Southern Pacific

SP 2128, Baldwin S12

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I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them. The Southern Pacific railroad will always be my favorite railroad!

SP and its subsidiaries

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SP 2101 Baldwin S12, SP Class B412-1

Built as SP 1443. Shipped Jan. 31, 1951 retired Dec. 19, 1973. According to Strapac, Class B412-1 was erected by Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton but only the last 8 units were shipped with B-L-H builders plates.
2101 in Eugene
Southern Pacific Baldwin S12 2101 is working in Eugene, Oregon. Date not recorded, likely summer 1973.
  • Photo of SP 2101
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.322, Scan 2010101201.1

SP 2110 Baldwin S12, SP Class B412-1

Built as SP 1453. Shipped Feb. 22, 1951 and retired July 30, 1973.
2110 in Eugene
Southern Pacific Baldwin S12 2110 in Eugene, Oregon. Date not recorded, likely summer 1973.
  • Photo of SP 2110
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.329, Scan 2010101201.2

SP 2120 Baldwin S12, SP Class BS412-1

Built as SP 1463, shipped April 24, 1951, retired Feb 19, 1974. To Purdy Metals.
2120 in Eugene
Southern Pacific Baldwin S12 2120 rests between assignments on an unknown date in Eugene, Oregon in July, 1973.
  • Photo of SP 2120
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.338, Scan 2010101201.3

SP 2128 Baldwin S12, SP Class BS412-3

Built as SP 1494, shipped Oct. 31, 1952, retired Nov. 20, 1972. To GE/Chrome Crankshaft, to Koppel Bulk Terminal 76 which became AGREX 76. June 1988 to Metropolitan Stevedore reportedly number 1, scrapped in November 1995.
Two views of SP 2128 in Eugene
Southern Pacific 2128 in Eugene, Oregon on an unknown date in the summer of 1972. The Baldwin apparently brushed pretty close to something judging by the cab damage.

Too crop or not to crop, that is the question. I am making these decisions on the photos I am scanning all the time. When I first took the photos I often shot further back. I only had a "normal" lens. Later, I thought of these photos as being flawed, as being too far away. Now, the loose cropping has provided something I had not thought of as being important then. That is, context.

Looking back on these photos I see them now as environmental portraits. The great photographer Brian Baer used to call environmental portraits of people, "mug shots with a wide angle lens." That's what these are, only with locomotives. They show the locomotive in it's world. They are kind of like static action shots.

Southern Pacific 2128 in Eugene, Oregon in the summer of 1972. The Baldwin isn't the only thing historical in this photo. All the roadnames on the boxcars shown here are gone too.
  • Photo of SP 2128
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.341, Scan 2010101201.4
  • Cropped photo of SP 2128
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.341, Scan 2010101201.4

SP 2134 Baldwin S12, SP Class BS412-3

Built Dec. 1952 as SP SP1502. Retired Aug. 15, 1973 sold Dec. 73 to Purdy Metals.
SP 2134 in Eugene
Southern Pacific Baldwin S12 2134 at the west (south) end of the yard in Eugene on an unknown date in the summer of 1972.
  • Photo of SP 2134
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.346, Scan 2010101201.5

SP 2150 Baldwin S12, SP Class BS412-4

Built Sep. 1953 as SP 1544. Retired June 1974 sold to Chrome Crankshaft. Resold to Kerr-McGee 100, renumbered to 844. Donated Sep. 1990 to Orange Empire Railway Museum.
2150 at Taylor
"Frank's Office" is written in chalk over the door of the 2150. The Baldwin S12 was captured on December 28, 1973 in Taylor Yard, Los Angeles, California.

On trainorders, 10/15/10, rehunn said, "2150,2154 and 2157 were the "J" yard switchers right up to the end of the use of the Baldwins.

On trainorders, miralomarail said, "During the 90's we had a former S.P. employee working at Amtrak in LA, Ca. His name was Frank, and had heard about " His Office "

On Altamont Press OPRRMS said, "Possibly refers to Frank Watkins, who was the engineer on 7:59 AM yard job at River Station (a.k.a., the Links) during the early Seventies. The S-12s were quite common at that yard. Frank was a very nice gentleman and well-liked by everyone."

  • Photo of SP 2150
    Analog Image, Ektachrome Slide 5.360, Scan 2010101201.6

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