E-UNITS OF THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD

THIS PHOTOGRAPH OF THE RESTORED 942 WAS TAKEN THE DAY BEFORE THE U.P.R.R. EMPLOYEE'S ANNUAL PICNIC.

THIS PHOTOGRAPH OF THE RESTORED 942 WAS TAKEN THE DAY BEFORE THE U.P.R.R. EMPLOYEE’S ANNUAL PICNIC.

MY OLD SLIDES DATE FROM  1962.

MY SLIDES,  AHEM,  MY COLLECTION OF SLIDES HAS BEEN COLLECTING DUST AND SPIDERS FOR SEVERAL DECADES BECAUSE THE EFFORT NEEDED TO GET THEM ORGANIZED INTO RATIONAL SETS AND THEN SHOWING THEM SEEMED OVERWHELMING DURING THAT TIME. BUT THIS RETIRED “MEMBER OF THE TECHNICAL STAFF” FINALLY RECOGNIZED THE OBVIOUS; COMPUTERS ARE CAPABLE OF NEGATING THE “OVERWHELMING” PART OF THE TASK AND I OUGHT TO GET OFF THE DIME AND START. WELL,  I STARTED AND THESE IMAGES ARE THE FIRST OF MANY TO COME.

THESE ARE IMAGES OF THE EMD E-UNITS USED BY THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD AS THE MOTIVE POWER FOR MOST OF THEIR NAMED PASSENGER TRAINS. THEY WERE USED THUS UNTIL THE END OF PASSENGER SERVICE BY THE UPRR.  AT THAT TIME, THE UPRR STARTED DISPOSING OF THEIR E-UNITS AND SOME ENDED THEIR SERVICE DOING THE HARD LABOR OF REGIONAL COMMUTER TRAINS.  SORT OF LIKE A RACE HORSE PULLING THE TOWN JITNEY.  SO IT WAS FOR ONE OF THE E8 MODEL E-UNITS OF THE UPRR, THE 942,  AS SHE IS KNOWN EVEN TODAY. YES, I SAID TODAY BECAUSE SHE WAS FOUND,  RUSTED BUT UNBOWED,  BY SOME OF MY COHORTS AT THE ORANGE EMPIRE RAILROAD MUSEUM AND THESE  “WUNDERKIND OF RUST AND ELECTRICAL SHORTS” FIXED THE RUST AND SHORTS AND GAVE THE 942 LIFE AGAIN.  HER COMING OUT PARTY WAS THE ANNUAL UPRR EMPLOYEES PICNIC AND WHAT A DAY THAT WAS FOR THE “WUNDERKIND”  OF OERM. THE OLD MACHINIST SPENT THE DAY LISTENING TO THE UNMISTAKABLE CHANT OF THOSE TWIN DIESEL ENGINES AS THE 942 PULLED OUR, ALL ARMOUR YELLOW, FIVE CAR VERSION OF THE “CITY OF LOS ANGELES”,  A SOUND I HAD NOT HEARD FOR MANY YEARS.  SO, I DEDICATE THIS,  MY FIRST POST TO THIS NEW BLOG, TO THE “WUNDERKIND” OF OERM.

About THE OLD MACHINIST

I am 82 years old and wed for 65 years. I am a retired engineer and spent 35 years developing INS gyroscopes. I am a High School mentor in physics, mountaineer, model builder, machinist and have a degree in Physics. My interests include railroad history and photography, science history, cosmology, interesting people, and old engineering drawings. I place a high value on my friendships. I enjoy life and am looking forward to the future with my usual sense of anticipation and curiosity.
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3 Responses to E-UNITS OF THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD

  1. Ed says:

    Fantastic photos, thank you for sharing them. My grandfather was a U.P. Engineer and I have been a low level rail fan for a long time.

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