747400sp
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I Miss Southern Pacific RR

Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:52 pm

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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RE: I Miss Southern Pacific RR

Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:34 pm

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.
 
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RE: I Miss Southern Pacific RR

Fri Jan 06, 2012 4:57 am

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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johns624
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RE: I Miss Southern Pacific RR

Fri Jan 06, 2012 4:59 pm

Your memory is faulty, their locomotives were gray, not black.
 
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RE: I Miss Southern Pacific RR

Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:42 am

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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747400sp
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RE: I Miss Southern Pacific RR

Sat Jan 07, 2012 1:37 am

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!             
 
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RE: I Miss Southern Pacific RR

Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:28 am

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
 
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RE: I Miss Southern Pacific RR

Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:30 pm

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.
 
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RE: I Miss Southern Pacific RR

Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:42 pm

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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