March 1976 MAR-IND

How about this scene for a modeler’s inspiration?

That font is so stylish and hand painted I am sure

SP 1335 and 3187

Also the J.B. Sherr Co Wholesale adds a nice reverse space in classic 70s brown.

Struck out on Sherr.

I did Google around and spotted a Feb 15, 1983 Note in the NY Times:

“Amfac Inc., a diversified company based in Honolulu, said its Distribution Group had acquired the assets of three subsidiaries of Supply Corporation International of Houston. The units are the Tyler Dawson Supply Company, T-D Group and Mar-Ind Supply Inc. Terms were not disclosed.”

Also one was in San Diego :

MAR-IND. SUPPLY OF SAN DIEGO, INC.

MAR-IND. SUPPLY OF SAN DIEGO, INC. is company based in NATIONAL CITY, CA 91950, California. This company was established on 2000-08-17 and registered under entity number C2258912. MAR-IND. SUPPLY OF SAN DIEGO, INC. was founded8142 days ago.

The company is classified as FTB Suspended

So I am unsure if this is Oakland California but I suspect it may be.

Thoughts?

JUNE 1976

Looks nice and warm wherever it is

I wish they were location tagged but if you have any ideas please chime in. These will all go to the SP Historical Society and it helps them to have them located,

Thank you

SW 1500

I have stated before that I always like the actual workers and teh SW1500 by EMD is right there among the best. I recall Dad and brother would curl their lips and snarl “Just a Crud” and begrudgingly they would snap a photo.

Perhaps I felt sorry for these workhorses and they do remind me of the good times in rail yards all over the US. These images are also not location marked but I believe they are in the SF Bay Area from October of 1975

This link : https://www.thedieselshop.us/Data%20EMD%20SW1500.HTML has a nice detailed spec sheet of these common hybrids and it helps to realize their minimal configuration for yard duties.

Here’s to the Cruds =clink=

SP 2654
SP2656 and SP2535

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

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

February 1984 – Colton Yard California

We drive past Colton yard when we go visit my mother in law in Palm Desert so I recognize these near Cherry Ave.

February of 1984 would be cool days and colder evenings in the very busy Colton.

They are on a loop so I hope that you can stop them and zoom in for details.

So much variety back then.