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Date: 04/08/21 09:01
35 Thursday - Train #374 Burlingame, California, 1967
Author: FiveChime

Each weekday evening during most of 1967, I'd take my dad's car for a short ride to the Burlingame, California Station to
watch Train #374 the Coast Piggyback. It could be depended on to pass at exactly 8 PM running at high speed down the 
SP commute line. The late afternoon Train #372 and 374 usually ran with LA Division GP35s, U25Bs, GP30s, GP20s, or
GP9s. But, in 1967 and 1968 these trains ran with huge blocks of LA Passenger Pool FP7s or F7 units. 
I'll post a Don Hansen photo of one of those trains tomorrow.
As I recall, on Friday evenings Train #374 was often short with only one unit like pictured. Near the end of it's operation,
the train often ran with only a few cars from San Francisco but more were added at San Jose.

Regards, Jim Evans



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/08/21 09:02 by FiveChime.




Date: 04/08/21 11:04
Re: 35 Thursday - Train #374 Burlingame, California, 1967
Author: WAF

It was cheaper to rubber tire the traiklers from Mission Bay to West Oak pig ramp by 1969. 372 met a similar fate



Date: 04/08/21 13:08
Re: 35 Thursday - Train #374 Burlingame, California, 1967
Author: ExStarlightHog

This is prior to June I see since the train number is still displayed.  Seven to ten years later I worked #374 many times from the Homestead down to WJct. where we had a "zipper" change on the main line in front of the yard office.  Lot's of SD45's used on it then.  No class lights.  Ran first class on timetable authority.  Usually a large pick up at Warm Springs.  All gone now.   



Date: 04/08/21 14:02
Re: 35 Thursday - Train #374 Burlingame, California, 1967
Author: WAF

374 was still on the timecard as first class until about 1978. 373 came off sooner in 1975 when its traffic moved over to the WCOAF



Date: 04/08/21 16:01
Re: 35 Thursday - Train #374 Burlingame, California, 1967
Author: FiveChime

Must of came out of Oakland shortly after 1969 or schedule from SF was drastically changed.

Regards, Jim



Date: 04/08/21 16:33
Re: 35 Thursday - Train #374 Burlingame, California, 1967
Author: WAF

FiveChime Wrote:
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> Must of came out of Oakland shortly after 1969 or
> schedule from SF was drastically changed.
>
> Regards, Jim
In 1970, the Oakland CME 336 was annulled and 374 added. 374 was annulled in SF-SJ in August, 1970. 335 Annulled and 373 replaced it SJ-OA and 373 annulled SJ-SF in August 1970



Date: 04/08/21 17:24
Re: 35 Thursday - Train #374 Burlingame, California, 1967
Author: Milwaukee

That's a healthy train for a lone GP35.   I'm amazed at what the SP was willing to run in California with just one unit in the 60's.   That philosophy seems to have gone away by the early 70's for the most part.  



Date: 04/09/21 07:19
Re: 35 Thursday - Train #374 Burlingame, California, 1967
Author: WAF

SP ran trains to tonnage rating, not maintaining speed



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