TWO AND ONE HALF HOURS AT BEVERLY, CALIFORNIA

The UPRR main line to Las Vegas, and points east, crosses the San Gabriel River west of Beverly and circles around to the north of Rose Hills on its way to Riverside Junction. The branch line to Los Nietos yard begins here and heads south. This has been a favorite spot of mine for about fifty years and I have witnessed many changes here.

Today I spent a couple of hours there with my K20D Pentax and 300 mm lens and here are some of the images.

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A FIFTY YEAR OLD UPRR FREIGHT CAR MYSTERY

I made these images in 1963, or shortly after, in the East Los Angeles UPRR yard. The different heralds, on the sides of new cars of the same build lot based on the car numbers shown in the images, caught my eye.

I wondered then, as now, what the story was. Since my “expertise” on UPRR freight cars is sadly deficient in the period after 1930, I never did find out. I am still not motivated to flush out the story, but, I am curious about what happened. Perhaps one of the fine freight car historians “out there” will take pity on me and relate to me the answer to my fifty year old mystery.

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OLD IMAGES OF THE UPRR YARD AT LOS NIETOS, CALIFORNIA

 

I photographed this SPRR switching yard, located in the small town of Los Nietos, California, fifty years ago. I still live nearby and recently, as I scanned the B&W negatives from that time in my life, I became curious about the yard as it exists today. I visited the yard with the intent to photograph the changes from fifty years ago and the effects of the absorption of the SPRR by the UPRR. The images below are the result and they reveal the many changes over the past fifty years.

Look at the major changes in the areas outside the yard. Notice the trees, farm house, outbuildings, and oil-well derricks. In one of the images, a Ford pickup truck can be seen on Los Nietos road, crossing the drainage ditch by the adjacent trestle. The trestle, drainage ditch,and the pickup are long gone, but the road still dips a little.  To this 82 year old man, the place where I grew up exists only in photographs and my tattered memory. My world has faded away as “progress” marches forward. I sometimes wonder if we are better off now.

There is one thing that has not changed. The railroad employees are just as friendly now as then. All one needs to find this out is to respect the railroad craftsmanship of the employees and the property of their employers.

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CHEYENNE AND LARAMIE ROUNDHOUSES ABOUT 1965

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The Cheyenne images were obtained on a Sunday afternoon. We were staying at a motel nearby and I decided to walk over to the engine terminal and look around. I did not see even one UPRR employee; I apparently was the only person there. It was somewhat erie.

We had stopped at Laramie on the way to Cheyenne and I made these images of the roundhouse area from the pedestrian overpass. It was a sad sight to behold.

As I sit here, musing over my feelings of sadness upon witnessing the demolition of the UPRR Laramie steam engine servicing facilities, I am amazed at the present day, modern, railroad the Union Pacific has become. I suppose this is, in part, due to my age, which has allowed me to experience both the old and new UPRR railroads. I sometimes feel fortunate to have seen the old and the new, then I remember I won’t see as much of the future as I would like. Well, that’s life.

The Old Machinist

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