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
It’s driving me nuts – looks familiar but I cannot place it & Dad never wrote locations on slides.
R.I.P. SP 8621
Also – The RR archives doesn’t come up with this as a U class but there is a SD 40M-2 with that number….
What the heck is happening !
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Desert run by in October of 1984
Not sure where but must be in Southern California – maybe towards Tehachapi, California .
I can almost smell the exhaust
I zoomed and searched and stood back an thought it over and really, where doesn’t matter. The texture and colors and composition ( yes on the shady side ) say “model me” some day.
The tower behind the power pole in back should be a clue but, for me any way, it’s not.
A Caboose always humanizes these images for me.
After all a boxcar full of stuff doesn’t have a personality outside that of the logo, for me anyway.
Here we are in the Ozol, Ca area again with SSW Caboose 50
SSW50 with SP2624
The interesting difference between the posting
here at the RR archives is color and condition. Also notice the welded up windows. If I recall, Dad mentioned that the crews were getting shot at and the reduction of openings was for safety.
I wonder if anyone can confirm this ?
I also appreciate the D&H box car “snip” and of course SP 2626 that. according to teh RR Archive was revived by the UP in the 90s .
SP 2624 SW1500
Ozol is a great name.
It’s 13 points in Scrabble. Its basically not there (
GOOGLE LINK ).
Wiki says it is a Defense Fuel Support Depot .
Ozol was a generic term around here for anything west of Martinez and east of C&H at Crockett.
SP 3199, 9289 and 7473
Google machine says :
EMD, Electro Motive Division, GP40P-2 is a type of four-axle, 3,000hp, diesel locomotive built specially for the Southern Pacific railroad in 1974.
It is a rare version of the GP40, with only three built (SP #3197–3199), but all remain on the Indiana Harbor Belt and Union Pacific railroads.
Although that was in 2013.
I do know that the single shot is very detailed and I quite like it.