Mar 26, 2015
Wow, THAT is a shot! Unfortunately, I moved to NJ four years too late to have caught anything pre-CR. Safe to say though, that I couldn't have held a job if I'd moved east earlier.
Thanks for posting the other photos as well. Super neat stuff, Sandpatch, et al.
Dang, I was gonna' bust it out last night, and I forgot!
I wanna' say it was a family member who authored it?
I like the manual sanding system!
I wonder if this is the Pacific Coast in California, or the one that the GN bought here in Renton?
I believe it was narrow gauge if that is any help.
Then the California Pacific Coast.
The newspaper article about the Keithsburg, IL bridge incident says the bridge could be out for weeks. I wonder how long it actually took to fix it.
Re Montana Rail Link photos: Locomotives over 60 years of age STILL on the rails and in service!
More interesting stuff about the Keithsburg bridge.
It was built in 1909 and in service until 1971 when the C&NW discontinued its use. It remained intact until 1981 when the 220-foot-long lift portion was destroyed by, of all things, fireworks and the span fell into the river, blocking barge traffic, and the Army Corps of Engineers removed it to restore traffic.
The remaining spans still stand and even the previous bridge's (constructed in 1886) stone piers are still visible right next to the 1909 bridge.
It looks as if someone is maintaining it despise being abandoned. The paint looks almost pristine.
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That bridge must have some kind of bad mojo in it... first a locomotive knocks the lift span out of service for weeks, then fireworks blow over the lift span into the river.
Must be The Ghost of Bridges Past...
Yes it does. But I looks a little bent and twisted to me. I may be wrong about that tho.
From the early 1990s in Hearne, Texas.
This photo is from the Pacific Coast RAILWAY in California. The Pacific Coast RAILROAD in Washington never had such equipment. Such machines are usually seen on financially struggling operations, which was the case when that California operation had this truck.
The Milwaukee Road to the Pacific Northwest: the Pacific Extension Photography of John W. Barriger III
Hard to find now, guess I'll hang onto mine!
The lead unit, SP 7600, was previously SP 3197 and eventually became IHB 4010:
Love that SP 7600!!
A bit mor MRL...
It was one of 3 passenger variants of the GP40-2 purchaced in 1974 for executive trains and backup for the San Francisco-San Jose commute service. The boxy rear end that extended the long hood was to provide space for a steam generator. My old slide scanner does not do well bringing out detail of dark areas. The projected slide looks much better.
She must have been repainted before she was retired. I wonder if a plowing mishap buckled her frame? She's pretty tweaked.
I work in a NAPA auto parts store and we see railroaders from BNSF, CP and NPR routinely, so I asked one day. They said "she wasn't put there like that"...