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I Miss Southern Pacific RR  
User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3677 posts, RR: 2
Posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1002 times:

Growing up in the LA, area if you are into trains, then you remember the black locomotives with a red front and a big white SP written across front. Southern Pacific own most of the rail road tracks in Southern California, and I have many memories of them. I remember that they would send two EMD SW 1000X to Hawthorn CA, to pick up freight. I believe some of this freight, was part from Northrop Grumman to build Boeing 747s.
I remember when my family and I, went camping in Solardad Canyon north of LA, and a SP track was near us. SP would operate a train believe twice a day, and locomotive ( very likely EMD SD45s) would run pretty high notch, and because the trains were so long, they would have another group of locomotives in the middle of it.
Sadly, SP was bought out by UP in the mid 90's, so when I visit LA, I may see some parts of SP left, but the rest is UP, so I miss the old Southern Pacific Rail Road.

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User currently offlineNorthwest727 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 491 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 985 times:

I wasn't alive then, but I wish I could see the New York Central, Pennsylvania RR, and some of the New Haven RR in action, with all of their trackage still in place.

Riding a bike on various rail trails out in scenic open country or deep wooods often makes me wonder what it was like traversing the right of way when it was still a railroad.


User currently offlineboeing767mech From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1029 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 923 times:

Quoting 747400sp (Thread starter):
Sadly, SP was bought out by UP in the mid 90's, so when I visit LA, I may see some parts of SP left, but the rest is UP, so I miss the old Southern Pacific Rail Road.

I miss seeing Tunnel Motors (SD40/45T2) in notch 8 going up the Cuesta Grade. Now that the UP has taken over the coast line, I'm lucky to see a freight train once a week

David (off the Chatsworth sub section)



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User currently offlinejohns624 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 928 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 876 times:

Your memory is faulty, their locomotives were gray, not black.

User currently offlineboeing767mech From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1029 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 839 times:

Quoting johns624 (Reply 3):
Your memory is faulty, their locomotives were gray, not black.

They may have started out scarlet grey, but after a couple of trips over Donner pass and with SP's wonderful washing schedule they where black.

I remember seeing a fomer SP 4-6-2 #2472 come into SLO and seeing the GP60 behind the steam engine with brush marks in the dirt where they tried to give it a quick wash job.

David



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User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3677 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 831 times:

Quoting johns624 (Reply 3):
Your memory is faulty, their locomotives were gray, not black.




They looked black to me, may be they was dark gery.

Quoting boeing767mech (Reply 2):
I miss seeing Tunnel Motors (SD40/45T2) in notch 8 going up the Cuesta Grade. Now that the UP has taken over the coast line, I'm lucky to see a freight train once a week





Southern Pacific love running there locomotives at high notches!             


User currently offlinerampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3147 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 779 times:

I made a point of seeking out the Tehachapi Loop when I lived in LA for a year. Fun to watch, particularly a long train that loops itself, and an impressive display of 19th Century engineering still in use. Even midweek, there were multiple trainspotters with cameras set up. Guess I wasn't the only one who heard about it!

-Rampart


User currently offlinejohns624 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 928 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 746 times:

Quoting 747400sp (Reply 5):
Southern Pacific love running there locomotives at high notches

Every railraod does. You get the most out of each locomotive so you need fewer of them.


User currently offlinesccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5555 posts, RR: 28
Reply 8, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 741 times:

Nearest trackage to me when growing up was an Espee line, any were the days I went to the tracks and hung out, waiting on a freight to come rolling by. Always got a good "toot" from the engineers.

Now the ROW is in use for DART light rail. Not exactly the same thing.



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