SP 8621 – Where is this? April 1985

It’s driving me nuts – looks familiar but I cannot place it & Dad never wrote locations on slides.

Southern Pacific 8621
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 !

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 number 9

Photo of a tired SP standard station
Station

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.

Any ideas?

May 85 Number 6 & 8

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

Caboose SSW50 & SP engine 2624
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 a SW1500 with a Caboose
SP 2624 SW1500

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

JULY 1990

As I have said before, Dad’s favorite was the SP&S Railway.

After he retired he and Mom headed to his beloved Pacific Northwest and went looking for “signs of life”.

It seems that they found it

SP&S Passenger Car "COLUMBIA" turned into a diner.
SP&S 404 PASSENGER CAR turned DINER

Sadly COLUMBIA seems to have lasted in place until 2006 according to the RRARCHIVE and Google Map.

SP&S Railway Car "ENTERPRISE"
SP&S ENTERPRISE

Things change but the above still ranks as an “artsy fartsy” shot as Dad used to say.

May 1971 SP&S RY. 4362

Engine 4362 Alco C636

I didn’t adjust the colour and all that this week. There is something about admitting that May of 1971 was so long ago that its a little yellow.

Note the UP cat in the background with the kooky 1970’s typeface (font)

Alco made always bring a smile so it counts …-rob