Here is part II to my series on the excitement freight yards used to generate for me. (Click here to see part I.) I loved seeing road names from all over the country–sometimes, paint schemes from lines that had disappeared 20 years before.
In addition to all the different road names, you might see some cool loads on flats cars or gondolas.
CB&Q flat Nov 1977 Photographer and location unknown. –©photo C. E. Hunt Collection
ICG flat with tires February 1980, Houston, TX –©photo by C. E. Hunt
The thing I liked the best were seeing cars from all my favorites, such as the Burlington, Great Northern, Northern Pacific, Rio Grande and Milwaukee Road…
CB&Q boxcar, November 1977, photographer and location unknown. –©photo C. E. Hunt Collection
GN 138489, La Crosse WI 1988, photo by Donald C. Stewart–©photo C. E. Hunt Collection (OK, it’s a little after the late 1970s but a great shot nonetheless!)
GN 37612, October 1978, Photographer and location unknown, –©photo C. E. Hunt Collection
NP 5583, 1977, photographer location unknown.–©photo C. E. Hunt Collection
MILW 4178, Oct 1978 by Roger Bee, location unknown. –©photo C. E. Hunt Collection
I also enjoyed watching locomotives, often small switch engines labor back and forth to get cars on the right track.
SP #2300 at Settegast Yard November 1978–©photo by C. E. Hunt
A few more freight car shots and more locomotives at work in yards in part III.