San Fernando Valley Branch, 1973 (Part II)

In an earlier post, I shared B. Smith’s excellent coverage SP action in the San Fernando Valley in the early 1970s.  In this post, we will drill down a little further into the nuts and bolts of the line’s operations again in the early 1970s with a few new photos, maps and field notes made by B. Smith as he documented the line in 1972.  This will be very useful for people interested in modelling the line and give the rest of us food for thought as to how many lines operated in the 1970s and somewhat beyond.

Here’s an overview map to start (Each of the boxes will have detailed maps and field notes to follow.  All the photos were taken July 20, 1972 and copyright B. Smith)–

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North Hollywood

Let’s head east to west and visit a little around the North Hollywood area to start.

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The San Fernando Valley Branch as it travels up the center of Chandler Blvd. in North Hollywood.  Looking east from near Laurel Canyon Blvd.

San Fernando Valley Branch passing under the Hollywood Freeway.  Facing west.

San Fernando Valley Branch passing under the Hollywood Freeway.  Facing west.

Noth Hollyhood Maps

Map of North Hollywood area.

Notes North Hollywood improved

B. Smith’s field notes on North Hollywood.  (The letters correspond to locations on the maps.)

North Hollywood map area, looking west with Lankershim Blvd in the immediate foreground.  he North Hollywood team track is just the other side of Lankershim on the right i

North Hollywood map area, looking west with Lankershim Blvd in the immediate foreground.  Hendricks Builders Supply (G. on the map above) was once the North Hollywood Pacific Electric station.  The North Hollywood team track area is just the other side of Lankershim on the right in the open area.  Pameco-Aire-Refrigeration is the brick building (darker color) in the center of the picture in the distance.

North Hollywood

Car of lumber being unloaded at Blanchard Lumber in North Hollywood, May 20, 1972. Looking east toward Vineland Ave. Pacific Electric cars once ran on a track that was where the photographer is standing.

OK, let’s head west on the branch over to Van Nuys in 1972.

Van Nuys

My beautiful picture

Looking west across Hazeltine Ave. in the Van Nuys map area as the San Fernando Valley local freight train disappears down the tracks.  Modern Materials Inc. is visible to the left of the tracks.  Between Modern Material and Hazeltine is the Shell Oil Co.distributor whose spur track is no longer used and blocked with 55 gal oil drums.  The Shell Oil Distributor located here about 1926 and received rail shipments until truck shipments took over.

Van Nuys map

B. Smith’s map of Van Nuys, 1972.

Notes Encino II

B. Smith’s field notes on Van Nuys, 1972.

My beautiful picture

UP box car spotted at the Glesby Building Materials Co. spur in the Van Nuys map area. The ready-mix cement company does not receive rail shipments nor was there ever a spur track located to it. The spur track leading off to the right goes to American Forest Products, a major receiver of rail shipments with about 25 cars per month.

Heading further west, we go near the Sepulveda Dam Recreational Area.

San Fernando Valley Branch as it skirts the Sepulveda Dam Recreational Area near the intersection of Victory Blvd. and Havenhurst St.

San Fernando Valley Branch as it skirts the Sepulveda Dam Recreational Area near the intersection of Victory Blvd. and Havenhurst St.

Now easing a little further west, let’s poke around the Encino area just a bit before heading over to Reseda.

Encino

Notes Encino

B. Smith’s 1972 map of Encino.

Reseda (Tarzana)

Notes Reseda

Map of Reseda area.

Notes Reseda II

Reseda field notes.

Now let’s end this tour at the most western part of the branch around the Canoga Park area.

Canoga Park

My beautiful picture

Facing south in the Canoga Park map area with Canoga Ice Co. on the left, here since 1927. Today this is a bike path and a dedicated bus route! Pyramid Pipe and Supply, which would have been behind the photographer is still in business, but everything in this photo is gone!

Canoga Park map

Canoga Park map.

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Notes on Canoga Park

My beautiful picture

Looking north on the Canoga Park map area from near Vanowen Blvd. Conrock and Skyline ready-mix concrete companies are on the right but it’s been 3 years since a load of cement or gravel has been spotted on their spur track.

Wrap up

As we wrap up our visit of SP operations in the San Fernando Valley in 1972, let me leave you with a couple of overview documents.

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The best customers of the branch.

Notes 3

Here’s the stats on the number of carloads per customer in 1972.

Again, this is an amazing gold mine for anyone interested in modelling this branch in the early 1970s.  The operations were very diverse and interesting.  It would make a fascinating layout.

Next post will feature a detailed description of switching around Tarzana on July 12, 1972.

 

 

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “San Fernando Valley Branch, 1973 (Part II)

  1. Reblogged this on Andrew's Trains – Formerly andrews-trains.fotopic.net and commented:
    Back on the 7th of December I shared Rails West’s post about the San Fernando Valley Branch. Happy day – he’s back with another installment from the memoirs of B Smith’s adventures in the area in the early 1970s. And while this is specific to those modelling the SP in the Hollywood North area, the depth of information in this article will be important to those looking to model traffic density on a freelanced layout too. Enjoy and looking forward to the next part of this article.

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