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Date: 04/26/16 16:38
UP/SP West Oakland:Is the Tower still there?
Author: spider1319

From an Eckachrome slide taken in 2003(I usually shot Kodachrome) the Yardmasters Tower is pictured below.Typical of SP yard towers I am wondering if it is still there.I am betting it's not.I have not been back in a few years so just wondering.Bill Webb 




Date: 04/26/16 16:56
Re: UP/SP West Oakland:Is the Tower still there?
Author: Railbaron

As of October 30, 2015, Google Earth shows it still being there.

Update: The last time I saw that view, or one very similar, would have been in late 1987 or early 1988 before transferring to Oregon. Lots of things changed between then and 2003 for this photo and even more between then and 2015. 



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/26/16 19:54 by Railbaron.



Date: 04/26/16 20:45
Re: UP/SP West Oakland:Is the Tower still there?
Author: EtoinShrdlu

West Oakland (interlocking) Tower was torn down about 20 years ago. The pic is of the yardmaster's tower, which never really had the name "West Oakland Tower".



Date: 04/26/16 20:58
Re: UP/SP West Oakland:Is the Tower still there?
Author: Railbaron

EtoinShrdlu Wrote:
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> West Oakland (interlocking) Tower was torn down
> about 20 years ago. The pic is of the yardmaster's
> tower, which never really had the name "West
> Oakland Tower".

But it was West Oakland Yard and he was asking if the tower shown was still there, not specifically West Oakland (Interlocking) Tower.



Date: 04/27/16 06:22
Re: UP/SP West Oakland:Is the Tower still there?
Author: VicNeves

Yard master tower was often referred to as the glass house, as shown in the pix. The interlocking tower was leveled over 15 years ago.

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Date: 04/27/16 07:43
Re: UP/SP West Oakland:Is the Tower still there?
Author: spider1319

Thanks for the replies. Since the yardmasters tower is still standing at West Oakland does anyone know if it is still occupied by a yardmaster? These yard towers seem to have fallen out of favor due to the widespread use of cameras and the "dangers" of traversing the long stairs.Bill Webb



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Date: 04/27/16 07:53
Re: UP/SP West Oakland:Is the Tower still there?
Author: obsessedfoamer

Yes the tower is still occupied. I've rumors it is on short time.

PT



Date: 04/27/16 11:15
Re: UP/SP West Oakland:Is the Tower still there?
Author: cpn456

spider1319 Wrote:
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> Thanks for the replies. Since the yardmasters
> tower is still standing at West Oakland does
> anyone know if it is still occupied by a
> yardmaster? These yard towers seem to have fallen
> out of favor due to the widespread use of cameras
> and the "dangers" of traversing the long
> stairs.Bill Webb

Most are not accessible for wheelchairs or other handicap issues either which is required in most businesses now days.



Date: 04/27/16 21:05
Re: UP/SP West Oakland:Is the Tower still there?
Author: EtoinShrdlu

The Glass House was over left about where that brown portable building is. Never heard the tower called either name when I worked there.



Date: 04/27/16 22:40
Re: UP/SP West Oakland:Is the Tower still there?
Author: srlawton

Is that the 39 Lead? 



Date: 04/30/16 10:47
Re: UP/SP West Oakland:Is the Tower still there?
Author: ble692

srlawton Wrote:
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> Is that the 39 Lead? 

The 539 is on the 40 lead. The photo was taken from something on the 50 lead. The 60 lead is to the right. And the 70 had been in the dirt area farther to the right.



Date: 04/30/16 22:17
Re: UP/SP West Oakland:Is the Tower still there?
Author: EtoinShrdlu

When I worked there, the 40 lead was to the left of the tower, and track the engines are sitting on was the inbound freight lead, then the five-oh, six-o, even-o, and tie pile. The TP is gone, and it looks like the 7-0 is pretty much gone too.



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