Quiet old soldiers in the battle “to keep the lights on.”

I love these photos.  I admire the way this hopper (UP 39953) goes back and forth, day in and day out, keeping our lights on.

What great compositions…

UP 39953  Brigham City UT Feb 23 2006

UP 39953 at Brigham City UT February 23 2006. ©photo by R.J. Sorensen http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/rspicture.aspx?id=30443

UP 39953 at Brigham City UT Feb 23 2006. ©photo by R.J. Sorensen http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/rspicture.aspx?id=30443

UP 39953 at Brigham City UT June 9 2005. ©photo by R.J. Sorensen http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/rspicture.aspx?id=30443

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Golden Age of Beer

You may have noticed that I write about beer from time to time.  I am not an alcoholic and certainly don’t condone excessive consumption, but I do enjoy a cold brew or two.  I am particularly interested in the interface between the rail industry and beer production as some of my earlier posts explored–see here for just one of them.

Coors Brewery in Golden Colorado.

Coors Brewery in Golden Colorado.

There has been a close relationship between the two industries.  At one time, a large percentage of beer was shipped by rail.  While rail is used less for delivery throughout the nation, the raw materials are often brought in by rail to the larger breweries and some medium sized breweries as well.

Miller Brewery in Irwindale, California.

Miller Brewery in Irwindale, California.

Covered hoppers bringing in ingrediants at the Shiner brewery in Shiner, TX in 2011.  --photo by C Hunt

Covered hoppers bringing in ingredients at the Shiner brewery in Shiner, TX in 2011. –photo by C Hunt

I am making this rail link only to give me an excuse to write about what I really want to share, advertisements from the golden age of brewing in the United States.  The brewing companies really knew how to make great ads that were often fun, sometimes used subtle sex-appeal or resonated with the desire of men to be outdoors (or at least see themselves that way).

Below is a collection of some of my favorites.  (If your thinking this isn’t very rail oriented, remember my tag line, “AND A RIDICULOUS AMOUNT OF OTHER STUFF.”)

What a manly ambiance PBR evoked!

What a manly ambiance PBR evoked with this one!

Old school, but nice!

Old school, but nice!

That's an attractive bunch of folks.  Drinking Ballantine apparently enhances your looks.

That’s an attractive bunch of folks. Drinking Ballantine apparently enhances your looks.

More manliness.  Makes me want to grab a Hamm's and warm up at the fire too.

More manliness. Makes me want to grab a Hamm’s and warm up at the fire too.  I can almost smell the fish on the fire!

The National Beer of Baltimore!  Ninety percent of Natty Bo's sales are in the Balitimore area even today.

The National Beer of Baltimore! Ninety percent of Natty Bo’s sales are in the Baltimore area even today.

Notice the high heels.  Subtle, but very effective.

Notice the heels. Subtle, but effective.

Here's a Texas beauty wanting to hand you an ice cold Shiner.  As they say, "Nothing is finer than an ice cold Shiner!"

Here’s a Texas beauty wanting to hand you an ice cold Shiner. As they say, “Nothing is finer than an ice cold Shiner!”

If only you drank Genny's beer, you'd have a sweetheart waiting to give you a beer.

If only you drank Genny’s beer, you’d have a sweetheart waiting to give you one.

Great ads…I may just have to go find a cold one myself.

Destination — Pecos, Texas, 1970 and 80s…(or to the set of “The Last Picture Show?”) (Part II)

Now we are going to focus on the hometown railroad of Pecos, the Pecos Valley Southern.

Our ace photographer was there to capture it in the 1970 and 80s.

Below are images he captured in 1980 around the City of Pecos.  Pecos had been the site of an airbase in WWII.  Some of it was re-purposed to support industry after the war.

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Spurs at the old air base. ©B. Smith photo

 

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Drilling mud, anhydrous ammonia, and something augured unloaded on these tracks. ©B. Smith photo

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Team track in Pecos. The gondola is lettered for Conrail. Old airbase buildings that were leased out to various companies are in the back ground. ©B. Smith photo

Above represents West Texas railroading to a “t” in the 1970s–one boxcar here, a covered hopper or two there, a gondola here, etc.  It featured a lot of one or two car shipments.  We will see more of that as we venture further south in the next post.

South of Pecos sits a quarry which has been at various times a very important source of traffic for the railroad.  Below are images our photographer captured around the quarry in the late 1970s.  It remains today today but has changed sides of the highway since these photos.

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Lots of MP, TP, C&EI reporting marks on the hoppers in the 70’s in Pecos. ©B. Smith photo

Note the C&EI reporting marks.

C&IE #587783 and 522363 coming to the quarry. ©B. Smith photo

 

Shoving cars across the highway to the old gravel plant.

Shoving cars across the highway to the old gravel plant. ©B. Smith photo

 

Shoving empties into the old gravel plant.  Note the TP hopper two cars ahead.

Shoving empties into the old gravel plant. Note the Texas and Pacific hopper two cars ahead. ©B. Smith photo

Next post we will venture further south to a part of the PVS that for the most part no longer exists towards Saragosa and Balmorhea.

 

A seventies slug in Carlsbad…(Photo of the week)

Here is a picture of an F7B in Carlsbad, New Mexico in 1978.

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F7B slug in Carlsbad, 1978 ©B Smith photo

On a “slug” unit, the prime movers have been removed and replaced with heavy weight, such as blocks of cement.   Just the traction motors remain and they get power from another locomotive.  They increase the tractive capacity of the accompanying locomotive.

These slugs would have passed thorough Roswell prior to the 1990s.  F units slugs were no longer used by the 1990s.