Wye The Power at 47
I wasn’t there when the Southern Pacific El Paso roundhouse foreman gave instructions to the hostler, but I suspect the conversation went something like this:
“Wye the power at 47”.
This is how that task looked through the lens of my first 35mm camera, a Minolta SRT-202.
Tower 47 interlocking is just west of downtown El Paso. It’s where the SP/Rock Island Golden State route joined the Sunset Route.
As this junction was adjacent to the El Paso diesel plant, it was a convenient spot to turn locomotives in preparation for their next trip.