The San Fernando Valley inside of and adjacent to Los Angeles has a rich history. A number of Indian tribes lived there prior to the arrival of the Spanish in 1769. Missions dotted the landscape. The Valley became part of United States in the late 1840s. The Southern Pacific arrived in the 1870s. Wheat and other commodities produced in the Valley were important sources of traffic. Overtime, the SP spread across the Valley.
About a hundred years later, my friend B. Smith was on hand to see how things were going.
Unknown date in early 1972 (All captions by B. Smith)
Today’s local. Trains ran daily in 1972.—©photo by B. Smith
The #2617 was the regular as you shall see…
Bakery still using rail, though no covered hoppers this day.–©photo B. Smith
SP’s San Fernando Valley branch had many building supply firms served by sidings and team tracks. All inbound loads, outbound empties.–©photo B. Smith
The old Van Nuys freight station is now leased as as a warehouse when this photo was taken. I believe carpeting was being stored in it for a local business. –©photo B. Smith
A short siding for a building supply firm with a UP box car, with roof walk, spotted for unloading. –©photo B. Smith
A view of the ready mix concrete business that received rail shipments. –©photo B. Smith
SP’s San Fernando Valley local that ran from Burbank to Chatsworth. There were a number of lumber and building supply sidings, a bakery, a warehouse that received furniture, and team tracks. –©photo B. Smith
Team track in Reseda. –©photo B. Smith
Team track. –©photo B. Smith
Team track in Van Nuys, CA. May 1973 –©photo B. Smith
Sadly, the tracks have been removed, probably in the 1980’s, and the right of way is now an express rapid transit bus line. –©photo B. Smith
I can just see a Rockford Files episode being filmed here the next year when its production began in 1974. I can almost make out Jimbo’s orange-gold Pontiac Firebird Esprit on stakeout in a couple of these photos.