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Date: 11/27/12 22:51
SP randomness from the mid-eighties
Author: oyw

Been doing some digging through my older stuff and found a lot more Southern Pacific than I remembered taking. All were not too far from home here in Southern California during an era when the SP was full of variety.

1) Pool power at Pepper Ave as a westbound enters the West Colton yard with a 10 unit lash-up, including GP38's from ICG and the Katy. Taken on March 9, 1986.

2) On August 14, 1986 Cotton Belt SD40T-2 8375 is nearing the summit of Cajon Pass at Hiland with a westbound manifest. SPSF merger GP35 6354 and Rio Grande 5341 add a little extra color to the mix.

3) A pair of SW1500's, 2507 and 2568, head down the Chino Branch on January 16, 1987.








Date: 11/27/12 22:52
Re: SP randomness from the mid-eighties
Author: oyw

4) Merger SD45R 7443 is seconds away from crossing the Santa Fe diamonds at Colton on a crystal clear January 11, 1987 afternoon.

5) Back up in Cajon, another SD45R 7503 climbs the Palmdale Cutoff near Alray. The date is January 13, 1985.

6) On January 15, 1986, the last B23-7 delivered to the SP, 5114 waits in the siding at South Fontana for a new crew with a westbound Sealand stack train.

That's enough for now, thanks for looking back with me.

OYW



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/27/12 23:14 by oyw.








Date: 11/27/12 23:57
Re: SP randomness from the mid-eighties
Author: RyanWilkerson

Now THAT is variety! Love the consists that were seen on the SP. Thanks for posting these shots OYW.

Ryan Wilkerson
Fair Oaks, CA
ShastaRails



Date: 11/28/12 00:06
Re: SP randomness from the mid-eighties
Author: Fizzboy7

All treasures!

Photo 1, how can we explain the fresh oil slicks in between all the rails at this particular spot? I know lots of power sits here waiting to depart, but something looks more funky than normal.

Last photo... could the B23-7 be shuttle power? Or were they throwing those on cross-country trips?



Date: 11/28/12 04:39
Re: SP randomness from the mid-eighties
Author: rrpreservation

Great stuff! Thanks for sharing your photos.

Daniel Quiat



Date: 11/28/12 06:31
Re: SP randomness from the mid-eighties
Author: CimaScrambler

Love it! Great stuff all around.

Kit Courter
Torrance, CA
LunarLight Photography



Date: 11/28/12 06:48
Re: SP randomness from the mid-eighties
Author: 3rdswitch

Excellent selection.
JB



Date: 11/28/12 07:35
Re: SP randomness from the mid-eighties
Author: DynamicBrake

A nice rainbow of colors, especially that first shot...thanks for the look back.

Kent in Carmel Valley



Date: 11/28/12 08:37
Re: SP randomness from the mid-eighties
Author: rehunn

If Pool Power were all that interesting somebody would have written a book about it!



Date: 11/28/12 09:24
Re: SP randomness from the mid-eighties
Author: needles_sub

rehunn Wrote:
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> If Pool Power were all that interesting somebody
> would have written a book about it!


I thought McMillan did a book on pool power.



Date: 11/28/12 09:43
Re: SP randomness from the mid-eighties
Author: tracktime

rehunn Wrote:
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> If Pool Power were all that interesting somebody
> would have written a book about it!

Four Ways West produced a book just on pool power a few years ago.

http://www.fourwayswest.com/id46.html

Cheers,
Harry



Date: 11/28/12 10:14
Re: SP randomness from the mid-eighties
Author: GRNDMND

rehunn Wrote:
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> If Pool Power were all that interesting somebody
> would have written a book about it!


Damn Rich...that's cold!

KC



Date: 11/28/12 12:18
Re: SP randomness from the mid-eighties
Author: WrongMain

Those are beautiful. Keep digging!



Date: 11/28/12 15:41
Re: SP randomness from the mid-eighties
Author: Mopac3240

No WAY is pool power bad. Love those pics keep them coming!! Yes, there was a book recently that Harry eluded to, and the Joe Shine 1988 SP roster book has a whole chapter devoted to pool power.
Chris



Date: 11/28/12 16:07
Re: SP randomness from the mid-eighties
Author: SP8595

Yes Pool is Cool and that is a Great lash-up in your first picture! Shot #5 is just plain Awesome. The mid-80's sure were Good times on the SP!



Date: 11/28/12 16:18
Re: SP randomness from the mid-eighties
Author: rehunn

For those of you who don't know, "oyw" is the author of the book being discussed.



Date: 11/28/12 16:57
Re: SP randomness from the mid-eighties
Author: DRGW

Very nice shots Bob, that first shot is just crazy! That was the SP at it's best.



Date: 11/28/12 17:50
Re: SP randomness from the mid-eighties
Author: billmeeker

A B23-7 leading a stack train? How radical is that!



Date: 11/28/12 18:22
Re: SP randomness from the mid-eighties
Author: rehunn

It's not radical at all in terms of SP LA, the shuttle runs between LA and
the Harbor frequently drew everything from sets of SD39's to the GP60 demos
to most anything.



Date: 11/28/12 22:03
Re: SP randomness from the mid-eighties
Author: pass2000

Great pics of the classic SP! Keep them coming at us..........



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