A trip to the freight yard in the late 1970s, part III

In the last post, I indicated I’d share a few more freight car shots and more locomotives at work in yards in part III.

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ATSF and SP boxcars, November 1977, photographer and location unknown. –©photo C. E. Hunt Collection

What an iconic ATSF car above.  Those catches made the trip to the freight worth it alone!

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GN and CB&Q boxcar, November 1977, photographer and location unknown. –©photo C. E. Hunt Collection

Catching a Great Northern and Burlington car together?   Didn’t get much better than that!

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SL-SF #00172, photographer and location unknown. –©photo C. E. Hunt Collection

Another of my personal favorites, the Frisco.

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Houston, Belt and Terminal working Mykawa Yard, Houston, Texas, November 1978–©photo by C. E. Hunt

However, the engines working the yards were very appealing as well.  There was something about watching a SW-1500 or even a SW-7 chugging back and forth showing their hard work with a reverberation and grey plume from time to time…

I loved these little work horses!

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HB&T #54 coming onto Griggs Road, Houston, Texas, November 1978–©photo by C. E. Hunt

Moving back and forth to assemble trains.  It really made freight yards a “living” thing.

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SP #2300 at Settegast Yard, Houston, Texas November 1978–©photo by C. E. Hunt

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Rock Island GP #4543 at Settegast Yard, Houston, Texas, May 1980–©photo by C. E. Hunt

A bonus of growing up in Houston in the late 1970s.  I got to witness the closing days of the Rock!

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Rock Island GP #4458 at Settegast Yard, May 1980–©photo by C. E. Hunt

ATSF possibly at Sentagast Yard Nov 1978

ATSF locomotive possibly at Settegast Yard, November 1978.  (I have no clue what type of locomotive it was.  Rebuild? Help me solve this mystery) –©photo by C. E. Hunt

These were the days!  This concludes this series.  I hope you enjoyed this journey into the excitement of “old school” freights yards as much as I did.

Note:  If you enjoyed this series, please check out my sales efforts on eBay (click here).  I am continuing to sell my “non-1981” appropriate or excess items to pay for this site. (slides, scanner, etc.).  I way overbought for the size of my Rails West layout. Please share my Rails West site and my eBay site with a friend.  Thanks! 

By the way, I am working on another structure, Hernandez Distributing.  More to come on that.

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2 thoughts on “A trip to the freight yard in the late 1970s, part III

  1. The location you have labeled as Settegast, is actually at the north end of the PTRA (Port Terminal Railway Association) North Yard, beside Wayside DR. Settegast would have only had MoPac power, where PTRA used pooled power from it’s 5 owners (SP, ATSF, CRIP, CBQ, and MoPac). Rock Island and Burlington came into south Texas as the “Joint Line” and ran under the FW&D (Fort Worth and Denver) Name. The Santa Fe 1460 was the only SWBLW (also known as a “Beep”) This was a creation of the Cleburne Shops. After the CF7 program wrapped up, management wanted to see if it would be feasible to repower non EMD equipment with EMD prime movers (including hoods so it would fit) and trucks. After only one try, it was determined too expensive (working the cast Baldwin frame to accept the EMD prime mover was a large part) no others were produced.

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