Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Trains in Oakridge in 1996

Southern Pacific SD70M #9818 in Oakridge, Oregon, in 1996

As the summer of 1996 came to an end, I took these train pictures in Oakridge, Oregon. This was shortly before the Southern Pacific was merged with the Union Pacific on September 11, 1996, making these some of the last pictures of the independent Southern Pacific.

Southern Pacific SD70M #9818 in Oakridge, Oregon, in 1996

Southern Pacific #9818 is a 4,000-horsepower SD70M that was built by the General Motors Locomotive Group in London, Ontario, in July 1994. Southern Pacific's group of 25 SD70Ms would inspire Union Pacific to order 1,000 more following the merger.

Southern Pacific SD45R #7556 in Oakridge, Oregon, in 1996

Southern Pacific #7556 was originally built by the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors in May 1967 as a 3,600-horsepower SD45. It was originally numbered Southern Pacific #8920. On October 28, 1985, it was upgraded at Southern Pacific's Sacramento Shops to an SD45R and was renumbered to Southern Pacific #7556. It was the first of five SD45R's to receive the  red-and-yellow "Kodachrome" paint scheme of the proposed Southern Pacific Santa Fe merger, which it was still wearing over a decade later, even though the merger never happened.

Southern Pacific GP38-2 #4843 in Oakridge, Oregon, in 1996

Southern Pacific #4843 is a 2,000-horsepower GP38-2 that was built by the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors in July 1980. It still featured its full Southern Pacific light package.

Southern Pacific Jordan Spreader #4047 in Oakridge, Oregon, in 1996

This piece of snowfighting equipment is Southern Pacific Jordan Spreader #4047, which was originally built in 1929 and was rebuilt in 1953. It was still in service, waiting with one of Southern Pacific's wood-bodied flangers for the snow to return to Oregon's Cascade Range.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Amtrak Talgo Pendular 200 at the Portland Union Station Centennial

Amtrak Talgo Pendular 200 at Union Station in Portland, Oregon, on May 11, 1996

Displayed at the 100th Anniversary of Union Station in Portland, Oregon, on May 11, 1996, this Spanish-built Amtrak Talgo Pendular 200 Demonstrator trainset was used between Portland and Seattle. It was the prototype of the Cascades trainsets that would eventually go into service.

Willamette & Pacific Woodchip Car #74003 at the Portland Union Station Centennial

Willamette & Pacific Woodchip Car #74003 at Union Station in Portland, Oregon

Displayed at the 100th Anniversary of Union Station in Portland, Oregon, on May 11, 1996, Willamette & Pacific Railroad #74003 is a woodchip gondola that wears a special paint scheme for D.A.R.E., Drug Abuse Resistance Education. It was originally built in 1974 for the Southern Pacific Railroad as #355220.

DLMX Nickel Plate Road RSD-5 #324 at the Portland Union Station Centennial

DLMX Nickel Plat Road RSD-5 #324 at Union Station in Portland, Oregon, on May 11, 1996

Displayed at the 100th Anniversary of Union Station in Portland, Oregon, on May 11, 1996, this Alco RSD-5 was built in November 1955 as Utah Railway #306. It was retired in May, 1982. It was sold to Industrial Salvage & Metals of Salt Lake City in November 1983 and was traded to the Promontory Chapter of the NRHS in January 1984. Doyle McCormack purchased it in October 1993 and painted it as Nickel Plate Road #324, though it actually carries the DLMX reporting mark. Nickel Plate didn't actually have any RSD-5s, but they did have the similar 4-axle RS-3s. The number 324 was an unused number on the Nickel Plate roster, between the road's Baldwin AS-16s and Alco RSD-12s.

BKSX Dome Coach #9410 at the Portland Union Station Centennial

BKSX Dome Coach #9410 at Union Station in Portland, Oregon, on May 11, 1996

Displayed at the 100th Anniversary of Union Station in Portland, Oregon, on May 11, 1996, BKSX Dome Coach #9410 was built by the Budd Company in 1955 as Great Northern #1331 for the Empire Builder. It was assigned Burlington Northern #4611, but never received it before becoming Amtrak #9471. It was renumbered #9410 in January 1984 when it was converted to Head-End Power. It was retired in 1995 and sold to become a RailVentures/Montana Daylight car.

BKSX Dome Coach #9407 at the Portland Union Station Centennial

BKSX Dome Coach #9407 at Union Station in Portland, Oregon, on May 11, 1996

Displayed at the 100th Anniversary of Union Station in Portland, Oregon, on May 11, 1996, BKSX Dome Coach #9407 was built by the Budd Company in July 1954 as Northern Pacific #550 for the Vista Dome North Coast Limited. It was assigned Burlington Northern #4617, but never received it before becoming Amtrak #9477. It was renumbered #9407 in October 1983 when it was converted to Head-End Power. It was sold to become a RailVentures/Montana Daylight car, receiving BKSX reporting marks in May 1995, though at this point in 1996 it still gives the appearance of an Amtrak car.

BKSX Coach #4001 at the Portland Union Station Centennial

BKSX Coach #4001 at Union Station in Portland, Oregon

Displayed at the 100th Anniversary of Union Station in Portland, Oregon, on May 11, 1996, BKSX 44-Seat Coach #4001 was built by the Budd Company in 1950 as Southern Pacific #2228 for the Sunset Limited. It was also numbered 2367 and became Amtrak #4415. At this point it was being operated as a RailVentures/Montana Daylight car.