Category Archives: HISTORICAL PICTURES

THE OLD MACHINIST’S FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPHS FOR NOW

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THESE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE FROM MY COLLECTION OF COLOR SLIDES. THE SELECTION WAS BASED ON NOTHING MORE THAN I LIKE THEM. I SCANNED THE SLIDES USING A plustek 7600i SCANNER WITH VueScan SOFTWARE. THE ONLY IMAGE CORRECTION DURING SCANNING WAS WHITE … Continue reading

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SOMETHING DOES NOT LOOK RIGHT; BETTER CHECK IT OUT.

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It was 1968 and my Wife’s brother was home on leave. We had decided to show Joe a little bit of the high desert in the Antelope Valley area and we were headed home in the late afternoon when I … Continue reading

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THE EVOLUTION OF THE CAJON PASS SUMMIT AREA

If you are a Southern California railfan, you know of the railroad route that goes from San Bernardino to Victorville via Cajon Pass. To the railfan-photographer it is known as an area of many locales for very dramatic pictures. To … Continue reading

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AN EXAMPLE OF USEFUL LONGEVITY

My wife and I recently rode the C&TS R.R. from Chama to Osier and back. Our train’s locomotive was the 484. On more a hope than a hunch, I looked at my 1965 slides of the then D&RGW R.R.. Sure … Continue reading

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“A PICTURE IS WORTH 10,000 WORDS”

       Click to enlarge I and a railroad fan friend of mine burned some vacation time in Utah photographing the 1969 Gold Spike 100th. Anniversary celebration. The high-point for me was the daily run of the 8444 between Ogden … Continue reading

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IT WAS A SAD, SAD SIGHT; LITTLE DID I KNOW!

When I photographed the 4466 in 1966, I thought the locomotive was headed to the scrapyard. It was a sad sight to behold sitting there in the weeds and old cinders. Little did I know! I next crossed paths with the 4466 … Continue reading

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THE LAST UPRR PASSENGER TRAIN

The Union Pacific Railroad has a long and proud history of operating premier passenger trains. But alternate modes of public travel became available in the 1920 era and ridership of passenger trains of all U.S. railroads began a slow decline. This … Continue reading

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LAYING CONCRETE TIES AT CAJON PASS SUMMIT

My wife and I went for a “Sunday drive” to see the sights and we ended up at  the overlook at Cajon Pass Summit in the early morning, whereupon we were surprised to see this strange contraption sitting on the mainline. … Continue reading

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FIRE ON SHERMAN GRADE

IN 1967 WE WERE ON A VACATION TRIP TO RIDGEFARM, ILLINOIS AND STAYING THE NIGHT IN CHEYENNE AT A MOTEL ACROSS THE STREET FROM TOWER A (A FOAMERS DREAM SPOT). WE DECIDED TO GO ON AN EVENING DRIVE WEST ON … Continue reading

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