Sometimes Dad would organize by company when sorting slides for Friday night slide night at Iron Horse Hobbies. This box must be one of those. As usual, the slides are only marked with the Kodak mount date but I recall that year’s trip was in August from home to South Dakota on another meandering route.
I have always liked switchers and these are no exception. The shadows and textures of the first two contrast nicely against the fresh looking paint.
The last two are washed out – I skipped Photoshop this time – but they are a study in weathering and details.
I can smell the creosote and oil on the ties. The smells of my childhood.
Milwaukee 694 Truck
Spokane Portland & Seattle 700 “Indian Pass” Great Northern
As far as I can tell this is in Portland. There is a similar car images
here in Como, but the big building & Coke sign tells me Portland.
Usually I can find something on the Google machine that tells the story of named passenger cars. I went on the
Railway Preservation News and got this :
P-S, 1950, Lot #6828:
One Car, Plan #4107, 1950, 8RM-4S-4DB “Pass”-Series:
SP&S #700 “Indian Pass”. No disposition information whatsoever.
I think we are in San Jose or Santa Clara but I don’t know. What I do know is that in June of 72 we lived in Burlingame and Dad worked in the San Jose office sometimes so I base my guess on that alone.
The website that I get information from is
and it’s not looking good today so I cannot state what type of engine this is. I mean I can guess its an Alco product but I am unsure. http://www.rrpicturearchives.net
Rear 3/4 Broadside Front 3/4
Milwaukee EMD SDL39 Number 590 was only a toddler when these were taken – born 11/72.
As far as I can tell this unit eventually spent the crazy 80’s & 90’s on the Wisconsin Central and there is a note about the Soo Line as well.
All three were favorites of Fred’s so it seems fitting somehow.
Personally, I like teh clean lines and proportions and the short range fuel tank too.
This is as light as I can make it without washing it out.
Sometimes you do what you can.
I manages to see the building in teh background was “F.S. Harmon Manufacturing Co.”
A little Google – Fu brought me to this pretty neat link :
and that led me to the google machine maps and
this cool view
Kinda fun to think of Dad taking this photo with his Pentax or Mamaya 35mm in 0ctober of 1971.
Working on the Milwaukee under wire.
There is a lot happening – and not happening here – here if you zoom in a bit.
I did what I could to enhance with
Where are we folks?
What I notice most is the LACK of graffiti on every darn thing and the abundance of weeds too.
In the lower image – great for the model maker – you can see a damaged end of a tank car, a few steam tenders and a steam crane too ( really zoom in basically dead center of the lower ).
AAR M930 October 1971
“Strange”, I thought when I saw this marking, “wonder who ben was”.
Interesting study done here :
(r to l) SP 4322, SP 4378, SSW 9403
(l to r) SP 3198, SP 3206, SP 32?4
April 2011 from Google and the shot above.
Oakland was a busy SP hub with the port there and all. it was no uncommon for Dad with Mom and sometimes their grandson to drive there for amusement and getting out of the house.
By 1984 SP was a bit like a study in weathering techniques for aspiring model makers and there was a variety of units.
I did the Google map thing and for sure the Cold Storage brick building is gone.
If you click that link under the 2011 vs 1984 you can see why I will not be driving down there to replicate the image…. it’s quite a place now – unfortunately.
Chico Amtrak Station May 1985
The Chico station looks pretty good in the slide from may of 1985.
Now is looks pretty haggard,
( Click to see on Google Machine ) You have to zoom in a bit to really snoop around the station.
2021 Sad with windows boarded up
Pay phone is gone
AC was upgraded from the window hanger
There are a few 2017 & 2019 images at this link
> IMAGES < that show the exterior and interior. Used to look nice, wish we could take better care of things