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Date: 07/31/20 17:00
Four Santa Fe Gators on a WB on the Tehap.
Author: Barstool

Every once in a while three and some times four gators would be M.Ued together and you would be lucky enought to be there when it happened, here 9812 leads a four unit team of renumbered gators into the 9800 group on a WB...And the chase was on only be be blocked by a jack knifed truck wich caught fire and blocked the freeway and the chase was over... On my many trips to the Tehap's, it was possible to see two and three gators mixed with SD24's and later GP30 and 35'.s..As soon as the 
SD40's and SD45's arrived, you saw fewer and fewer Gators in road service.








Date: 07/31/20 17:29
Re: Four Santa Fe Gators on a WB on the Tehap.
Author: refarkas

You caught them in great locations making these images even better.
Bob



Date: 07/31/20 17:55
Re: Four Santa Fe Gators on a WB on the Tehap.
Author: santafe199

Outstanding piece of SFe history! And in a classic Super C lash-up, as well. I'm gonna have to stare at these images for a while............

:^)



Date: 07/31/20 18:15
Re: Four Santa Fe Gators on a WB on the Tehap.
Author: bakersfielddave

date.... would that be around 1971 1972  i  can recall them in that era too across the hills



Date: 07/31/20 19:06
Re: Four Santa Fe Gators on a WB on the Tehap.
Author: Ritzville

Thanks for an interesting series!

Larry



Date: 07/31/20 20:27
Re: Four Santa Fe Gators on a WB on the Tehap.
Author: DD40

bakersfielddave Wrote:
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> date.... would that be around 1971 1972  i  can
> recall them in that era too across the hills

I think you're right, look at the newish BN boxcars. This makes me reset my internal calendar as I thought the gators were gone by then.



Date: 07/31/20 22:53
Re: Four Santa Fe Gators on a WB on the Tehap.
Author: E25

Those are really nice shots of the 'Gators in their iconic habitat, George. 

I recall seeing the 4-unit sets running between Barstow and Bakersfield up through the spring of 1973, but not after that.

Greg Stadter
Phoenix, AZ



Date: 08/01/20 08:20
Re: Four Santa Fe Gators on a WB on the Tehap.
Author: SP8595

Awesome catch and shots!



Date: 08/01/20 11:01
Re: Four Santa Fe Gators on a WB on the Tehap.
Author: PasadenaSub

Historic and sharp set of photos of the RSD15s on Tehachapi!

Rich



Date: 08/01/20 14:24
Re: Four Santa Fe Gators on a WB on the Tehap.
Author: randgust

They were renumbered from the 800's to the 9800's 1969-1970, so that dates it as well.



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