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Date: 09/15/20 14:51
Sacramento Northern F3A + WP F - A longer "Detour"
Author: E25

After looking at Alan Miller's great shot in Valmont's post below, I remembered that I caught the SN #301-D at the first light of a very hazy morning at Willbridge / Portland, OR in 1971.

Quite unusual power for a Seattle to Portland BN manifest inasmuch as the WP pooled units pretty much stayed with the #137 / #138 "Inside Gateway" trains.  A trailing SP&S ALCO RS-3 added a little more color to the consist.

Greg Stadter
Phoenix, AZ



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/15/20 15:50 by E25.




Date: 09/15/20 15:14
Re: Sacramento Northern F3A + WP F - A longer "Detour"
Author: dwatry

That's a spectacular photo. 



Date: 09/15/20 15:14
Re: Sacramento Northern F3A + WP F - A longer "Detour"
Author: ironmtn

To "valmont's" earlier post of the beautiful Sacramento Northern F3, I said:

ironmtn Wrote:
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> Wow! So, I'm just thinking....what are the chances
> I would ever see a Sacramento Northern (!) F3 (!!)
> in color (!!!!!)...and a stunning paint scheme I'd
> never seen (!!!!!!!!). Nope. Dream on. Couldn't
> possibly happen....
>
> Next thing you know I'll be looking for pigs to fly.

Well, the pigs have just taken off and are in flight.
Just a really,special image. Thanks for remembering that you had it, and for sharing it. Unbelievable.

MC



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Date: 09/15/20 15:26
Re: Sacramento Northern F3A + WP F - A longer "Detour"
Author: TCnR

Good stuff, lots of details to see in that photo as well as an unusual power set.
t4p.



Date: 09/15/20 15:43
Re: Sacramento Northern F3A + WP F - A longer "Detour"
Author: krm152

Definitely a super excellent and historic photo.
SN #301-D was ex-NYO&W #502.
Thanks for the great posting.
ALLEN
 



Date: 09/15/20 16:50
Re: Sacramento Northern F3A + WP F - A longer "Detour"
Author: Milwaukee

That was a real score to catch a SN F3A leading a train in Portland. Thanks for sharing your good fortune with us here.



Date: 09/15/20 17:40
Re: Sacramento Northern F3A + WP F - A longer "Detour"
Author: Hou74-76

dwatry Wrote:
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> That's a spectacular photo. 

Yes it is because it screams RAILROAD.  And the semaphores just make it better.  



Date: 09/15/20 17:50
Re: Sacramento Northern F3A + WP F - A longer "Detour"
Author: refarkas

A one-in-a-million catch!
Bob



Date: 09/15/20 18:21
Re: Sacramento Northern F3A + WP F - A longer "Detour"
Author: train1275

Truly a one in a million shot !
Ex NYO&W F-3 a long ways from the Catskill Mountains of New York State.

Any idea what month this was taken ?

That F-3 was not long for the world, retired May 1971?
Used by Western Pacific as trade in credit for WP 3537.

At least that is the info I have at hand.




Date: 09/15/20 18:37
Re: Sacramento Northern F3A + WP F - A longer "Detour"
Author: 567Chant

ANNND...
a TOFC sporting a monad.
...Lorenzo
 



Date: 09/15/20 20:21
Re: Sacramento Northern F3A + WP F - A longer "Detour"
Author: GN599

They were so power short then holding WP units "hostage" up here happened a lot. But rarely in such a spectacular fashion as this! The most common scenario was the WP would want their power turned back at Klamath Falls. But due to the increase in Inside Gateway traffic and BN's overall power shortage those obligations could not be met if they wanted to keep the trains running. Which we all know the BN-WP very much did in those days. 



Date: 09/15/20 21:13
Re: Sacramento Northern F3A + WP F - A longer "Detour"
Author: coach

This image is amazing.  It needs to be recognized as IMAGE OF THE YEAR !!!



Date: 09/15/20 21:59
Re: Sacramento Northern F3A + WP F - A longer "Detour"
Author: Super-C

Way beyond amazing shot !!!!!! . Thanks for posting. Chris



Date: 09/16/20 22:03
Re: Sacramento Northern F3A + WP F - A longer "Detour"
Author: zephyrus

WOW!



Date: 09/17/20 07:09
Re: Sacramento Northern F3A + WP F - A longer "Detour"
Author: PasadenaSub

Great photo!  Just goes to show that not every picture from the past has yet been seen by everyone.  So much out there in slide collections waiting to be scanned.

Rich



Date: 09/17/20 08:17
Re: Sacramento Northern F3A + WP F - A longer "Detour"
Author: M-420

In the lead, no less. 
Thank you for sharing this one. 

The blades are a nice touch as well. 



Date: 09/17/20 15:18
Re: Sacramento Northern F3A + WP F - A longer "Detour"
Author: atsf121

That is a spectacular photo for all of the reasons mentioned!

Posted from iPhone



Date: 09/17/20 19:16
Re: Sacramento Northern F3A + WP F - A longer "Detour"
Author: E25

Thanks for all of the nice comments. 'Good to know that my memory isn't totally shot, yet.  LOL

Thanks also to TO for the one month extension to my subscription.

I first spotted that train in Vancouver, WA while it was waiting for the Columbia Drawbridge to close. That gave me time to run over to Willbridge to catch it in better light.

Greg Stadter
Phoenix, AZ



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/17/20 19:19 by E25.



Date: 09/17/20 20:21
Re: Sacramento Northern F3A + WP F - A longer "Detour"
Author: RailRat

Very Spectacular Photo of my favorite Railroad (WP) paint scemes but with SN instead, so many other great things in this photo, including the territory it's in!

Jim Baker
Riverside, CA



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