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Unknown Date in 1972, by location

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Photos taken, or thought to be taken, in 1972. Specific Date Unknown.

 

Arizona

Phoenix, AZ

SSW 3642 EMD GP9, SP Class EF418C-1

SSW 3642 in Phoenix, AZ
Cotton Belt GP9 3642 sits in the sun in Phoenix, AZ on an unknown day in May 1972. I got this in trade and I wish I knew who the photographer of this was. I think it is a fellow named "Jerry". If it is yours, please let me know.

California

Indio, CA

Power Pool

SSW 3644 EMD GP9, SP Class EF418C-1

SSW 3644 in Indio
Southern Pacific subsidiary Cotton Belt GP9 3644 is in Indio, CA with an SP GP30 in May 1972. This slide looks better in black and white than any color correction I could do to try to fix it.
  • Photo of SSW 3644 in Indio
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide II 5.1011, Scan 2011030902.4v2

Martinez, CA

SP Main Line

Ozol

SP 2632 EMD SW1500

SP 2632 at night
Southern Pacific SW1500 2632 sits in the dark at Ozol Yard in Martinez, California as a freight passes behind on an unknown date in November 1972.
  • Photo of SP 2632
    Analog Image, Ektachrome Slide 5.501, Scan 2010101501.36

Port Chicago, CA

SP Mococo Line

SP Depot

SP 1206 Alco S6

1206 in Port Chicago with my dad
My dad, Southern Pacific Western Division Engineer Lloyd D. Sloan, poses at the throttle of SP Alco S6 1206 at Port Chicago, CA in August, 1972. I was 16 when I took this photo on Wards Film. It had color shifted terribly and I thought the image was lost. Thank You Photoshop!
  • Photo of 1206
    Analog Image, Ward's Film Slide 5.125, Scan 2010092601.1

Oakland, CA

West Oakland

Likely West Oakland Yard

SP 1841 Alco S4

SP 1841
Southern Pacific 1955 built Alco S4 1841 in 1972, location not recorded, likely Oakland, CA.
  • Photo of SP 1841
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.309, Scan 2010101101.3
Glasshouse Yard

SP 1775 Alco S2

1775 in West Oakland
Southern Pacific Alco S2 1775 in 1972 in West Oakland, CA. Taken in the Glasshouse Yard and near the mail dock in the coach yard.
  • Photo of SP 1775
    Analog Images, Kodachrome Slide 5.253, Scan 2010100901.1
  • Photo of front angle
    Kodachrome Slide 5.252, Scan 2010100901.2
Homestead Yard

SP 1780 Alco S2

1780 in Homestead Yard
Southern Pacific Alco S2 1780 at the Homestead Yard, West Oakland, CA date not recorded, may be 1972 or 1973.
  • Photo of 1780
    Analog Image, Ektachrome Professional E3 (120) 5.254, Scan 2010100101.2

SP 3740 EMD GP9R, SP Class EF418-7

SP 3740 in Oakland
Freshly rebuilt Southern Pacific GP9R 3740 leads the 3741 at the West Oakland Homestead Yard in late October 1972.
Desert Yard

SP 1842 Alco S4

1842 in the Desert Yard
On a warm day in Oakland's Desert Yard on an unknown date in 1972, a switchman spreads his arms in a big easy sign as Southern Pacific Alco S4 1842 shoves on a cut of cars.
  • Photo of SP 1842
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.285, Scan 2010100101.1

San Francisco, CA

Bayshore Yard

SP 3515 EMD GP9, SP Class EF418-6

SP 3515 in Bayshore Yard
On an unrecorded date in October 1972 Southern Pacific GP9 3515 is in Bayshore Yard, San Francisco, CA.

Roseville

SP 3822 EMD SD9, SP Class EF618-1 "Huff"

SP 3822 in Roseville
In November 1972 Southern Pacific Boiler Equipped SD9 3822 is waiting for a call to snow fighting service over Donner Pass in Roseville, CA.

San Jose, CA

San Jose photos are here

These are photos taken on an unknown date in 1972 in San Jose, CA.


Stockton, CA

SP 3553 EMD GP9, SP Class EF418-6

SP 3553 in Stockton
Southern Pacific 3553, former T&NO 431, leads an SD45 at E. Scotts Ave. on an unknown date in Stockton, CA in November 1972.

Tracy, CA

SP Yard

Engine Terminal

SP 3711 EMD GP9, SP Class EF418-9

SP 3711 in Tracy
SP GP9’s 3711, 3658 and an SD45T-2 sit near the engine house in Tracy, CA on an unknown date in October 1972.
  • Photo of SP 3711 in Tracy
    Analog Photo Kodachrome Slide 5.1052, Scan 2014052501ph.2

Oregon

Eugene, OR

SP Line

Turntable

SP 1865 Baldwin DS-4-4-1000/6, Class BS410-4

1865 in Eugene
Southern Pacific Baldwin DS-4-4-1000/6 1865 is sitting on the whisker's at Eugene, Oregon on an unknown day in the summer of 1972.
  • Photo of SP 1865
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.320, Scan 2010101101.1

SP 2128 Baldwin S12, SP Class BS412-3

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

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 5161 ALCo RSD15 DL600B, SP Class AS624-1

SP 5161 in Eugene
Southern Pacific ALCo DL600B 5161 is working in Eugene yard in on an unrecorded date in August 1972.

SP 5162 ALCo RSD15 DL600B, SP Class AS624-1

SP 5162 in Eugene
Southern Pacific ALCo DL600B 5162 is waiting for work in Eugene yard in on an unrecorded date in August 1972.

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