Run by October 1984

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

May 85 Ozol, CA ( I think )

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
SP 3199, 9289 and 7473
SP 3199

Google machine says :

The 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.

Full Circle

Hi again, been a while.

We moved back home in April and I finally have time to post. We have been unpacking and remediating the mess left by the renters and making improvements and setting up the garage and offices and working from home and and and !

Strange how moving back to your childhood home can make you think.

For example, there are some taller trees here about and the road names are the same but they are not as ingrained as they were when they were on my paper route.

Occasionally I am struck by the same difference from 1974 to now. The bad memories are stifled and the good surface more often lately.

Interestingly, “my” office was my late brother’s bedroom and then mine in the early 2000s and Dad’s (Fred III)’s office after he retired.

In this same room these same slides were stored for years.

They were sorted and thinned – but not labeled ( Thanks Dad ! )

And now here I am sharing these same slides. Is it weird? Yeah, it is. But it’s sure nice to be home.

Many of the SP slides are in a foot locker – like an Army one – that I think was my Uncle’s from World War 2. Its stuffed with yellow boxes and therefore it’s a grab – bag to start posting from again.

MAY 1985 in Oakland, Ca. I suspect a "museum" move of some sort. SP 3765 lights ablaze at Jack London Square.
MAY 1985 in Oakland, Ca. I suspect a “museum” move of some sort. SP 3765 lights ablaze at Jack London Square.
MAY 1985 in Oakland, Ca. I suspect a "museum" move of some sort. SP 3765 lights ablaze at Jack London Square.
My beautiful picture

Yes it’s a little blurry – I thought it was me but it is – still kinda neat and it “feels” fast.

Hope all are well

SP 2685 EMD SW1500

Southern Pacific EMD SW1500 number 2685 likely in the San Jose area approximately 1971.
SP 2685

Although a little shady at the left this image was worth the scan and adjust. The unit is EMD SW1500 and based on the RR Archives; its all of about two years old here … estimating by the other prints in this box.

That archive link shows it in pretty rough shape and makes me think that this little work horse was never repainted.

Also a guess but I think San Jose, California – or thereabouts. Dad did work in the Houston office for a time in 1970 where he bought a used Ford Maverick but the hills say California to me.

SP Budd RDC-1 No. 10 and you can help save it!

Front end view of Southern Pacific number 10 Budd Manufacturing  Rail Diesel Car type 1
SP RDC-1 #10

This is from September 1969 and although I am unsure where teh time line is right for Dad being in San Jose office.

Budd made quite a few Rail Diesel Cars however, SP only purchased one unit. This car is alive and here is the history : https://www.splives.org/wp/sp-10/history/

There is one photo RRARCHIVES from a few months ago that states this car is actually slated for restoration at the planned Southern Pacific History Center

They have a donation pager here : https://www.splives.org/wp/

SP 3030 San Jose Service

Southern Pacific engine 3030 at the service center in San Jose California
San Jose Facility

The Peninsula Commuter started in 1863 and made it as a private enterprise until Southern Pacific petitioned for dissolution in 1977.

Dad rode it from Burlingame to San Francisco and occasionally to San Jose for work. Mom & I used to take him in the ’62 Chevy Biscayne or he would take the Jeep. I recall him saying that if he was running late, he would get on at the California Drive Station and shut the Jeep off and hop out letting it “self-park” by rolling to a stop in gear and stalling against the parking stops made from telephone poles. Was ahead of Tesla on that score.

In the 1930’s and 1940’s, he and grandma would ride from San Mateo (well, Broadway, Burlingame Station) to San Francisco to go to Emporium for a day of shopping.

Kudos to Wiki for the link and the maps below here.

1885
1955

Now its CALTRAIN that is continuing the tradition of mass transit.

CalTrain public transit map
Cal Train 2020

SP 4001 Nose Detail MAR 71

Scanned at 600 Dpi – no adjustments
SP 4001 levels adjusted

Dad could, when he chose to, compose a photo.

If he was alone and unhurried he would take his time to assemble an image. Some of his earlier work was that way, like from the 40s … and of girls mostly. Some of his Hawaii images from the pre statehood days are pretty good too link to : Wix FredsSlides.

The magic of black and white is never lost when one composes a shot. Matthew Brady, Ansel Adams and Dorethea Lang proved that.

Here we have the luxury to play with settings in Photoshop and I do that on occasion. I do more now that I am using Wordlress.Com (I cannot put the time in for .ORG version that is much more robust).

So I did that here.

I like the moody shadows of the Alco and the crisp detail of the support structure at left and the Chevy or Ford van. Even the ballast has depth and shadows.

Lighter brightness and lower contrast does enhance dome of the shadow surfaces and reveals the brake wheel detail.

I see some value to this of course. But I am no photographer and it can be learned I suppose.

Below reveals what a simpleton I am though :

Close up of front of engine with chains and brake wheel.

This part looks like a face looking away and sticking it’s tongue sticking out.

April 1968 SP 475 CABOOSE

Railroads did a lot of recycling.

I mean I think its an old Harriman type car by the shape and roof but maybe it is purpose built? Google failed me.

From box cars used as storage, to flat car bridges over maintenance vehicle drive access and the Maintenance of Way crew cars railroads got their money’s worth of their assets.

This little fella looks pretty tired in 1968. I am assuming that it is a recycled passenger car turned Caboose but this is where a comment can help educate me.

There is a photo here as well from the rrachives.

Also note that this would have been made with Dad’s Rolieflex camera that he gave away ,,, grr.

Also note that Dad and brother both had a habit of slanted photos. Not sure if they had one leg longer than the other or a list issue but man, so much straightening to fit the photo frame only to see the +/- 2 to 3 degrees ha ha !

Southern Pacific passenger car that has been turned into a caboose.
SP Caboose 475

Anyway, comments that help educate the guy that has all this stuff (who was 3 1/2 years old when this image was made will help me learn.

Thanks …-rob