Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Our "Special Guest" is non other than Ken Martinez again, who has changed things up a little bit this time. He lives up in the general San Francisco-ish part of California, and was lucky enough to visit the Sacramento State Railroad Museum. As he said regarding the pictures, "….they're not vintage, but they are pics of vintage stuff". My appreciation of old trains has grown over the years (at least in part due to the Disneyland RR) - maybe it's a "guy thing".
This first picture shows (in Ken's words), "…a Union Pacific No. 4466 Lima 1920 0-6-0 type steam locomotive built in October 1920 for the Union Pacific Railroad to perform switching chores and transfer runs. Most of its history was spent as a shop switcher. A switcher is used for delivering or picking up railcars outside of a railroad yard." Ken provided a link to see it in action - click HERE.
The next two images "… feature the Dining Car No. 1474 Cochiti. The dining car was ordered and built for a Santa Fe passenger train in 1936. It was one in a set of eight cars for a new lightweight streamlined steel train known as the Super Chief that ran between Los Angeles and Chicago".
Wow, I can't imagine having to prepare entire meals (probably consisting of several courses) in this cramped little kitchen that rocked back and forth!
Ken continues, "The Cochiti diner car was considered to be one of the best in the railroad passenger dining experience. (It) was named for an old Indian-Spanish pueblo, located on the Rio Grande about 30 miles southwest of Santa Fe". Looks pretty elegant, doesn't it?
And last (but not least - in fact its my favorite) is this image that, "… features a Western Pacific No. 913 GM-EMD 1950 F7A. It was a 1,500 horsepower (1,100 kw) diesel electric locomotive produced between February 1949 and December 1953 by the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors and General Motors Diesel. Although promoted as a freight-hauling unit, it was also utilized for passenger service hauling such trains as the 'Super Chief' and 'El Capitan' ". Isn't it a beauty? For those of you thinking about knitting a scarf for me, orange is my favorite color.
Many thanks to Ken Martinez for sharing these photos, and for spending the time to include all of the relevant information that accompanied the pix! I hope I can make it up to the Sacramento State Train Museum someday, but until then, these photos are pretty neat. And there are a few more to come - featuring vintage toy trains!