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ATSF 664
Title:  ATSF 664
Description:  ATSF 664 was built in 1899 by Baldwin. It has 57" drivers and 21" x 28" cylinders, and it weighs 70 tons. Originally numbered #891, this oil-burning locomotive was used exclusively for freight in Texas, Oklahoma, and surrounding states. It was still in active use when it was donated to Travel Town by Santa Fe in 1953. In keeping with Santa Fe's class system, being the first unit of this class, it is one of 45 Class 664 Consolidations.
Photo Date:  2/28/1998  Upload Date: 12/9/2007 3:19:37 PM
Location:  Los Angeles, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  ATSF 664(2-8-0)
Views:  2650   Comments: 2
Description:  Built by the Dickson Works subsidiary of ALCO in Scranton PA in 1902 as a 2-6-0 "Mogul" for Minnesota Land & Construction, #7 was then sold to Sharp Construction Company, who added a two-wheel trailing truck to turn it into a "Prarie." During the WWI, #7 served at Camp Kearney, San Diego, and during WWII it worked at Defense Ordnance at Fort Wingate, NM and the Navajo Ordnance Plant at Flagstaff, AZ. Sharp & Fellows, which dates back to 1877, is still a railroad contractor today. They donated this unit to the LA County Parks in 1954.
Photo Date:  2/28/1998  Upload Date: 12/9/2007 3:32:24 PM
Location:  Los Angeles, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  SHARP 7(2-6-2)
Views:  1473   Comments: 1
PE 1544
Title:  PE 1544
Description:  This one-of-a-kind, electric locomotive, called the "Electra", was built in 1902 by the North Shore Railroad in anticipation of electification of the line. "Electra" was built in NSR's Tiburon shops on the north shore of the San Francisco Bay. Its unique sloped ends were fabricated from steam locomotive tenders, wedged on either side of the cab, and filled with water on one end and sand for ballast on the other. Later used in 1925 to help build the Hollywood Subway, the "Electra" performed its last duty as a switch engine at P.E.'s vast Torrance repair shops, south of Los Angeles, until its retirement in 1952.
Photo Date:  2/28/1998  Upload Date: 12/9/2007 3:31:56 PM
Location:  Los Angeles, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  PE 1544(Steeple Cab)
Views:  1215   Comments: 0
SP 1273
Title:  SP 1273
Description:  Built by the Southern Pacific, for the Southern Pacific, in their Sacramento shops in 1921. Used primarily as a switch engine in the yards, #1273 nevertheless logged 1,500,000 miles during it's 35 years of service. SP designated it a Class S-12. The "S" indicated Switcher Class. S-12s were constructed in both Sac and LA. There were a total of 38 built. It was donated to Travel Town in 1957.
Photo Date:  2/28/1998  Upload Date: 12/9/2007 3:31:41 PM
Location:  Los Angeles, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  SP 1273(0-6-0)
Views:  1401   Comments: 0
LAMTA 1543
Title:  LAMTA 1543
Description:  Built for the Oakland, Alameda and Berkeley Lines by American Car & Foundry in 1911, this interurban was brought to LA by the US Maritime Commision to work Calship Specials on the Shipyard Railway to the Calship Shipyard on Terminal Island. In 1945 it went to the Pacific Electric for use on the Southern Division to Long Beach, running out of the PE Terminal on 6th and Main. After the government takeover of PE it was the only "Blimp" to be painted LAMTA green. The parks dept has since repainted it without reapplying to logos.
Photo Date:  2/28/1998  Upload Date: 12/9/2007 3:31:15 PM
Location:  Los Angeles, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
Views:  2644   Comments: 0
Santa Fe signal bridge frames Metrolink
Title:  Santa Fe signal bridge frames Metrolink
Description:  A Saturday Orange County Line train from Oceanside is pushed under the the old Santa Fe signal bridge at Pioneer Boulevard. I don't know how long the signal bridge will last, but it's a nice memory of old time rairoading while it's still here. F59PHI #887 was the very last example of this model that Metrolink bought. It arrived in November of 2001 and was actually asembled by Alstom. Metrolink's new MP36s should start arriving soon, taking away #887's new kid on the block status.
Photo Date:  12/1/2007  Upload Date: 12/2/2007 12:52:23 AM
Location:  Santa Fe Springs, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  SCAX 887(F59PHI)
Views:  1882   Comments: 3
Eastbound Z
Title:  Eastbound Z
Description:  JB Hunt stacks are going west, United Parcel trailers are going east, and in the far background, baretables are waiting to be switched into the yard. The stacks on the right are waiting for clearance to Hobart, while the "Citcom Job" on the far left is about to block us on the platform. The Z train is creeping through, but picked up speed as it passed us. BNSF #7678 came onto the property February of 2005.
Photo Date:  12/1/2007  Upload Date: 12/2/2007 12:53:02 AM
Location:  Commerce, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  BNSF 7678(ES44DC)
Views:  711   Comments: 0
UPY 1448
Title:  UPY 1448
Description:  The MP15AC had Blomberg trucks for mainline duty and a tunnel motor electric fan system which fixed a serious reliability issue on older switchers. UPY 1448 began life as Southern Pacific #2719 September of 1975, making her one of the earliest units of this model introduced August 1975. She is sitting on the Anaheim Wye in West Anaheim. Usually power for the "Anaheim Hauler" waits out the day here, but this is probably just spotted here.
Photo Date:  8/5/2007  Upload Date: 11/30/2007 11:01:47 AM
Location:  Anaheim, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  UPY 1448(MP15AC)
Views:  842   Comments: 1
Wreck damaged GP9
Title:  Wreck damaged GP9
Description:  Among the units on the Altoona dead line this day was this Penn Central GP9, which had been wrecked by a runaway box car in West Virginia (in September of 1977, I believe). #7232 had been one of the few PC units to wear the red "P." She was delivered to the Pennsylvania in October 1959. Erie Lackawanna 1025, an RS3, was delivered to the Erie in March 1951. They were among dozens and dozens of engines awiting the torch, sitting in the serene and crystal snow that day.
Photo Date:  12/30/1978  Upload Date: 11/30/2007 10:02:30 AM
Location:  Altoona(Juniata), PA
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  CR 7232(GP9) EL 1025(RS3)
Views:  2320   Comments: 5
CR 8254
Title:  CR 8254
Description:  Conrail's ELSY8 works its way through Collinwood Yard on the Chicago Line. This manifest ran from Elkhart IN to DeWitt Yard in Syracuse NY (spending its entire run on ex New York Central rails). You may note GP38-2 8254's star, which designated her for an ongoing cost comparison program. She was brand new, having arrived in September. The GP40 was delivered to New York Central in July of 1967. And 6089 arrived on the EL as 3624 in May of 1968. The other photog seen in the picture is my friend from NJ.
Photo Date:  12/28/1978  Upload Date: 11/25/2007 11:38:54 PM
Location:  Cleveland, OH
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  CR 8254(GP38-2) CR 3054(GP40) CR 6089(SD45)
Views:  1271   Comments: 0
CR 2484
Title:  CR 2484
Description:  By December of 1978 a good chunk of Conrail ALCO Centuries were on the deadline in Collinwood Yard, but an ex Erie Lackawanna C424 (she'd been their 2410) was still working as a driller. She was 15 at this time, having been delivered June 1963 as part of Erie-Lackawanna's first order of new engines (delivered in black and yellow). In 1964 William White took over the EL, dropping the hyphen (and reinstating the Phoebe Snow and making this paint scheme universal). Separately, the Eaton smoke stack belongs to the fluid power systems manufacturer.
Photo Date:  12/28/1978  Upload Date: 11/25/2007 11:38:38 PM
Location:  Cleveland, OH
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  CR 2484(C424)
Views:  1353   Comments: 1
CR 6509
Title:  CR 6509
Description:  SLSE7 chugs through Mentor behind a pair of six-axle U-Boats, lead by U25C #6509. This unit began life with the Pennsyvlania in 1965 (where it was a GF25a). It kept number 6509 through Penn Central. Second unit is a U30C, also of PRR heritage (from 1967), where she was a GF30a. This train was running from East St. Louis, IL to Selkirk, NY, heading over the Chicago Line at this point after having run up the Indianapolis Line all the way to Cleveland.
Photo Date:  12/28/1978  Upload Date: 11/24/2007 1:30:49 AM
Location:  Mentor, OH
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  CR 6509(U25C) CR 6536(U30C)
Views:  1969   Comments: 2
Delaware & Hudson units
Title:  Delaware & Hudson units
Description:  Waiting at the fuel pad. The GP39-2 is still in Reading "candy apple green." It was delivered #3416 in 1974. It was later renumbered 385 (D&H Class ERS-23), before being reclaimed at the end of lease by its owner CSX in 1991. It's still on their roster. The RS11 was delivered to New York Central in March 1960 as NYC 8009, but was not accepted along with five other units. She was re-sold to D&H (class ARS-18) and labored on The Bridge Line until scrapping.
Photo Date:  11/24/1978  Upload Date: 11/21/2007 5:51:01 PM
Location:  Mechanicville, NY
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  DH 5000(RS11) DH 7416(GP39-2)
Views:  1554   Comments: 2
Chevy Lumina
Title:  Chevy Lumina
Description:  Pacific Surfliner #784 has picked up and dropped off passenger at Bob Hope Airport. Appropriately, as Bob Hope and Burbank both are California icons, the F59PHI was originally called the "California Locomotive" when announced in 1993. These units have separate HEP, a full width aerodynamic composite body, computer controlled operation and a 3000 Hp, 12 cylinder main engine with emission engine reduction features.
Photo Date:  11/18/2007  Upload Date: 11/20/2007 1:32:45 AM
Location:  Burbank, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  AMTK 457(F59PHI)
Views:  678   Comments: 3
UP 8433
Title:  UP 8433
Description:  QRVPX10, "The Phoenix" is gaining fast on the little Amtrak baggage scooter, as the super friendly Amtrak agent tries her best to keep her lead. This Quality Manifest originates at the massive J.R. Davis Yard in Roseville, CA and finishes up in the hemmed in downtown Phoenix Yard. This requires reversing direction on the Sunset route at Picachio to enter the Phoenix Line.
Photo Date:  11/11/2007  Upload Date: 11/20/2007 1:32:33 AM
Location:  Van Nuys, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  UP 8433(SD70ACe)
Views:  669   Comments: 1
VRE V30 with train 607
Title:  VRE V30 with train 607
Description:  The Virginia Railway Exrpess has broght life to the old Richmond, Fredricksburg & Potomac platforms. V30 was once Amtrak 403, and wasy cycled through VMV in Paducah. This unit started life as one of the F40PHR "rebuilds" built with parts from traded in SDP40Fs (which were less than ten years old at the time). She was delivered to Amtrak December 1987, and was part of their last order for these units.
Photo Date:  4/14/2003  Upload Date: 7/29/2007 11:53:26 AM
Location:  Alexandria, VA
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  VRE V30(F40PHR)
Views:  1038   Comments: 0
VRE V05 with train 309
Title:  VRE V05 with train 309
Description:  Sounder cars mix well with the eclectic mix of VRE equipment. The RP39-2C began life as Seaboard Coast Line GP40 1635 (later SBD and CSX 6789). Morrison Knudson's rebuilt the unit in 1991. As to the Sounder Bombardier bi-levels, when Sounder started they ordered enough equipment to service all their proposed runs, but BNSF trackage rights issues weren't resolved, and much of Sounder's equipment is out on lease (to VRE, Metrolink, and West Coast Express).
Photo Date:  4/14/2003  Upload Date: 7/29/2007 11:53:48 AM
Location:  Alexandria, VA
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  VRE V05(RP39-2C)
Views:  960   Comments: 0
SFS 92
Title:  SFS 92
Description:  The Scenic Day Tour train - westbound with beer and passengers, has only a few blocks left on its run from Lamy to Santa Fe. The GP7u was built by Electro-Motive in July 1953 as Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe 2861. It was rebuilt at Cleburne in July 1974 as 2075. SFS bought it in March 1992. The beer comes from Joe G. Maloof Company (almost all Coors from Denver). The train has just crossed Alarid Street and only has a few more blocks to go for the Santa Fe depot.
Photo Date:  6/23/2003  Upload Date: 8/2/2007 12:51:38 AM
Location:  Santa Fe, NM
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  SFS 92(GP7u)
Views:  1124   Comments: 1
Union Station at Christmas
Title:  Union Station at Christmas
Description:  Union Station lights up the downtown. Anchoring the corner of 17th and Wynkoop in the LoDo district, the Beaux-Arts station once served 80 daily trains operated by six different railroads. Today you can catch Denver RTD, The Ski Train, and the California Zephyr here (along with doznes of bus lines that now run on former rail ROW). This X-Mas lighting of Denver Union Station was one of those things I'd seen in pics since I was a kid. Seeing it in real life was truly a treat.
Photo Date:  12/27/2003  Upload Date: 7/27/2007 10:08:56 PM
Location:  Denver, CO
Author:  Charles Freericks
Views:  403   Comments: 0
PVRX 21 an RS1
Title:  PVRX 21 an RS1
Description:  Pook Valley #21 awaits a repainting into Morristown & Erie colors. Originally built for the Soo Line as 350, the unit also worked for Virginia & Maryland/Maryland & Delaware, and Massachusetts Central. In 1997, it was acquired by private owner James Hager, Jr., who had it painted Pook Valley, in honor of his same named model railroad layout. It has since been repainted as the second Morristown & Erie #15.
Photo Date:  4/15/2004  Upload Date: 8/9/2007 10:27:35 AM
Location:  Whippany, NJ
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  PVRX 21(RS1)
Views:  966   Comments: 0
Amtrak 774
Title:  Amtrak 774
Description:  Amtrak #774 arrives along side Laguna Creek early on a weekend morning. This Pacific Surfliner (aka Central Coast Surfliner) is 119 miles into its 350 mile journey between San Lois Obispo and San Diego. Laguna Creek is jacketed in a channel of cobblestones as part of a WPA flood control project. The pumping station is visible at the rear of the train. F59PHI was delivered in July of 1998. The F59PHIs were nicknamed Chevy Luminas for their look-alike mini-van corporate cousins (not the same named sedans).
Photo Date:  5/30/2004  Upload Date: 7/21/2007 1:57:42 AM
Location:  Santa Barbara, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  AMTK 452(F59PHI)
Views:  776   Comments: 1
UP MWCPD30 at Capitan
Title:  UP MWCPD30 at Capitan
Description:  UP MWCPD30 - "The Portland" waits along the 101 for a turn at Gaviota Trestle. This daily train was nicknamed the "PeeDee." It ran from West Colton to Albina, OR (Portland) carrying mostly empties. It was later replaced by the MWCPT (aka "The Portland" or "PT Cruiser"). Sadly, "The Portland" no longer runs up the Coast. Delivered back in May of 2001, 4668 is one of 1,462 SD70Ms on UP's roster. This one has the older, flat radiators, indicating that it is not Tier One compliant.
Photo Date:  5/30/2004  Upload Date: 7/21/2007 1:58:21 AM
Location:  Capitan, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  UP 4668(SD70M)
Views:  557   Comments: 0
Amtrak #1014 Stub Train at Santa Barbara
Title:  Amtrak #1014 Stub Train at Santa Barbara
Description:  With all sets of the Coast Starlight running more than 14 hours late, Amtrak annuled #11 in Oakland, and ran this #1014 stub train of cobbled together Amtrak California "California Locomotives" and Horizon coaches to replace the actual #14. Passengers on this train transfered to the real Starlight at Oakland. Unit 2015 was the last F59PHI purchased by Amtrak California, coming in its second order of 2001 (first order was 1994). The second order pushed the last F40PHs out of California for good.
Photo Date:  5/31/2004  Upload Date: 7/21/2007 1:58:49 AM
Location:  Santa Barbara, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
Categories:  Passenger
Locomotives:  CDTX 2015(F59PHI)
Views:  1123   Comments: 1
Eastbound "Triclops"
Title:  Eastbound "Triclops"
Description:  Two SD60Ms, the first one a triclops, pass the Metrolink platforms. Based on the older power, I believe that this is a Hauler or Local coming out of East Yard (which is just west of here) to the carload facility in Montclair. But, I have no way of knowing. This is UP's Los Angeles Sub, the former Los Angeles & Salt Lake RR. The triops was delivered in November of 1990 as part of UP's fourth order for SD60Ms (the five orders totaled 362 units). It has since been renumbered to #2408.
Photo Date:  10/13/2005  Upload Date: 8/9/2007 9:50:15 AM
Location:  Montebello, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  UP 6253(SD60M) UP 2452(SD60M)
Views:  1412   Comments: 0
Metrolink train 214
Title:  Metrolink train 214
Description:  The train from Lancaster to Los Angeles scoots across the high desert. This is the Saugus Line (aka the Antelope Valley Line), built by the Southern Pacific as an inland route between LA and San Francisco. These days, passengers can only ride the line as far north as Lancaster, and even that is just because of the Nortridge Earthquake of Jan 1994. The run north of Santa Clarita had been in the long-term plans of Metrolink, but was jump started when the earthquake knocked out an essential freeway. It proved so popular that it was made permanent..
Photo Date:  10/14/2005  Upload Date: 8/8/2007 11:29:40 AM
Location:  Acton, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  SCAX 874(F59PHI)
Views:  701   Comments: 1
K277 (Unit US Waste Management train)
Title:  K277 (Unit US Waste Management train)
Description:  Half framed by the overgrown shrubbery, a CSX southbound heads through the West Englewood depot. K277 is the unit US Waste Management train
Photo Date:  12/23/2005  Upload Date: 8/8/2007 11:38:49 AM
Location:  Teaneck, NJ
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  CSX 8783(SD60M)
Views:  757   Comments: 1
FNM 3702 Super Seven
Title:  FNM 3702 Super Seven
Description:  Ferrocariles Nacionales de Mexico Super Seven trails on Ferromex train DGDSF (Directo Guadalajara-Surfragio), aka "Tren 3511 del Norte." The Ferromex employees at the Pacifico depot told me "You're lucky to see a train here." Super 7-30C 3702 began life as NdeM U36C 8922 about 9/1973 and was rebuilt into a Super Seven for FNM by GE on 1/990, arriving us their #14002. A year and a half after this shot, she was wrecked on 6/26/2004 near Tula in an accident with another train.
Photo Date:  12/27/2002  Upload Date: 7/24/2007 12:20:06 AM
Location:  Mazatlan, MX
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  FXE 3702(C30-S7) FXE 3511(C30-7)
Views:  1215   Comments: 0
FNM 3511 leads a nb manifest
Title:  FNM 3511 leads a nb manifest
Description:  Ferromex' daily northbound, the DGDSF (Directo Guadalajara-Surfragio). It stops in Mazatlan to set off and pick up. It's journey has just ended on the Division Guadalajara and will continue on the Division Hermosillo north. This facility is the former Ferrocarril Sud-Pacifico de Mexico at Sin T-1175. The C30-7 was delivered to National de Mexico in Jan 1980 as their #6770. It was assigned by FXE as a "carga" unit in Division Hermosillo, but appears to now be in the dead line in Tepic.
Photo Date:  12/27/2002  Upload Date: 7/24/2007 12:19:43 AM
Location:  Mazatlan, MX
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  FXE 3511(C30-7) FXE 3702(C30-S7)
Views:  1222   Comments: 0
Rebuilt GEEPS pulling baretables west
Title:  Rebuilt GEEPS pulling baretables west
Description:  Canadian Pacific Belt Pack/RCO yard job brings empties across Victoria Drive into Williston Yard. Power is a pair of rebuilt GP9us. In the back sits the power for RS-1 (road switcher), the twice daily to Coquitlam and back. We are at about milepost 126. The lead unit came to CP from GMDD in 08/1955 and was rebuilt by CP/Ogden in 1986. The second unit was delivered in 1954 from GMDD as CP 8487, and was rebuilt in 1985. These were originally CP class DRS-17a.
Photo Date:  4/6/2000  Upload Date: 7/26/2007 1:24:59 AM
Location:  Vancouver, BC
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  CP 1623(GP9u) CP 1591(GP9u)
Views:  1222   Comments: 2
SP MIOAY North and East Autos, the Turn out of Oakland
Title:  SP MIOAY North and East Autos, the Turn out of Oakland
Description:  Building air in Milpitas is the MIOAY. This train started the day as the BROAT reaching Oakland that morning at 8AM as the 8400West, 6 1/2 hrs late. It became the X Auto Racks at 1p (on-time) as Extra 8400East (OAMIY) hitting Milpitas and becoming the MIOAY North and East Autos in this picture. It returned to Oakland about 8:15p as the 8400West. The OABRT with some of these autoracks left Oakland about 11:30p, 55 minutes late on its schedule and the balance of these autoracks left Oakland for the east on the OAOGF about 2a on Aug 2 (30 minutes early) the next morning for the UP.
Photo Date:  8/1/1978  Upload Date: 11/6/2007 10:55:33 AM
Location:  Milpitas, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  SP 8854(SD45) SP 8400(SD40)
Views:  2948   Comments: 1
ATSF 3751 4-8-4 Northern
Title:  ATSF 3751 4-8-4 Northern
Description:  Headed to Railfair'99 in Sacramento, the grand old Baldwin puts on the best steam show I'd ever seen, ripping through town at high speed. The train was officially BNSF OLACSAE13 RailFair'99 Special. #3751 was the ATSF's first ever 4-8-4 Northern (thus, the 3751 Class engine on Santa Fe), having been delivered by Baldwin Locomotive Works in May 1927.
Photo Date:  6/13/1999  Upload Date: 8/2/2007 11:48:15 PM
Location:  Fullerton, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  ATSF 3751(4-8-4)
Views:  2017   Comments: 3
ON 1809 with train #698
Title:  ON 1809 with train #698
Description:  Train 698 "The Northlander" from Cochrane pulls out of Union Station with an "EGU" and a string of Hawker Siddeley former GO Transit cars. The EGU is a former Milwaukee Road F9B (ex MILW 125D, 1985; x-MILW 128C). It was rebuilt in 1991 into a generator car. The GP38-2 was the last of ten Ontario Northland received, and was delivered in September of 1984. The corrugated cars were built for GO Transit when it began service in 1967 and extensively refurbished for ON service.
Photo Date:  3/14/1999  Upload Date: 7/26/2007 1:06:22 AM
Location:  Toronto, ON
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  ONT 203(Power Car) ONT 1809(GP38-2)
Views:  1304   Comments: 1
FEC 508 with ballast hoppers
Title:  FEC 508 with ballast hoppers
Description:  A "Work Extra" is seen from the East side of the tracks along SW 4th Ave. at about SW 2nd Pl. facing NW. We are just south of Stirling Road (SR-848). FEC used to get all of its MofW granite ballast from Norfolk Southern, hence the Southern and NS ballast cars. GP38-2 #508 was delivered in April of 1978. The Dania water tower dates back to 1945.
Photo Date:  3/28/1991  Upload Date: 8/1/2007 9:40:18 PM
Location:  Dania, FL
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  FEC 508(GP38-2)
Views:  1360   Comments: 3
Florida TriRail 801
Title:  Florida TriRail 801
Description:  Morrison-Knudson F40PHL-2 shoving a mid-day train at the former Seaboard Air Line Hollywood Florida depot. 801 was rebuilt by combining the frame from Conrail GP40 #3230 with the cowls of two Burlington Northern F45s #6630 and #6637. The result really looks like an F45 until you gaze down at those B-B trucks. The UTDC bi-levels were bought to match GO Transit's as the service wasn't expected to last after I-95 improvements were done and they'd be easy to sell to GO. By 1990 this midday train was added. The trains are still running today.
Photo Date:  3/28/1991  Upload Date: 9/12/2007 9:59:14 AM
Location:  Hollywood, FL
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  TRCX 801(F40PHL-2)
Views:  2313   Comments: 1
AMTK 799 crossing Gaviota Trestle
Title:  AMTK 799 crossing Gaviota Trestle
Description:  The trailing NCPU on Amtrak's LA to SLO Surfliner. This is the only Pacific Surfliner that normally operates with Horizon Fleet cars, a P42Dc and a Cabbage Car. It is also the only Surfliner that doesn't reach San Diego, running r/t LA to SLO. As to the trestle, it is 811 feet long and opened on December 12, 1900. It is located in a state park, where the rangers refer to it as the "Ghost Bridge."
Photo Date:  5/11/2007  Upload Date: 7/23/2007 10:07:55 AM
Location:  Gaviota, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  AMTK 90208(NPCU)
Views:  1556   Comments: 1
Imbedded streetcars
Title:  Imbedded streetcars
Description:  Two Los Angeles Railway Huntington Type B Standard Cars are part of this abandoned cafe. They are reported to be circa 1914 & 1916. The restauarant has been out of business for some time (possibly more than 30 years according to one source). The frontage road on which they sit was the orginal Hwy 101, and the restaurant dates back to at least the 1950s, when locals called it the "Box Cars." The oringal owner was named Mullins, and it was called Mullins Dining Cars at the time.
Photo Date:  5/11/2007  Upload Date: 7/23/2007 10:08:55 AM
Location:  Buellton, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
Views:  1004   Comments: 1
SMV 70 swings north from Betteravia Junction
Title:  SMV 70 swings north from Betteravia Junction
Description:  The Santa Maria Valley RR is railfan friendly and a terrific trip back in time. SMV #70 is a GE 70-ton switcher built in January 1950 (Builder No. 30381) acquired for operation in November 1972 from Fort Dodge DM&S. At the time of this writing, her sister, SMV 80, is out of service in the engine house in Santa Maria, making this the only operating 70t on a railroad that once rostered almost half a dozen of the creatures.
Photo Date:  5/11/2007  Upload Date: 7/30/2007 11:38:50 PM
Location:  Iremel, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  SMV 70(70Tonner)
Views:  885   Comments: 0
BNSF 2931 leads YLAC0730
Title:  BNSF 2931 leads YLAC0730
Description:  A unique unit, BNSF 2931 was one of the original patch jobs that was not repeated, seen here coming out of the woods to cross Torrance Ave. This trains entire trip from Watson to Alcoa Yard is all now in yard limits due to the downgrading of the Harbor Sub. #2931 began life as a Union Pacific GP35 in June of 1964 (UP #746). Retired in August of 1983, she went to NRE and then to EMD as a hulk. EMD rebuilt the unit to GP39-2 standards. The model GP39E indicates an EMD rebuild as oppsed to the GP39M rebuilds done at the same time by Morrison-Knudson.
Photo Date:  5/20/2007  Upload Date: 8/7/2007 11:16:31 PM
Location:  Torrance, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  BNSF 2931(GP39E)
Views:  888   Comments: 0
USAX 4631 DIT on the Palmdale Cutoff
Title:  USAX 4631 DIT on the Palmdale Cutoff
Description:  Dead in transit from Leland NC to Hill AFB Utah, US Army GP40 4631 tags along near the end of a westbound UP manifest as it crosses on the Palmdale Cutoff Bridge over the ATSF Second Div. One of four GP40s in the Army, and only ten in US armed forces, it had been stationed at Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point in Southport, NC.
Photo Date:  6/10/2007  Upload Date: 7/23/2007 10:09:17 AM
Location:  San Bernardino, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  USAX 4631(GP40)
Views:  1549   Comments: 0
Pacfic Electric 800 Series Car
Title:  Pacfic Electric 800 Series Car
Description:  The Formosa Cafe, a major Hollywood Star hangout, has a PE car as its bar. It is one of the 800 Class units, although its actual road number seems to be lost to the ages. The 800s were Southern California's first high speed interurbans. They were also the largest interurban class with 131 cars of this type in service. They were designed by Huntington engineers in 1902.
Photo Date:  7/7/2007  Upload Date: 7/24/2007 4:05:07 PM
Location:  West Hollywood, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
Views:  784   Comments: 0
Pacific Electric 800 Car
Title:  Pacific Electric 800 Car
Description:  This PE 800 Series car is now the bar of the Formosa Cafe on Santa Monica and Formosa. These cars were the first true interurban cars on Huntington's Pacific Electric. The restaurant reports the car dates from 1902, which would make it part of the original order for these cars, but the road number on this one is unknown. Across the street from Samuel Goldwyn Studios (later United Artits, Warner Hollywood and then The Lot) it is a famous Hollywood watering hole. The car once ran on tracks in the street behind it. To add insult to injury, the cab has been covered over with wood paneling.
Photo Date:  7/7/2007  Upload Date: 7/24/2007 4:03:23 PM
Location:  West Hollywood, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
Views:  717   Comments: 0
UP 4720
Title:  UP 4720
Description:  A Union Pacific unit fly ash train is seen from the Olympic Blvd bridge waiting on a clear signal to continue south to Pier F in Long Beach. Fly ash is the finely divided mineral residue resulting from the combustion of coal in electric generating plants. It is inorganic, incombustible matter present in the coal that has been fused during combustion into a glassy amorphous structure. It used to be released into the atmosphere, but is now collected and used to make cement.
Photo Date:  7/21/2007  Upload Date: 7/22/2007 1:00:09 PM
Location:  Los Angeles, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  UP 4720(SD70M)
Views:  662   Comments: 0
IC 6066 sb on east bank of LA River from Olympic Blvd Bridge
Title:  IC 6066 sb on east bank of LA River from Olympic Blvd Bridge
Description:  While we have lots of run-through power here in LA, this is the first IC unit I've personally ever seen. IC 6066 began life as a SD40 on Gulf, Mobile & Ohio (#917) in 1966. The moniker SD40-2R comes from the VMV Paducah Shops, which rewired it to Dash-2 electrical standards in 1995. The unit's dynamic brakes (and its blister) were removed at that time too.
Photo Date:  8/5/2007  Upload Date: 8/5/2007 10:40:55 PM
Location:  Los Angeles, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  IC 6066(SD40-2R)
Views:  635   Comments: 1
Title:  VRE V24
Description:  Although VRE 332 had two cab cars in its consist, neither was working, resulting in this rare look at a northbound led into town by a locomotive. This Manassas originated train was nearing the end of its run into Washington DC. The GP40PH-2 started life as a B&O GP40 (4008), went to NC DOT, and then was rebuilt by AMF Techno-transport.
Photo Date:  8/27/2007  Upload Date: 9/7/2007 9:45:13 AM
Location:  Alexandria, VA
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  VRE V24(GP40PH-2)
Views:  1002   Comments: 0
CR 6480
Title:  CR 6480
Description:  An SD40-2 leads two U25Bs on an unidentified eastbound. Most trains chattered on the scanner through here and you knew exactly who they were. This one just silently appeared. The platform that is disappearing under the foliage to the right had been the outbound egress point for New York Central commuter trains, but hadn't seen passenger service in 22 years. CR 6480 was part of their third order for SD40-2s and arrived 11/78. Both U25Bs are ex New York Central, dating from 9/65 and 3/64.
Photo Date:  5/6/1979  Upload Date: 8/16/2007 8:31:47 AM
Location:  Haworth, NJ
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  CR 6480(SD40-2) CR 2567(U25B) CR 2505(U25B)
Views:  1005   Comments: 2
Title:  CR ENPI6b
Description:  Conrail 23B drops down the lead to Rockville Bridge over Conrail ENPI6b, which has an EMD, a GE and an ALCO in the consist. The Enola to Pittsburgh train had a fairly short run to complete. At this point in time Conrail was three years old, but Penn Central's deferred maintenance was still evident in the physical plant of what had once been the pride of the Pennsylvania Railroad. PC 6239 was one of only six SD45s delivered new to Penn Central (the rest of the fleet came from PRR).
Photo Date:  4/16/1979  Upload Date: 8/11/2007 1:50:54 AM
Location:  Marysville, PA
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  PC 6239(SD45) CR 6583(U30C) CR 6769(C630)
Views:  1518   Comments: 1
Conrail TV10 at Dumont
Title:  Conrail TV10 at Dumont
Description:  The new GP40-2s were a staple on Conrail Trailer Van trains on the old NYC West Shore. This hotshot train ran from Chicago to Croxton at the time. It should have left Chicago Englewood at 1:30a, reached Elkhart at 4:15a, Toledo TV at 9:00a, Cleveland at 1:15p, Buffalo 6:30p, DeWitt at 11:00p, Selkirk at 2:15a, and through here at about 8:00a. Judging by the length of the shadows it was running pretty close to on time on this day.
Photo Date:  11/29/1978  Upload Date: 7/21/2007 1:54:39 AM
Location:  Dumont, NJ
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  CR 3301(GP40-2) CR 3283(GP40-2) CR 3310(GP40-2) CR 3340(GP40-2)
Views:  2063   Comments: 6
TV16a with a string of GP40-2s
Title:  TV16a with a string of GP40-2s
Description:  The GP40-2 was to Conrail what the Pontiac Trans Am was to high school - insular, fast, and snazzy. CR 3281 was a part of CR's first GP0-2 order which were delivered in Spring of 1977. The TV16 dated back to New York Central days and was a combined trailervan, autoracks train. TV16 would come in with the loaded autoracks behind the last vans. TV16 went in at CP-5 for running 1 or 3 Bellman's Creek and the cut was made behind the last North Bergen right on running 1 or 3. A local would bring the rear end crew up to Bellman's Creek to make the cut.
Photo Date:  10/21/1978  Upload Date: 7/27/2007 10:07:54 PM
Location:  Dumont, NJ
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  CR 3281(GP40-2) CR 3339(GP40-2) CR 3288(GP40-2) CR 3343(GP40-2)
Views:  1200   Comments: 3
CR 2649 on the Southern Tier
Title:  CR 2649 on the Southern Tier
Description:  CR IHCR0's power, near the end of its journey from Hammond, IN (Indiana Harbor Belt Gibson Yard) to Seacacus (Croxton Yard), runs light from its cars past WJ Tower. This train would spend time in Meadeville PA on its way east, and was eventually replaced by a Meadeville to Croxton train. CR 2649 began life on the Pennsyvlania RR in 1965 where she was a class "GF25." She would be off the roster by 1984.
Photo Date:  10/12/1978  Upload Date: 7/24/2007 1:27:39 AM
Location:  Ridgewood, NJ
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  CR 2649(U25B)
Views:  903   Comments: 0
Conrail Crusador inbound at Bound Brook NJ
Title:  Conrail Crusador inbound at Bound Brook NJ
Description:  Conrail Crusador from Reading Terminal in Philly to Newark, picks up speed after a Bound Brook stop. The Reading Crusado began 02/22/1938. By 1977 it was a SEPTA supported Conrail commuter run between Reading Terminal and Penn Station Newark. The lead RDC3 began life on the Boston & Maine 2/1958. She was sold to the Reading 8/1966, and then to SEPTA 5/1976. When this service was cancelled, she went to the Blue Mtn & Reading in 1984, and was badly damaged in 1987.
Photo Date:  12/28/1977  Upload Date: 7/21/2007 1:41:43 AM
Location:  Bound Brook, NJ
Author:  Charles Freericks
Locomotives:  RDG 9166(RDC3)
Views:  2287   Comments: 0

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