Southern Pacific Railroad
Scenes along the western region of the Southern Pacific.
I did not live near any Southern Pacific tracks until the early 1980's when my wife and I moved to Oregon. We first lived in Tualatin but that was a fairly short stay and we moved to Newberg, not far from the Publishers Paper Mill. Talk about a stink! But my job was in Newberg, so it all worked out.
At that time, the line through Newberg was used a couple of times a day by the SP. The mill took in lots of wood chips and chemicals and sent out a lot of paper, so there were a lot of wood chip cars, tank cars, and box cars interchanged in the little yard at Newberg. SD9's were the mainstay on the SP out there at that time and I really loved their appearance.
My job as a dump truck driver took me all over the Tri County area; Portland and the surrounding area, south to Woodburn, Yamhill, McMinnville, east out the Columbia Gorge a ways, west to Banks, Vernona, Forest Grove, southeast to Estacada, Boring, Molalla .... all of it served by Southern Pacific (other than the gorge) and other railroads.
SD9's ruled back then.
Later in my life I lived in the Dunsmuir / Mt. Shasta / Weed area of northern California, having moved there about a year before Union Pacific absorbed the SP. But I was still able to get quite a few good shots of SP power during the late 1990's in northern California and southern Oregon.
But, I digress. I'll try and lay these photos out in somewhat chronological order, albeit I was not good at recording dates back then and the only dates I have on a lot of them are the dates I scanned the originals, back in 2005 or so. I'm sure this will be much better than the photo gallery module I slapped in place when I first went with a mobile-friendly version of this website back in ... who knows.
Photos from 1981
Next: Southern Pacific, 1982