Slide 25, AUG 73

Kodachrome Processed by Kodak

August 1973 on the shady side SP&S 4264. Surely an Alco but the RR Archive doesn’t go that high in numbering

MAY 72 – Keeping it orderly

Funny how Dad never marked any slides so when I came to these I was almost surprised. But not really, the 4000s were special as far as I can tell and I guess that the fact that we can read the engine number in the image was too obvious. I don’t know where these were taken but I still bet on the San Jose, California area.

SP 4004
SP 4005
SP 4006
SP 4007

SP 4003 JUN 72 – Don’t park here

If you are old enough, you have experienced the slide show with one slide that always pops up sideways.

Its usually a really good shot too.

Strangely I managed to take the first image to illustrate the point and the iPhone manages to save it sideways – it must be destiny.

Anyway, scroll down and you can see the proper image (sorry about the fuzz and dust its from 1972 after all.

SP 4003
SP 4003

SP 4008 OCT 72

Found a box of SP. When I say a box I mean a copier paper sized box full of Kodak slide boxes – see below. The marking says SP + SP Special three boxes. Looking at the first slide I’d say they are pretty likely to be special

SP 4008
SP 4008

David Hardie © May 1979

My Dad’s friend David Hardie, seems to have made several duplicates and shared with him over the years. I usually don’t scan those and share since I don’t own the content, but I scanned this one in my assembly line and it’s worth a share.

Captioned Milw 117.C N Oconto, Wi – © David Hardie

SEP 77 Milwaukee Road

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 622
Milwaukee 692
Milwaukee 694
Milwaukee 694 Truck

EMPIRE BUILDER SEP 77

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.

SP 4001 JUN 72

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 http://www.rrpicturearchives.net 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.

Uh ho
SP 4001
SP 4001