(Note: This is similar to an earlier post, but the text has been enhanced a bit and I have inserted photos that permit you to “blow-up” the images a great deal. You’ll be surprised how much more details pop from these photos!)
By B. Smith
September 24, 1974 when I chased the ATSF local from Oceanside to Escondido.
Below is a photo I took around San Marcos.
A bit further along a covered hopper was set out below.
Escondido was, and still is, the end of the line.
I don’t believe the line ever extended beyond Escondido. I’m standing at the end of track in this photo (below). A lumber yard is off to the right and was still served by rail shipments.
Below (next two pictures), a short spur ran to a ramp, probably to unload farm machinery. I don’t know why the tank cars are over on that spur. The tank cars are spotted next to an irrigation supply company, not sure what product was in them. I do remember learning that irrigation in the S. California area tended to build up salt in the soil. I wonder if the tank cars brought in something to neutralize the salt.
The local arrived having already run around a car of lumber and put it ahead of the engine. One of the crew rode the point by sitting on the flat car. The two covered hoppers on the right are loads awaiting room on the unloading tracks next to the silos. They will be spotted for unloading by today’s train.
Two GP-35s were the power today.
Of course, trains still had cabooses in 1974.
The load of lumber was spotted first, the covered hoppers were then spotted by the colorful silos and empties pulled, the SP box was left on the stub end track by the station which served as a team track.
The train ready to return to Oceanside. Six empty covered hoppers and a caboose barely fit in the run around track so the engines could get to the head end.
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