Rail Memories, Part III

Last couple of posts, I shared some vignettes or scenes that evoke special memories that I may seek to at least partially evoke through modelling in the future (somehow).  This post will share a few more.

Lots of carload traffic and small scale shipping!

Warehouses along Griggs Road on SP August of 1978 –©photo by C. E. Hunt

BN #198570 and L&N #91891 Warehouses along Griggs Road in Houston, TX on SP August of 1978 –©photo by C. E. Hunt

I really miss seeing a car or two spotted next to warehouses and factories across the landscape.  You can still find some of this across the country, but Class I railroads have really tried to minimize this form of traffic.  Many short lines and regional railroads still embrace smaller shippers and offer an opportunity to see this type of traffic.

ICG flat with tires February 1980 –©photo by C. E. Hunt

ICG flat with tires February 1980 –©photo by C. E. Hunt

ICG #920251 holds a load of tires and other items.  A single car that will be spotted somewhere cruising through a freight yard in Houston.

Picture taken from Dallas Holiday Inn, August 1980.  Note double boxcar being unloaded to left.  DFW from hotel note double boxcar being unloaded to left–©photo by C. E. Hunt

Picture taken from Dallas Holiday Inn, August 1980. Note double boxcar being unloaded to left. –©photo by C. E. Hunt

At one time, tracks were almost everywhere in urban settings.  It was great seeing tracks weave around urban settings with numerous businesses receiving a box car or two.  If you study the 1980 scene of Dallas above, you can see tracks in the distance and a single Southern boxcar spotted for unloading.

Close-up --Note southern boxcar.

Close-up –Note Southern boxcar.

These scenes were so common, that I failed to note their significance and deliberately record them.

Frisco in Ashdown, AR August 1978 –©photo by C. E. Hunt

Frisco in Ashdown, AR August 1978 –©photo by C. E. Hunt

Here is a perfect example.  When I recorded this scene in Ashdown, AR in 1978, I failed to take a picture of a Detroit, Toledo and Ironton boxcar (of all things) spotted at the business to the right.

You can still find a little of this type of traffic on Class I railroads such as the post I wrote last year on one of my favorite spurs in Texas.  Not all my rail memories are from the late 1970s!

Centerbean flat I ran into in Weimer, TX in 2008 on the Union Pacific. –©photo by C. E. Hunt

Molasses operation at Fowlkes Cattle Company in Marfa, TX November 10, 2007  –©photo by C. E. Hunt

Flat in Weimar Oct2005

Centerbeam flat I ran into in Weimer, TX in December 2008 on the Union Pacific waiting to be unloaded. –©photo by C. E. Hunt

 Loads of lumber delivered to Dodson Lumber in Roswell, NM on July 24 2008–©photo by C. E. Hunt


Loads of lumber delivered to Dodson Lumber in Roswell, NM on July 24 2008 on the Southwestern Railway–©photo by C. E. Hunt

40-foot boxcars

L&N 40 foot boxcar and Northern Pacific boxcar on Missouri Pacific freight leaving Mykawa Yard in January 1979 –©photo by C. E. Hunt

L&N 40-foot boxcar on Missouri Pacific freight leaving Mykawa Yard in January 1979.  (Shadow of my 15 year-old self in foreground) –©photo by C. E. Hunt

I now look back and realize how special these scenes of 40-foot boxcars are.  This was the closing days of forty footers across the nation.  Within five years, catching a 40-foot boxcar would be very rare.  Wish I’d known that when I was out there taking pictures.  I did manage to catch a few of them.

ATSF 40-foot boxcar and possible Maine Central 40 footer as well on Missouri Pacific freight leaving Mykawa Yard Nov 1978–©photo by C. E. Hunt

ATSF 40-foot boxcar and possible Maine Central 40 footer as well on Missouri Pacific freight leaving Mykawa Yard Nov 1978–©photo by C. E. Hunt

ATSF 40 footer on MP freight  near Texarkana, TX in August 1978. –©photo by C. E. Hunt

ATSF 40 footer on MP freight near Texarkana, TX in August 1978. –©photo by C. E. Hunt

40 foot Rock Island boxcar on Burlington Northern freight Houston May 1980. –©photo by C. E. Hunt

40-foot Rock Island boxcar on Burlington Northern freight Houston May 1980. –©photo by C. E. Hunt

Southern 40 foot boxcar on ATSF freight on Claremont St in Houston Tx in May 1980.–©photo by C. E. Hunt

Southern 40-foot boxcar on Claremont St in Houston Tx in May 1980.–©photo by C. E. Hunt

The initial picture in the post above (BN and L&N forty footers) also illustrates the beloved 40 footer.

Next post will focus on team tracks and diversity of road names.

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