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.
Below, 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. Today a pool supply company is located next to that spur. Could these be chlorine cars? They don’t look like chlorine tank cars.
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.
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.
Today this line still exists. The area along the entire line has been turned into housing and the line hosts the Sprinter Light Rail system, but amazingly, the business with all the colorful silos is still there, and rail served. The station is gone as is the ramp spur track. Many photos over the years by Steve Vincent on railcarphotos.com are taken at this industry. One can enter “Escondido” and “CA” here to see them.
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