Author Archives: THE OLD MACHINIST

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.

UNION PACIFIC PHOTOGRAPHS

 

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UPRR 6900’s

  These are photographs I made of 6900’s at East Yard in Los Angeles, Ogden and Sacramento many years ago.

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MORNING STEAM-UP AT CHAMA

  These are images of the preparations of the locomotives used for a snow plowing train at Chama, New Mexico. I do not recall the exact date, but I believe they were taken in the 1980’s. The C&TS RR opened … Continue reading

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PFE ICE DOCK

These are images scanned from my 1969 Salt Lake City slides. This is a standard PFE ice dock. It is long gone. Click to enlarge images.  

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THE AT&SF DEPOT AT SANTA FE SPRINGS

The AT&SF depot building, formerly located at the Santa Fe Springs station, is long gone. However, a replica depot was built for display in a park within the City of Santa Fe Springs, California as part of a railroad exhibit. It … Continue reading

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A DISTANT MEMORY OF A PARK LOCOMOTIVE

I took a series of photographs of this “park” locomotive operating near Whittier Narrows, in an amusement park, in 1964. I think it is a relic of the Venice, California canal railroad, ca 1915. I believe someone out there may … Continue reading

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