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

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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.

Simple pleasure of watching a grain train go by and playing detective…

Happy New Year to all!

In the last few days, a friend of mine caught a number of grain trains in Kansas and Nebraska.  He shared these great pictures.  Follow along as we “sleuth out” the original owners of these covered hoppers.  (All of these photos were taken by R. Houtwed.)

Now Northwestern Oklahoma RR, but was originally marked for the Chicago and Northwestern Railway.

Now Northwestern Oklahoma RR, but was originally marked for the Chicago and Northwestern Railway.

Former Rock Island.  The Rock went bankrupt in 1980, but hear is a clear reminder of a once great railroad.

Former Rock Island. The Rock went bankrupt in 1980, but here is a clear reminder of a once great railroad.

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Formerly owned by “Growth Nonstock Co-op.” Feels like something is missing!

Formerly owned by the Bunge Corporation.

Formerly owned by the Bunge Corporation.

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Former Union Equity. These were originally very attractive bold yellow cars with Emerald green writing.

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Formerly Ralston Jefferson. Tangent recently did a nice HO-scale replica of these cars.

Very nice specimen of a former Far-Post Elevator hopper.

Very nice specimen of a former Far-Post Coop hopper.

One of my favorites, a former Denver and Rio Grande Western RR covered hopper with "ghost" writing.

One of my favorites, a former Denver and Rio Grande Western RR covered hopper with “ghost” writing.

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Former Farmers Marketing Association car.

Lastly, a mystery car…

Can you tell us who the original owner of these car was?

Can you tell us who the original owner of this car was?

The next time you see a grain train pass, see if you can identify the original owner of the patched cars.

Have a great 2015!

A classic! (and many more of them out there)

Recently, Tangent released a PS4750 decorated for the Chicago and Northwestern (ex-Rock).  It is a gorgeous car that has already sold out, but Rock Island versions are still available.  Many other road names are also still available.  I purchased a number of them for my ATSF in Roswell layout  .

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B. Smith has already weathered his.  Here was his prototype model.

CNW #752383 (ex_Rock) in Altoona, PA on May 17 1989.  Photo by Karl Geffchen, courtesy of http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/

CNW #752383 (ex-Rock) in Altoona, PA on May 17 1989. Photo by Karl Geffchen, courtesy of http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/

Here is the unweathered version.

Unweathered version.

Unweathered version.

Here is the weathered version.

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Now B. Smith is able to evoke a ROCK heritage car on his 1990s layout.

Just as it was in the 1990s, the rails are full of great modelling opportunities today.  Both of the cars below were recently produced by Exactrail.  With a little modification, they’d be right at home on a layout based in 2014.

KYLE #27134 near Fort Scott, Kansas, August 2014 ©photo by Robert Houtwed.

KYLE #27134 (ex-Louis Dreyfus)  near Fort Scott, Kansas, August 2014 ©photo by Robert Houtwed.

Here is an Exactrail car that is still available–

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Here is one of these now running the rails in Kansas in 2014–

KO #20951 (ex-Aberdeen and Rockfish) near Fort Scott, Kansas, August 2014 ©photo by Robert Houtwed.

KO #20951 (ex-Aberdeen and Rockfish) near Fort Scott, Kansas, August 2014 ©photo by Robert Houtwed.

 Have fun patching and weathering!