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Fifties Flashback: Southern Pacific F Units

May 10, 2012

Another installment of EMD F-units operating on the Southern Pacific in California during the 1950’s:

First up is SP Train #52, the southbound San Joaquin Daylight, at Walong, CA (Tehachapi Loop) on March 16, 1958. Train 52 departed San Francisco at 0800 and was scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles Union Station at 2200, covering 483 miles in 14 hours.

Southern Pacific train 52,  the San Joaquin Daylight passenger train at Walong CA in 1958

Next up is a view of the ready tracks at Taylor Yard on May 21, 1954, with 5 sets of Black Widow liveried F-units ready to go. Note, at right,  the two Baldwin switchers sporting  fresh Halloween colors.

Ready track at Southern pacific taylor Yard with F-units and Baldwin switchers

What a glorious time to be wandering around Southern California with Kodachrome in your camera…

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