1973

ATSF Alco S2 2329

Unknown day in 1973

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Various photos, taken or thought to be taken in (or around) 1973, by location. Precise date not known.

Colton, CA

West Colton

Power Pool

SP 2971 EMD SD38-2, SP Class ES620-1

SP 2971 in West Colton
Southern Pacific SD38-2 2971 is in the power pool at West Colton, California on an unrecorded date in November, 1973.

SP 2973 EMD SD38-2, SP Class ES620-1

West Colton and SP 2973
Southern Pacific SD38-2 2973 is part of a set at West Colton, California on an unrecorded date in November, 1973.

SP 3152 Alco C630, SP Class AS630-1

SP 3152 in Nov. '73
Southern Pacific Alco C630s 3153 and 3152 are on a drag going under Pepper Ave. in West Colton, CA on an unrecorded date in Nov. 1973.
  • Photo of SP 3152 in Nov. '73
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.751, Scan 2010120501.6

SP 3153 Alco C630, SP Class AS630-1

SP 3153
Southern Pacific Alco C630s 3153 and 3152 are on a drag going under Pepper Ave. in West Colton, CA in Nov. 1973.
  • Photo of SP 3153 Alcos approaching
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.762, Scan 2010120501.12
  • Photo of SP 3153 Going Away
    Kodachrome Slide 5.751, Scan 2010120501.6

Davis, CA

Near depot

SP 9076 EMD SD45, SP Class EF636-5

9076 in Davis, CA
It used to be I shot black and white film for the boring stuff. In those days Southern Pacific SD45's and UP SD40's were considered boring. SP 9076, UP 3049 and others lead a freight around the wye at Davis, California on an unrecorded date around 1973. The train is coming off the CalP and heading up what now is the California Northern. Then, it was the West Valley Line of the Southern Pacific. According to WAF, (This train) "is the OPS from Oakland, the general merchandise train (mostly lumber empties) between Oakland and Portland. Whether it actually went all the way to Portland is unknown. I suspect it got humped in Eugene and its Portland/Seattle cars forwarded to Portland."

Idaho

Photos taken, or thought to be taken, on an unknown date in 1973 in Idaho are located here.


Martienez, CA

Near depot

CalPee

SP 1215 Alco S6

1215 in Martienez
On an unknown date in 1973, a then quite common Southern Pacific Alco S6 1215 pulls a string of cars past the passenger station at Martienez. NOTE: Some people don't like to hear SW1500's called "cruds" but they were to those of us who so enjoyed the classic Alcos, FMs and Baldwins they replaced.

Milpitas, CA

Near Ford Plant (Now the Great Mall)

WP Yard
WP 727 EMD GP9
Western Pacific GP9 727 in Milpitas, 1973.
  • WP GP9 727 in Milpitas, 1973.
    Neg Scan: 2009112201.1

Oakland, CA

Photos taken, or thought to be taken, on an unknown date in 1973 in Oakland, CA are located here.

 

Pittsburg, CA

U.S. Steel

Around the plant
ATSF 2329 Alco S2
ATSF S2 2329 in 1973 at Pittsburg, CA.
SN 607 EMC NW2
Back in 1973 Pittsburg, CA was cool and was a great place to go see trains. Best part, it was close to where I lived. So, I would go there often. Western Pacific subsidiary Sacramento Northern 607 is an NW2 shown there near the steel plant.
USS 13 Baldwin S8
In 1973 United States Steel Baldwin S8 13 is at Pittsburg, CA.

SP 1234 Alco S6

1234 in Pittsburg
Southern Pacific Alco S6 1234 is shown tied up at Pittsburg, CA. in 1973.
Photo Location Map
  • Photo of SP 1234
    Image: 2009110601.1

Pleasanton - Livermore Area

Pleasanton, CA

East Pleasanton

SP 3611 EMD GP9, SP Class EF418-7

SP 3611 in East Pleasanton
Southern Pacific Black Widow GP9 3611 was one of the last black and silver units in service. It spent awhile working the East Pleasanton job, laying over in perfect light, on an unrecorded date in 1973.

SP 3720 EMD GP9, SP Class EF418-9

SP 3720 in East Pleasanton
Southern Pacific low-nose GP9 3720 is in East Pleasanton, CA on an unrecorded date in 1973.

Roseville-Sacramento

Roseville, CA

SP Yard

SP 3116 Alco C628, SP Class AS628-1

SP 3116 in Roseville
Southern Pacific C628 3116 in fresh paint in Roseville, CA. Date not recorded, likely winter 1973-74.
  • Photo of SP 3116
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.695, Scan 2010111301.25

Stockton, CA

Photos taken, or thought to be taken, on an unknown date in 1973 in Stockton, CA are located here.


Oregon

Photos taken, or thought to be taken, on an unknown date in 1973 in Oregon are located here.


Washington State

Tacoma, WA

Tacoma tide flats

July 1973
MILW E29 EF-3 GE/Alco
Milwaukee Road E29 in the Tacoma tide flats in July 1973. I had previously called these mud flats, George Andrews said, "although mud can still be found in copious amounts, the area is actually referred to as "The Tide Flats", as was The Milwaukee Road yard in Tacoma. The former yard area is now a large Maersk-Sealand container facility."
MILW SG-1 SLUG
Slugs get there power from an external source, a diesel locomotive. So you might think of SG-1 as another type of Milwaukee Road "electric locomotive" in the Tacoma tide flats in July 1973. According to L. A. Scrafford, "The SG-1 was built from an Alco RS3 (463) and was called the "Twinkie". It was usually mated with U28B's or U30B's and was used mainly on the old Tacoma Eastern Line to Morton."
MILW 81A EMD F7
Milwaukee Road F7A 81A in the Tacoma tide flats in July 1973.
MILW 81C EMD F7
Milwaukee Road F7A 81C in the Tacoma tide flats in July 1973.
MILW SE-1 SLUG
Milwaukee Road slug SE-1 in the Tacoma tide flats in July 1973.
MILW 6001 GE U30B
Milwaukee Road U30B 6001 on one end of a slug set in the Tacoma tide flats in July 1973.

BN Yard Tacoma

July 1973
BN 9732 EMD F3A
In the Tacoma BN yard is Big Sky Blue F3 9732 in July 1973. This old warrior has many more years in her and after a repaint and a renumber it will last into the early 80's as the second 706.

Unknown Location

ATSF 4572 EMD SD24
I wish I knew more about this photo. It was apparently taken in late 1973 when 4572 was in an unknown power pool with sister 4564. Likely Richmond, CA.
Neg 024109, Scan 2010030101.1

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