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Date: 05/16/11 16:00
few SP Torrance switcher . . .
Author: 3rdswitch

. .
top: old downtown Torrance, CA on SP exPE Torrance Branch 3-85. Today this track is gone and so is ARMCO.
middle: Torrance switcher leaving the SP Wilmington Branch at Watts Jct, CA 5-86.
bottom: arriving Torrance along Normandie Ave 3-95.
JB








Date: 05/16/11 16:23
Re: few SP Torrance switcher . . .
Author: rehunn

ARMCO was a really interesting place, primarily a forge shop for offshore
drilling pieces. There was quite a bit of track inside the plant area though
almost all unused. Torrance with ARMCO and U S Steel was quite an industrial
area for many years and as mentioned, all gone.



Date: 05/16/11 16:37
Re: few SP Torrance switcher . . .
Author: 90mac

Bitchin!!! I knew Torrance very well.
Not any more.
Thanks.
Tom



Date: 05/16/11 16:42
Re: few SP Torrance switcher . . .
Author: john1082

I remember the ARMCO whistle - my grand parents lived on El Prado from 1928 until 1988. When I was a little boy that whistle always meant lunch - and not a moment before.

John Gezelius
Tustin, CA



Date: 05/16/11 16:45
Re: few SP Torrance switcher . . .
Author: jmonier

rehunn Wrote:
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> Torrance with ARMCO and U S
> Steel was quite an industrial
> area for many years and as mentioned, all gone.

And Bethlehem Steel as well at Western and 190th (where Toyota is now).



Date: 05/16/11 17:03
Re: few SP Torrance switcher . . .
Author: trainjunkie

Jeez, real time machine there Joe. Neat shots! I just drove through the downtown Torrance area yesterday and was trying to remember where all the now-removed track used to be when I worked nearby in the 1980s. Was Armco along Border Avenue?

Here's more on the 1985 closure of the Armco plant...

http://articles.latimes.com/1985-02-28/news/cb-13037_1_national-supply



Date: 05/16/11 17:25
Re: few SP Torrance switcher . . .
Author: 3rdswitch

ARMCO was on the corner of Border and Carson Street. Bethlehem Steel was a distribution place, loads in empties out.
JB



Date: 05/16/11 18:22
Re: few SP Torrance switcher . . .
Author: SanJoaquinEngr

nice pics.. we do not have the business that we used to years ago.. only 8 customers left



Date: 05/16/11 18:54
Re: few SP Torrance switcher . . .
Author: rehunn

And we've talked about it before, the Reynolds Aluminum extrusion facility
inside the PE Shops facility. We did a servo controlled extrusion bender for
water solar systems right at the end of what was the inside track that
serviced the line cars and other MOW equipment.



Date: 05/16/11 19:16
Re: few SP Torrance switcher . . .
Author: MacBeau

Thank you JB for the great switcher shots—especially that second one. (I love single unit trains.)
—Mac



Date: 05/16/11 21:30
Re: few SP Torrance switcher . . .
Author: miralomarail

There were alot of Industrial switchers in use at both US Steel and ARMCO. Including Porter and GE units.



Date: 05/16/11 22:13
Re: few SP Torrance switcher . . .
Author: sp8270

Wow, I speed lettered crud! Quite unique.



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