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Date: 09/17/23 05:40
Those Roseville nights!
Author: santafe199

My apologies if this thread title is misleading. I’ve never actually been anywhere close to Roseville. In fact, I’ve never been anywhere in the Golden State other than on Cajon & at the Amtrak depot in San Berdoo. But I thought it would sound good while showcasing some of Jim Watson’s night time, tripod work. He didn’t shoot at night very often, but he certainly knew what he was doing. I really don’t know much about SP power, so you SP experts feel free to tack on some info if you wish...

1. SP 4008 on October 10, 1972.

2. SP 9219 on June 1, 1972.

3. SP 9228, also on June 1, 1972.
3 original Ektachrome slides taken in Roseville, CA  by James W. Watson.

Thanks for looking back!
Lance Garrels
santafe199
Remembering the late Jim Watson, aka ‘UP6900’








Date: 09/17/23 06:47
Re: Those Roseville nights!
Author: texchief1

Those are some super shots, Lance!  That last one is to die for.  

texchief1



Date: 09/17/23 08:26
Re: Those Roseville nights!
Author: Ritzville

Excellent looking SP night shots, especially #1.

Larry



Date: 09/17/23 08:50
Re: Those Roseville nights!
Author: DD40

Number 2 is great! Has a certain feel to it, I can sense the idling units muffled by the night. 



Date: 09/17/23 08:52
Re: Those Roseville nights!
Author: goldcoast

I agree, that third photo is first rate.  Thanks for sharing.



Date: 09/17/23 10:22
Re: Those Roseville nights!
Author: AlcoRSD15

Wow, these are wonderful.  Thanks for posting.  - Eric B



Date: 09/17/23 10:29
Re: Those Roseville nights!
Author: Notch7

awesome night shots.  thanks for posting.



Date: 09/17/23 12:55
Re: Those Roseville nights!
Author: coach

When the new SD-45T-2's ruled supreme on the SP.  Those were great engines.  I remember the sounds of them idling at night, or revving up and roaring out of a stop while hauling a long line of reefers, or flying eastbound into Oakland, and not hitting the brakes to slow down until right before Jack London Square with the "Salad Bowl Express".  SP was hustling back then, and speed limits seemed higher, too.



Date: 09/17/23 14:41
Re: Those Roseville nights!
Author: pwh

Photo 1 is an ALCO 2000hp  RS32. There were 10 of them. NYC was the only other buyer of this model..



Date: 09/17/23 20:10
Re: Those Roseville nights!
Author: GN599

Fabulous stuff! #3 could is definitely a stunner! Would have been a fine image to grace the cover of the SP Bulletin.



Date: 09/17/23 20:37
Re: Those Roseville nights!
Author: tehachapifan

These are awesome!!!

Posted from iPhone



Date: 09/18/23 12:51
Re: Those Roseville nights!
Author: sp3204

Memories! A few years after these pictures were taken I was working regular midnight hostling jobs in Roseville. The Alcos were gone then but the 45T's were regular visitors. That he got in there for these pictures amazes me, glad people were looking the other way.



Date: 09/18/23 15:35
Re: Those Roseville nights!
Author: Betsy

sp3204 Wrote:
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> That he got in there
> for these pictures amazes me, glad people were
> looking the other way.

At that time, it was pretty common to just drive in there, get out of the car, take some photos, and drive out.  Sometimes out between the servicing towers and out on to Church Street.  Just act like you were supposed to be there.  At most, you'd usually just get asked to leave if anybody noticed.  Of course, setting up a tripod to take night photos is a whole different ballgame!  David Ingles once mused in Trains "does any other railroad assemble so many high-horsepower EMDs in one place at once?"  It was quite the sight, and sound.  Thanks so much for sharing these Lance, though the reminder of how many years ago all that was is just a bit less welcome!

Elizabeth



Date: 09/18/23 16:15
Re: Those Roseville nights!
Author: santafe199

Betsy Wrote: > ... though the reminder of how many years ago all that was is just a bit less welcome!

Oh my, I hear that!!! In my never-ending scanning chores I'll occasionally dip into my own collection for a short burst. More & more I'm finding slides I just don't remember shooting. Compounded with the knowledge that most of then are now 40+ years old... :^(

Lance/199



Date: 09/18/23 18:02
Re: Those Roseville nights!
Author: tehachapifan

I only recently got another look at these on my PC vs. just my phone. Yep, truly stunning photos! And number 3 is just screaming to become a screen background!



Date: 09/18/23 18:56
Re: Those Roseville nights!
Author: santafe199

tehachapifan Wrote: > ... And number 3 is just screaming to become a screen background!

My late friend Jim is smiling!

:^)



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