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Date: 02/27/21 03:25
Not Every Steam Train In This Country Had This To Deal With!
Author: LoggerHogger

The desert climate of the Owens Valley in Eastern California was certainly known for it extremes in heat and cold.  However, another of it's claim to fame for steam crews during the days that the Slim Princess ran was the periodic dust storms that would kick up.  We see just such an event in 1954 while Southern Pacific #9 tries to outrun a dust storm with her short train bound for Keeler.

Let's hope they missed getting hit with this one.

Martin



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 02/27/21 09:02 by LoggerHogger.




Date: 02/27/21 07:36
Re: Not Every Steam Train In This Country Had This To Deal With!
Author: tomstp

Are those refers behind the engine?



Date: 02/27/21 07:39
Re: Not Every Steam Train In This Country Had This To Deal With!
Author: Evan_Werkema

tomstp Wrote:

> Are those refers behind the engine?

No, just boxcars.



Date: 02/27/21 09:00
Re: Not Every Steam Train In This Country Had This To Deal With!
Author: ExStarlightHog

Is "Slimp" a typo?  I've heard of the Slim Princess.  Wasn't that the SP narrow gauge? 



Date: 02/27/21 09:10
Re: Not Every Steam Train In This Country Had This To Deal With!
Author: coach

Such a perfect photo showing the mystique of this line.........



Date: 02/27/21 11:15
Re: Not Every Steam Train In This Country Had This To Deal With!
Author: PHall

ExStarlightHog Wrote:
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> Is "Slimp" a typo?  I've heard of the Slim
> Princess.  Wasn't that the SP narrow gauge? 

Yes.



Date: 02/27/21 11:17
Re: Not Every Steam Train In This Country Had This To Deal With!
Author: PHall

If you listen to the folks who live in the Owens Valley, they didn't have the dust storms before the City of Los Angeles stole "their" water when they built the Los Angeles Aqueduct.



Date: 02/27/21 16:29
Re: Not Every Steam Train In This Country Had This To Deal With!
Author: MojaveBill

We moved to Mojave from near Bakersfield in 1948 due to dust storms caused by farmers plowing
up land south of there. Worst dust storms I have ever seen, including here in the desert. Dust was killing
my Dad who lived to a ripe old age out here away from all the crud in the San Joaquin Valley which
is still a mess.

Bill Deaver
Mojave, CA



Date: 02/27/21 18:21
Re: Not Every Steam Train In This Country Had This To Deal With!
Author: wpamtk

MojaveBill Wrote:
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> We moved to Mojave from near Bakersfield in 1948
> due to dust storms caused by farmers plowing
> up land south of there. Worst dust storms I have
> ever seen, including here in the desert. Dust was
> killing
> my Dad who lived to a ripe old age out here away
> from all the crud in the San Joaquin Valley which
> is still a mess.

Bakersfield--the only place I've ever seen it rain mud.



Date: 03/02/21 07:01
Re: Not Every Steam Train In This Country Had This To Deal With!
Author: atsf121

Great photo, lots of stuff to enjoy! And I would be racing that dust storm as fast as they little engine could go.

As for dust storms in Bakersfield, I remember my Dad telling us stories about them when we would visit my grandparents. Never saw one there. But did get caught in a giant one at the Phoenix airport which delayed my flight home! Will never forget watching it come in and the sitting on the taxiway hours. It felt especially long since it was the last leg of my flight home after being out of the country for two years.

Nathan

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Date: 03/02/21 17:24
Re: Not Every Steam Train In This Country Had This To Deal With!
Author: ns1000

Interesting pic...



Date: 03/02/21 18:00
Re: Not Every Steam Train In This Country Had This To Deal With!
Author: wabash2800

I remember experiencing one in El Paso, Texas while training for a DOD job in 1986. I had a room overlooking the SP freight yard thanks to a classmate that offered to switch rooms with me and loaned out his binoculars! I also remember seeing a rainbow following a rain that reportedly was rare for El Paso. 
Click here for photos posted here some years ago: A Room With a View--El Paso TX in 1986 (trainorders.com)


Victor A. Baird
http://www.erstwhilepublications.com



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 03/04/21 08:44 by wabash2800.



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