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SP 3204 on the City of San Francisco arrivin…

SP 3204 on the City of San Francisco arriving in the morning to begin our eastward trip.
Fairfield, CA
7/24/1969

Rock Island, Southern Pacific Golden State sle…

Rock Island, Southern Pacific Golden State sleepers on Pennsylvania Admiral at Horseshoe Curve

The Admiral is two hours late, according to the caption of this photo from Don Ball, Jr.’s Pennsylvania Railroad 1940s-1950s. The sleepers from the Golden State are coming through from L.A. From the late 40s until the mid-50s transcontinental sleepers, switched from train to train in Chicago, operated from New York and Washington to L.A. and San Francisco.

CB&Q E7 9926A

CB&Q E7 9926A

CB&Q E7 9926A

Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad E7 9926A on the second Train # 10, the eastbound Denver Zephyr at Aurora, Illinois on December 19, 1965, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. Built in September 1947 (c/n 4433) on EMD Order E792A, retired in September 1969 and dismantled in December 1969, it is seen here heading the second section of Train # 10. Behind the motors appears to be a Southern Pacific car, most likely a sleeper. The first section would have most of the normal Denver Zephyr consist, including the baggage cars and dormitory car. The second section would need a stand-in dorm car for the train crew (porters and dining car staff), and the SP car likely was filling in.

SP 4449 north running as Amtrak 955 near Mad…

SP 4449 north running as Amtrak 955 near Madras, OR 6/25/17

Oregon Rail Heritage’s Daylight Excurs…

Oregon Rail Heritage’s Daylight Excursion to Bend, OR (operating as Amtrak train 925) passes between two of the short tunnels along Route 14 in the Columbia Gorge, a couple hours off schedule after a passenger had to received emergency medical care.

Underwood, WA

June 24, 2017

Prior to the west coast being slammed by sto…

Prior to the west coast being slammed by storms in early 2017, the ex-Southern Pacific (SP) coast line looked fairly tranquil in scenes such as this one brought to you just north of Gaviota. Looking down the two-tone grey paint and white lines of the 1950-built, ex-Union Pacific chair car “Pacific Trail,” with a little imagination one can see a brightly colored GS-4 on the head-end leading a spotless train of stainless steel orange and red cars through the twists and curves along the coast as Train No. 99, the northbound Daylight, heads toward its next stop of Surf. While the Daylight might be hard to imagine, Amtrak’s horizon transit with the veteran’s painted cabbage and a pair of private cars isn’t too shabby.

February 04, 2017

SP 4449 climbing the 1.5% grade from South Jun…

SP 4449 climbing the 1.5% grade from South Junction to Madras with just “some” help from the assisting Amtrak P42.

Paxton, OR

October 20, 2012

Southern Pacific 4-8-4 4449 is on her way fr…

Southern Pacific 4-8-4 4449 is on her way from Portland, OR to Tacoma, WA for Cascade Rails 2011, this year’s NRHS convention. The train has just crossed the swing bridge over the Columbia River and is pulling into the Vanvouver, WA station. There it will pick up a large group of passenger who rode the morning Amtrak Cascades train from Tacoma so they could return behind 4449.

June 21, 2011

SP 4449 heads through a super-elevated curve…

SP 4449 heads through a super-elevated curve as it nears the Indiana border.

New Buffalo, MI

July 31, 2009

Railfans and the local community are out in …

Railfans and the local community are out in force to greet the SP 4449 as she highballs east through the small community of Galesburg on the Amtrak Michigan Line, headed to Train Festival 2009 in Owosso, Michigan.

July 19, 2009