena and Ilmon, the 991 begins to encounter the grade of the Tehachapi's. Date:
1985-08-07
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2007-08-10
Looking across the valley at Ilmon, the B39-8's show off their squareish lines. The growth of trees and other undergrowth since the floods of the early 1980's makes this shot much harder now. Date:
1985-08-07
Added:
2007-08-10
Now the 7400's are digging their wheels in. At Bealville, the B39-8's begin to really start working hard, and a little black smoke is an added bonus. Date:
1985-08-07
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2007-08-10
About to hit the grade crossing at Bealville, the 991 blasts up hill under a wonderfully blue sky. Date:
1985-08-07
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2007-08-10
Rather than go for a shot at the Loop and risk blowing shots all the way to Mojave, we set up for the 991 at the Highway 202 crossing between Cable and Tehachapi. In a few minutes, she rounds the corner and the chase is on again. Date:
1985-08-07
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2007-08-10
The 991 rounds the curve just below Tehachapi. Date:
1985-08-07
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2007-08-10
The 991, with 3 B39-8's in charge, is about to duck under the Highway 202 overpass at the north end of Tehachapi. Date:
1985-08-07
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2007-08-10
Now you've got to drive fast! We finally catch up at Monolith just in time to do this pan shot with the cement plant in the background. Then we have to grind to a stop to wait for the train to cross the road. Date:
1985-08-07
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2007-08-10
The mid-day light is starting to be problematic, so we skip Cameron, which would have been hard to shoot because of the speed of the train, so next stop is Warren and the cantilever signal bridge. Note the early windmill installation, which is now gone. Date:
1985-08-07
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2007-08-10
Finally down into Mojave, the 991 bangs through the cross overs at the top of the yard. The cross overs look a little beat up, probably from the millions of tons of trona and coal that has been going up and down the Searles Branch (the turnout is off to the right). Date:
1985-08-07
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2007-08-10
Passing the old speeder house at the top of Mojave Yard, the 991 is passing under some magnificent clouds. Date:
1985-08-07
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2007-08-10
Finally ready to depart SP tracks and regain the Santa Fe main at Arrowhead Junction, the 991 passes the high masted triple signal that guards the junction at the bottom of the Mojave Yard. At least the signal is still there, but the SP, the Santa Fe, the 991, and the B39-8's have all slipped into history. Date:
1985-08-07
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2007-08-10
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
Amtrak F40PH's 247 and 237 slow the California Zephyr to its station stop at Martinez, CA on October 9, 1985. Since the train is going to stop at the station, train orders are not hooped up for the train. In a precious few years, all vestiges of train order operations will be gone from this scene, including the train order hoops, the train order signal, and sadly, the operator. Date:
1985-10-09
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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 late afternoon light glints off the sides of the San Joaquin train #710 at Pinole, CA. Back in October 1985, the state of California's support for the San Joaquin gave passengers a choice of two round trips a day. Now there are more than 10 round trips today, and each train can accommodate more than the three car Amfleet trains of 1985. Date:
1985-10-09
Added:
2007-12-31
The Santa Fe 179 train rounds the corner at the east end of Gateley and has a few minutes left on its trip to Richmond, CA. The typical Santa Fe "Valley" lashup of 2884-2816-2747 is in charge today. 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
A westbound mid-day Caltrain commuter passes the Lenzen Avenue roundhouse with F40PH 900 pushing 3 cars. SP slug set 7944-1607-7953 is in the background. Date:
1985-10-20
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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
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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
Santa Fe helpers 2892 and 2846 drift back onto Santa Fe rails at Kern Jct., CA after helping a train over Tehachapi. Date:
1985-10-26
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2008-01-02
An eastbound Santa Fe train with GP35's 2921 and 2959, SD45-2's 5695 and 5632, and C30-7 8043 swing through a forest of poles at Kern Jct., CA. Check out Eric Blasko's red Celica railfan-mobile; comfort, speed, and style! Date:
1985-10-26
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2008-01-02
Santa Fe 2921 East rounds the horseshoe curve at Caliente, CA on October 26th, 1985. Date:
1985-10-26
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2008-01-02
Going away shot of Santa Fe 2921 East at Caliente, CA. Date:
1985-10-26
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2008-01-02
Another going away shot of Santa Fe 2921 at Caliente, CA. Date:
1985-10-26
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2008-01-02
After meeting a westbound at Bealville, CA, a Santa Fe eastbound with 2921-2959-5695-5632-8043 blasts off from the siding. Date:
1985-10-26
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2008-01-02
A Santa Fe eastbound accelerates out of the siding at Bealville, CA on October 26th, 1985. Date:
1985-10-26
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2008-01-02
A rather interesting looking car was part of the manifest of Santa Fe 2921 East. This Union Carbide car was used to carry calcium carbide, which used to make acetylene gas. Linde has since been sold to Praxair and Union Carbide has disappeared into Dow Chemical. Date:
1985-10-26
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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
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2008-01-02
Another shot of SP 9333 West at Cable, CA. Date:
1985-10-26
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2008-01-02
SP 9333 West drifts down the canyon at Cable, CA with 9339, 8544, and 7448. Date:
1985-10-26
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2008-01-02
A Southern Pacific westbound rolls down the Tehachapi Pass at Cable, CA. Date:
1985-10-26
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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
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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
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2008-01-02
The Santa Fe 918 train, mostly made up of empty trailer flats, winds up through Cable, CA. Power is 6 GP35's: 2935-2834-2888-2873-2833-2810. Date:
1985-10-26
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2008-01-02
Another westbound SP train rolls down the canyon at Cable, CA with 7536-8384-8245-8291 leading. Date:
1985-10-26
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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
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2008-01-02
Another shot of the eleven unit headend of the RVCIM at Cable, CA. Date:
1985-10-26
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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
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2008-01-02
The swing helper on the RVCIM at Cable, CA is 7432-8256. Date:
1985-10-26
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2008-01-02
An eastbound blasts up through Cable, CA with Santa Fe 2824-2860-2906-2882-2771-2949-2853 and helpers 7490-7499-3805-3832. Date:
1985-10-26
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2008-01-02
Another shot of Santa Fe 2824 East at Cable, CA. Date:
1985-10-26
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2008-01-02
Santa Fe 2824 East's helpers, 7490-7499-3805-3832, at Cable, CA on October 26th, 1985. Date:
1985-10-26
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2008-01-02
Santa Fe work car 203559 is part of the consist of Santa Fe 2824 East at Cable, CA. There is also a non-revenue boxcar (ATSF 202042) with it. Date:
1985-10-26
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2008-01-02
Light helpers 3832-3805-7499-7490 start down the hill towards Bakersfield after helping a train up to Tehachapi Summit. Date:
1985-10-26
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2008-01-02
A Santa Fe eastbound barrels into the corner at Sandcut on the flat portion of Tehachapi. B36-7's 7490 and 7499, C30-7 8060, GP40X 3805, and GP50 3832 are rocking and rolling with GP35's 2943 and 2911 buried in train. Date:
1985-10-27
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2008-01-02
Santa Fe caboose 999091 brings up the rear-end of Santa Fe 7490 East. Date:
1985-10-27
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2008-01-02
Up at Woodford, CA, Santa Fe 3835 leads 8792, 5075, 5638, and 8774 on another eastbound. Date:
1985-10-27
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2008-01-02
Santa Fe 3835 East pops out of the east end of Tunnel 17 just below the west switch of Cable, CA. Date:
1985-10-27
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2008-01-02
Helpers on Santa Fe 3835 East, GP30 2768 and GP35 2872, at Cable, CA. Date:
1985-10-27
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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
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2008-01-02
Roster shot of unrebuilt GP20 4079. Date:
1985-10-27
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2008-01-02
Roster shot of SP GP38-2 4815. Date:
1985-10-27
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2008-01-02
Roster shot of SP SD39 5302. Date:
1985-10-27
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2008-01-02
Broadside of SP SD39 5302. Date:
1985-10-27
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2008-01-02
The RVCIM blasts through the curve between Bena and Ilmon with 8490-5302-4079-4815-8317 leading. Date:
1985-10-27
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2008-01-03
Going away shot of SP 8490 East at Bena, CA. Date:
1985-10-27
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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
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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
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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
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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
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2008-01-07
The second helper on SP 8490 East is the 8368 and 8508. Date:
1985-10-27
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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
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2008-01-07
The BKDOL roars out of Bealville, CA with SP 8243 in the lead. Date:
1985-10-27
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2008-01-07
The BKDOL's helpers at Beaville, CA include 7507-9365-8554-8341-9340-7384. Date:
1985-10-27
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2008-01-07
The RVCIM with SP 8490 in the lead comes up through the narrows at Cable, CA. Date:
1985-10-27
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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
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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
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2008-01-08
The helpers on the Oil Cans are 7507-9365-8554-8341-9340-7384. Date:
1985-10-27
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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
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2008-01-08
The Santa Cruz local at Davenport, CA with SP 3837 and 3770. Date:
1985-10-28
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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
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2008-01-08
Close up of SP GP9E 3770 at Davenport, CA. Date:
1985-10-28
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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
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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
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2008-01-08
SP 3770 and 3837 on the Santa Cruz Local on October 28, 1985. Date:
1985-10-28
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2008-01-08
SP's Santa Cruz Local hits some high ballast between Davenport and Santa Cruz. Date:
1985-10-28
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2008-01-08
SP 3770 and 3837 roll into Santa Cruz with the Davenport portion of the Santa Cruz Local. Date:
1985-10-28
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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
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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
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2008-01-09
Broadside of SP SD40T-2 8537 at Warm Springs, CA. Date:
1985-10-28
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2008-01-09
Roster shot of SP GP35 6605. Date:
1985-10-28
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2008-01-09
A westbound rumbles through Oakland, CA with 8388-8237-7383. Date:
1985-11-04
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2008-01-09
Santa Fe 5034 and 8770 roll a westbound through Collier, CA at the west end of Franklin Canyon. Back in 1985, Caltrans had worked with the Santa Fe to complete a bridge over the new Highway 4, but today, Collier siding has been extended over the freeway as well and a second bridge was thrown up over Highway 4. Date:
1985-11-06
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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
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2008-01-09
Amtrak train 5 comes through Pinole, CA with F40PH's 288 and 204. Date:
1985-11-06
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2008-01-09
The Santa Fe's hot 991 train passes through the east end of the Franklin Canyon with 5975-5018-8094-8784. Date:
1985-11-09
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2008-01-11
Santa Fe SD40u 5010 leads the 928 train through the east end of Gateley siding. Date:
1985-11-09
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2008-01-11
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
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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
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2008-01-11
The second 839 train with two big, blurbing boats, C30-7 8092 and U36C 8760 swing through Christie, CA on their way to Richmond. Date:
1985-11-09
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2008-01-11
The second 839 train at Christie, CA with ATSF 8092 and 8760. Date:
1985-11-09
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2008-01-11
Two lashups of UP power sit in the diesel service tracks at Oakland, CA: one lashup is 2478-DRGW5319-3597 and the other is 3772-3270-2954-3599. Date:
1985-11-13
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2008-01-11
The Santa Fe 839 train is about to pound across the UP diamonds at Stockton Tower. C30-7 8128 and SD40-2 5041 have about 2000 tons of train in tow leaving Stockton. Date:
1985-11-13
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2008-01-11
Santa Fe 8128 leading the Santa Fe 839 train at Stockton Tower diamonds. Date:
1985-11-13
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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
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2008-01-11
SP 7471 West is about to cross the Santa Fe mainline at Stockton Tower. Date:
1985-11-13
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2008-01-11
The WPV rolls through Stockton, CA just north of the Stockton Tower area with UP SD40-2 3739 leading Southern Railway SD45 3137 and Norfolk & Western SD40 1632. Date:
1985-11-13
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2008-01-13
The WPV charges through the bridge above the former SP line at the summit of Altamont Pass. UP3739-SOU3137-N&W1632 make a very atttactive lashup. Date:
1985-11-13
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2008-01-13
A short westbound SP train with 7422-7549-8548-7318 comes through Jack London Square. Date:
1985-11-13
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2008-01-13
The WPV arrives at Oakland, CA with UP3739-SOU3137-N&W1632. Date:
1985-11-13
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2008-01-13
UP 3739 leads the WPV with Southern SD45 3137 and Norfolk and Western SD40-2 1632. Date:
1985-11-13
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2008-01-13
Another shot of UP 3739 West at Oakland. Date:
1985-11-13
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2008-01-13
Southern Railway 3137 is part of the WPV lashup at Oakland, CA. Date:
1985-11-13
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2008-01-13
The OAUSD stack train is prepared to leave Oakland as soon as the WPV gets its train in the yard. UP2478-DRGW5319-UP3597 are the power this afternoon. Date:
1985-11-13
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2008-01-13
Under cloudy skies, the Santa Fe's 199 train with 5161 and 5692 passes by the old site of Hercules and into Pinole. Date:
1985-11-16
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2008-01-13
Down on the Cal-P, a westbound SP train with 8520-8377-7308 rolls through Pinole, CA. Date:
1985-11-16
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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
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2008-01-13
NWPMW flat car 613 sits with a Burro crane at Pinole, CA. Date:
1985-11-16
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2008-01-13
UP 3340 and CNW6836 and two other UP SD40-2's sit in the late afternoon sun at Oakland, CA. Date:
1985-11-19
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2008-01-13
One of the details you usually forget about...here is the distant signal on the former WP, now UP, 3rd Street operation in downtown Oakland. This distant signal gave a heads up to the interlocking signal at Magnolia for the crossing of the UP over the SP's double track main. Date:
1985-11-19
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2008-01-13
UP 3340 and CNW6836 are ready to proceed with the OAUSD on November 20, 1985. Oakland, CA. Date:
1985-11-20
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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
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2008-01-13
Close up of the cab of SP 3207 in its SPSF merger paint. Date:
1985-12-21
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2008-01-13
SP laborer, and future dispatcher, Jamie Schmid poses in front of SP 3207. Date:
1985-12-21
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2008-01-13
Another shot of SP 3207 at Oakland's 16th Street Station. Date:
1985-12-21
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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
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2008-01-13
Santa Fe C30-7 8157 and SD40u 5008 charge past the old Pinole, CA depot with the 918 train, one of the general manifest trains that works out of Richmond, CA. Date:
1985-12-21
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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
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2008-01-15
The UP's OAUSD has its power tacked on and is be inspected. Power the night of December 26, 1985 is a trio of SD40-2's, UP's 3639 and 3604 and Norfolk Southern 6144. Date:
1985-12-26
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2008-01-15
The carman's truck takes off towards the rear of the OAUSD to conduct the terminal air test. UP3639-UP3604-NS6144 lead the OAUSD on the evening of December 26, 1985. Date:
1985-12-26
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2008-01-15
Broadside of NS SD40-2 6144 at Oakland, CA. Date:
1985-12-26
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2008-01-15
A crane in the Port of Oakland looms over NS 6144 and a stack car. Date:
1985-12-26
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2008-01-15
The RVWJM rambles through Jack London Square with SP SD9E 4312 in the lead. Date:
1985-12-28
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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
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2008-01-15
Santa Fe SD45u 5394 at Richmond, CA. Date:
1985-12-28
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2008-01-15

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