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Before Passenger Trains Were Pariahs

April 6, 2014

I came across this beautiful 1956 shot of SP PA 6006 receiving some TLC at the West Oakland roundhouse.

I’m struck with the amount of work that’s being put into bathing the unit. It’s apparent that the SP hasn’t thrown in the towel yet on its passenger train service. I wonder if any of these laborers have any inkling about the dramatic changes in store for the SP’s passenger trains?


Not only did the railroads change their attitude about passenger trains. Workplace safety practices have also changed dramatically over the years. What current safety violations do you see taking place in this image?


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