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

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.

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CB&Q flat Nov 1977 Photographer and location unknown. –©photo C. E. Hunt Collection

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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…

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

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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!)

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GN 37612, October 1978, Photographer and location unknown, –©photo C. E. Hunt Collection

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NP 5583, 1977, photographer location unknown.–©photo C. E. Hunt Collection

MILWAUKEE 4178 50' BOX CAR Oct 1978 by Roger Bee purchase from him July 2016

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.

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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.

 

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

As a kid, I found it thrilling to go to freight yards.  You never knew what you’d see.  I recently purchased these slides because they reminded me of the feeling I had as a kid upon visiting the ol’ freight yard.  Hope you enjoy seeing them too.

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NP 5583 1977 photographer and location unknown, —©photo, C. E. Hunt Collection

I love this photo.  Three of my favorite railroads all together. The location is unknown but the date is 1977.  I imagine the location is California, but the seller did not know for sure.  For the purposes of this blog, it doesn’t completely matter.  I just wanted to help readers re-live the old school excitement of visiting the freight yard.

Freight Yard ATSF-Seaboard Boxcar Nov 1977 Bought from JD Gratz Aug 2016 Photog unknown

ATSF-Seaboard Boxcar Nov 1977 photographer and location unknown, —©photo, C. E. Hunt Collection

You have to love the variety and the billboard lettering.  For me, the late 1970s and early 1980s is the golden era of railroading.  I recently saw a similar Seaboard boxcar spotted in a late-1970s Rockford Files episode.  I wrote a post on it.  Click here to see it.

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SOO Line 85′ TTX Flat 5723 Topeka KS, Dec 9 1978  by John C Benson, –©photo, C. E. Hunt Collection

I loved seeing a few piggyback loads in many consists.  Somehow, it was more interesting to have just a few scattered in the consist versus a whole train of piggybacks and containers.  Note the beautiful L&N 40 footer!  (As a kid, about 1977, I also remember the thrill of seeing a lone Rock Island stock car in a consist in Houston.)

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GN Boxcar Nov 1977 Photographer and location–©photo, C. E. Hunt Collection

To close Part I, enjoy this image of a GN box car in the fading glow of the day.  I can just hear my dad say,  “C’mon, it’s getting too dark.”

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Note:  I have had a few readers ask about the sales component of Rails West (click here).  Over the last year of so, I have sold a number of items from my HO collection.  I do that for four reasons–

  1. To raise funds to purchase the scanner and some slides (including the above slides) to supplement my 1978-1981 slide collection (that I personally shot).
  2. Purchase a few additional era-appropriate cars and engines for my 1981 era Rail West layout.
  3. Sell items that are too new for the layout, and
  4. Have a collection that is more appropriately sized, given the size of my layout.  (In other words, I bought too damn much stuff!)

I am trying to keep Rails West and this site close to “break even.”  

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In part II, I’ll share a few more gems from the late 1970s.