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Date: 04/22/21 10:22
Christmas day 1965 SP102 Crockett
Author: cnw400

I was in the Army stationed in Petaluma, not much to do on Christmas day 1965, so took a little drive over to Crockett and caught The City of San Francisco, and took a couple shots of some of the cars.  Not the best pictures, but what the heck 55+ years ago








Date: 04/22/21 10:24
Re: Christmas day 1965 SP102 Crockett
Author: cnw400

A couple more shots.  








Date: 04/22/21 10:42
Re: Christmas day 1965 SP102 Crockett
Author: photobob

Any shots of the City of San Francisco are fine. Pray tell what was the Army doing in Petaluma in 1965? At that exact time I was stationed with the Army in Panama.

Robert Morris
Dunsmuir, CA
Robert Morris Photography



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/22/21 13:49 by photobob.



Date: 04/22/21 11:04
Re: Christmas day 1965 SP102 Crockett
Author: dan

brand new rpo!
all great shots
thank you



Date: 04/22/21 11:53
Re: Christmas day 1965 SP102 Crockett
Author: phthithu

Great shot CNW! Thanks for sharing. I've done a fair amount of Christmas Day railfanning myself.

I second Photobob's question about the Army in Petaluma. I'm guessing it might have to do with Nike Missiles installation somewhere?



Date: 04/22/21 12:06
Re: Christmas day 1965 SP102 Crockett
Author: Topfuel

Thank's for taking the car shots way back then. 

That's quite some superelevation there at Crocket. 



Date: 04/22/21 13:43
Re: Christmas day 1965 SP102 Crockett
Author: Steeleg8

Was it really Petaluma?  Or was it Two Rock Ranch Station.  Inside Army joke, you get it if you were in the Agency.



Date: 04/22/21 14:38
Re: Christmas day 1965 SP102 Crockett
Author: cnw400

Yep. It was Two Rock Ranch station. 



Date: 04/22/21 17:22
Re: Christmas day 1965 SP102 Crockett
Author: lynnpowell

What is the history of that UP RPO?



Date: 04/22/21 17:34
Re: Christmas day 1965 SP102 Crockett
Author: dan

10 RPO's built by Budd a couple years prior shown in as delivered paint, 8 of the 10 are now working for VIA after 1967 they were in UP mow service with green over the yellow areas, that faded then a decade or so  ago went up north.   What is neat it looks like it just grabbed a pouch, is there a person behind it?



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Date: 04/22/21 19:06
Re: Christmas day 1965 SP102 Crockett
Author: kurtarmbruster

A neat sequence, very useful at identifying the consist of this interesting train in its later years. The equipment indicates that SP is still trying to put a good face on its passenger service, even as it moves to terminate it. Also curious that at this time the 'City stopped at Berkeley (3 pm), Richmond (3:12), Crockett (3:33), and Martinez (3:47). Well, must've been worth it. (In 1948 it stopped only at Berkeley before Sact'o.) Thanks for sharing!



Date: 04/22/21 21:05
Re: Christmas day 1965 SP102 Crockett
Author: coach

I think the rail superelevation was higher back then, vs. today....



Date: 04/23/21 08:16
Re: SP102 Crockett
Author: timz

Offhand guess: allowed speed for passenger trains
is as high now as it was then.



Date: 04/23/21 08:35
Re: Christmas day 1965 SP102 Crockett
Author: ghCBNS

dan Wrote:
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> 10 RPO's built by Budd a couple years prior shown
> in as delivered paint, 8 of the 10 are now working
> for VIA

And to this day you can still see UNITED STATES MAIL RAILWAY POST OFFICE on the side.

In Baggage service on VIA's Ocean at Truro NS....and no the car is not that dirty. I tinted the photo to bring out the lettering.






Date: 04/23/21 08:44
Re: Christmas day 1965 SP102 Crockett
Author: 4451Puff

Steeleg8 Wrote:
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> Was it really Petaluma?  Or was it Two Rock Ranch
> Station.  Inside Army joke, you get it if you
> were in the Agency.

Our family ranch is about 10 minutes away from what is now "USCG Two Rock TRACEN". Incidentally, my father was in "The Agency", but never at Two Rock. He trained in New York, & spent his service time doing radio stuff in what at the time was West Germany.

Desmond Praetzel, "4451 Puff"



Date: 04/23/21 08:54
Re: Christmas day 1965 SP102 Crockett
Author: BuddPullman

One of the ex Union Pacific  Budd RPOs can be viewed at the RR museum in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  It is on display and still retains elements of it's configuration as an RPO, or least it did last time I saw it.



Date: 04/23/21 09:48
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Author: wabash2800

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Date: 04/23/21 10:14
Re: Christmas day 1965 SP102 Crockett
Author: BuddPullman

Here is a photo I took of the ex UP 5908 in 2005, Council Bluffs, IA. 

Hu




Date: 04/23/21 12:18
Re: Christmas day 1965 SP102 Crockett
Author: TCnR

Interesting follow up on yet another Bay Area Military base. We had been told the assets had been turned over to the cattle ranch. Looking at Google it looks more like a grow site. But it appears the CG is making use of an active base.

Interesting photos as well.

+ Wow, even more info:
http://www.militarymuseum.org/cgtc.html

> -----
> > Was it really Petaluma?  Or was it Two Rock
> Ranch
> > Station.  Inside Army joke, you get it if you
> > were in the Agency.
>
> Our family ranch is about 10 minutes away from
> what is now "USCG Two Rock TRACEN". Incidentally,
> my father was in "The Agency", but never at Two
> Rock. He trained in New York, & spent his service
> time doing radio stuff in what at the time was
> West Germany.
>
> Desmond Praetzel, "4451 Puff"



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/23/21 12:21 by TCnR.



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