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Date: 07/05/20 20:54
Freight on the Peninsula (San Francisco to Redwood City)
Author: phthithu

PSR-induced changes to UP operations in the broad strokes: South City Switcher and Broadway abolished. New local instituted that runs MWF to Redwood City and Tu and Th north to San Francisco. Mission Bay now runs out of Warm Springs over the Warm Springs sub and up the peninsula in the early evening. They run to either Redwood City or South San Francisco. Often the local will leave its Redwood City pulls at the Redwood City yard and head back to South San Francisco light engines. 

1: the Mission Bay's train spotted where it's train used to be spotted by the switcher. The switcher pulls cars out of here from the San Bruno end of the yard
2: the local getting to work, running under the signal bridge that is not long for this world
3: Headed down to the Airport Blvd underpass to make up their train for Redwood City








Date: 07/05/20 20:57
Re: Freight on the Peninsula (San Francisco to Redwood City)
Author: phthithu

4: South San Francisco industrial park no longer sees trains as this view of the entrance ot the park shows
5: up by CP Sierra ready to shove onto the main
6: after pulling into Redwood City yard, they quickly shove onto Chestnut St. through this private ROW alley








Date: 07/05/20 20:59
Re: Freight on the Peninsula (San Francisco to Redwood City)
Author: phthithu

7:Hectic Chestnut St. 
8: Arriving at the runaround track at the Port. They'll drop some tank cars here and then switch Cemex
9: Inside the Cemex facility








Date: 07/05/20 21:00
Re: Freight on the Peninsula (San Francisco to Redwood City)
Author: phthithu

10: Coming out of the Port
11: Heading back to Redwood City yard 
12: About to come onto Chestnut St. with 101 overcrossing behind them








Date: 07/05/20 21:02
Re: Freight on the Peninsula (San Francisco to Redwood City)
Author: phthithu

Here's a view of the San Francisco Bay Railway yard. The tallow processor has started shipping by rail again after a long hiatus. 




Date: 07/05/20 21:02
Re: Freight on the Peninsula (San Francisco to Redwood City)
Author: czuleget

Are they still hauling dirty dir from Hunters point. 
 



Date: 07/05/20 21:14
Re: Freight on the Peninsula (San Francisco to Redwood City)
Author: FiestaFoamer

Cool shots. I researched it some time ago, and I think UP 1131 is the only one of that first batch of SP 9600 GP60s to retain its nose light. (There might have been one other, but I don't think so.) An unusual find for sure.



Date: 07/05/20 22:03
Re: Freight on the Peninsula (San Francisco to Redwood City)
Author: ble692

FiestaFoamer Wrote:
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> Cool shots. I researched it some time ago, and I
> think UP 1131 is the only one of that first batch
> of SP 9600 GP60s to retain its nose light. (There
> might have been one other, but I don't think so.)
> An unusual find for sure.

There are still two out there...

UP 1131, originally SP 9606
UP 1064, originally SP 9607

SP 9606 in the use for which it was purchased
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=3289630

UP 1064
https://www.railpictures.net/photo/740135/



Date: 07/05/20 22:10
Re: Freight on the Peninsula (San Francisco to Redwood City)
Author: SCUfoamer

Nice work. I like the BW and the last one at the South SF RR that handles the dirt. I need to get up there and shoot it one of these days. 



Date: 07/05/20 22:17
Re: Freight on the Peninsula (San Francisco to Redwood City)
Author: alex14ramos

Nice series! Is the DRGW caboose still at South City?

Take Care,
Alex Ramos 



Date: 07/05/20 22:21
Re: Freight on the Peninsula (San Francisco to Redwood City)
Author: phthithu

SCUfoamer Wrote:
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> Nice work. I like the BW and the last one at the
> South SF RR that handles the dirt. I need to get
> up there and shoot it one of these days. 

Thanks! I think they run early in the morning. Used to see them in the afternoons 2014-15 but I don't think that happens anymore. 



Date: 07/05/20 22:22
Re: Freight on the Peninsula (San Francisco to Redwood City)
Author: phthithu

alex14ramos Wrote:
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> Nice series! Is the DRGW caboose still at South
> City?
>
> Take Care,
> Alex Ramos 

Thanks! Yes still there. I passed a shot of them moving it around the yard, thinking they would be taking it with to Redwood City but unfortunately no. Darn!



Date: 07/05/20 23:56
Re: Freight on the Peninsula (San Francisco to Redwood City)
Author: EricSP

ble692 Wrote:
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> FiestaFoamer Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Cool shots. I researched it some time ago, and
> I
> > think UP 1131 is the only one of that first
> batch
> > of SP 9600 GP60s to retain its nose light.
> (There
> > might have been one other, but I don't think
> so.)
> > An unusual find for sure.
>
> There are still two out there...
>
> UP 1131, originally SP 9606
> UP 1064, originally SP 9607
>
> SP 9606 in the use for which it was purchased
> http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?
> id=3289630
>
> UP 1064
> https://www.railpictures.net/photo/740135/

How did UP decide on the new numbers? I would think they would be consecutively numbered.



Date: 07/06/20 02:58
Re: Freight on the Peninsula (San Francisco to Redwood City)
Author: Evan_Werkema

EricSP Wrote:

> How did UP decide on the new numbers? I would
> think they would be consecutively numbered.

Ever since the UP-SP merger, UP has struggled to free-up large enough blocks of four-digit road numbers to put all of one model in a continuous series.  Units get renumbered out of sequence when their sequential number in the new series is still occupied by another locomotive waiting to be renumbered to its new series, or to fill gaps left by wreck retirements.  The 1000's and 1100's were occupied by SW1500's and GP38-2's before the GP60's got to them, and it's their third number series since the merger.



Date: 07/06/20 03:30
Re: Freight on the Peninsula (San Francisco to Redwood City)
Author: FiestaFoamer

OK, right, thanks!

ble692 Wrote:
> There are still two out there...
>
> UP 1131, originally SP 9606
> UP 1064, originally SP 9607
>
> SP 9606 in the use for which it was purchased
> http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?
> id=3289630
>
> UP 1064
> https://www.railpictures.net/photo/740135/



Date: 07/06/20 07:37
Re: Freight on the Peninsula (San Francisco to Redwood City)
Author: wpdude

What is that monstrosity being built in the background in downtown SSF?



Date: 07/06/20 08:56
Re: Freight on the Peninsula (San Francisco to Redwood City)
Author: PasadenaSub

Great set of photos.  B&W is a good way to deal with the harsh summer shadows.

Rich



Date: 07/06/20 08:59
Re: Freight on the Peninsula (San Francisco to Redwood City)
Author: TonyJ

Thanks for the images. As an old fart I can't help but compare your photos with how I remember The City and the peninsula of the 1950s-1970.



Date: 07/06/20 09:59
Re: Freight on the Peninsula (San Francisco to Redwood City)
Author: PHall

wpdude Wrote:
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> What is that monstrosity being built in the
> background in downtown SSF?

Appears to be apartments to me.



Date: 07/06/20 10:07
Re: Freight on the Peninsula (San Francisco to Redwood City)
Author: phthithu

wpdude Wrote:
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> What is that monstrosity being built in the
> background in downtown SSF?

Apartment building going up between the railroad and Airport Blvd. There has been a lot of tall apartment buildings going up around the station on the west side of the tracks over past few years. Really changed the skyline of SSF. 



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