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Railways of the Americas

A motley collection of some images taken by me on a couple of stopovers enroute to the UK, together with some images sent to me by email correspondents. More recently, these have been augmented during a six week visit to Canada, visiting both the west and east coasts.

Canada

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Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe

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  • Date : 15 Jan 2008, catalogued 11 May 2011
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon EOS350D), image location 20080115-113141_1200x900
  • Description : Locomotive 3759, retired in 1953, and the last steam locomotive to traverse Cajon Pass, reposes in good preservation in the dry desert air of Kingman, Arizona.


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  • Date : 15 Jan 2008, catalogued 11 May 2011
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon EOS350D), image location 20080115-113158_1200x900
  • Description : Locomotive 3759, retired in 1953, and the last steam locomotive to traverse Cajon Pass, reposes in good preservation in the dry desert air of Kingman, Arizona. In this view, you can see the unique smoke management system fitted to the loco.


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  • Date : 15 Jan 2008, catalogued 11 May 2011
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon EOS350D), image location 20080115-113223_1200x900
  • Description : Locomotive 3759, retired in 1953, and the last steam locomotive to traverse Cajon Pass, reposes in good preservation in the dry desert air of Kingman, Arizona. Here we see the imposing firebox and trailing bogie.


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  • Date : 15 Jan 2008, catalogued 11 May 2011
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon EOS350D), image location 20080115-113229_1200x900
  • Description : Locomotive 3759, retired in 1953, and the last steam locomotive to traverse Cajon Pass, reposes in good preservation in the dry desert air of Kingman, Arizona. A good view of those lovely (!) boxpok wheels.


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  • Date : 15 Jan 2008, catalogued 11 May 2011
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon EOS350D), image location 20080115-113245_1200x900
  • Description : Locomotive 3759, retired in 1953, and the last steam locomotive to traverse Cajon Pass, reposes in good preservation in the dry desert air of Kingman, Arizona. If I were building this in Meccano, I could not have built a better dovetailing of compressor, injector, lateral motion controller and rear bogie.


CalTrans

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  • Date : Jan 1986
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 13645
  • Description : A rear view of one of the CalTrans push-pull suburban commuter trains.


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  • Date : Jan 1986
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 13647
  • Description : A couple of SP locos at the CalTrans depot, taken from a train heading into San Francisco.


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  • Date : Jan 1986
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 13649
  • Description : "Men at Work" says the sign: a CalTrans loco temporarily out of service.


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  • Date : Jan 1986
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 13648
  • Description : One of the Bo-Bo push-pull locos heading out of San Francisco.


Roaring Camp and Big Trees Railroad

Some comments on these images. On a trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco, I chanced upon this small re-established logging line, with this then-derelict Climax waiting around in the yard for restoration. It was the middle of January, and there was no one around, so I wasn't able to get much in the way of detail for this loco.

Since publishing these on the web, four kind correspondents have written to me with information about the place. Here's what John Haskey (johnh@@cisco.com) said (13 Oct 1999):

The three photos (below) were taken outside the engine house of the Roaring Camp and Big Trees Narrow Gauge Railroad in Felton, CA. Felton is about 75 miles south of San Francisco and about 7.5 miles north of Santa Cruz.

The railroad was founded in the late 1950's on property which had never been logged nor had a railroad. The company also owns the remains of the ex South Pacific Coast, ex Southern Pacific branch line from Los Gatos to Santa Cruz. This line (its remains) is now known as the Santa Cruz, Big Trees, & Pacific (standard gauge) and excursion trains are run during the summer.

The RCBTNGRR currently has three operational engines, a two-truck shay, a three-truck shay, and a two-truck heisler. In addition to the climax you photographed there is an 0-4-2T locomotive undergoing restoration and a two-truck shay waiting for restoration. They own three narrow gauge diesels (two are operational).

Since your photos were taken, the boiler was removed from the climax. It looks very sad today. There is a web site at www.roaringcamprr.com but it is very tourist related and doesn't really have any railfan info. I live in the area and have spent many happy hours there....

Most recently (20020408) Roy Blaine said that he lived about 10 minutes drive from Roaring Camp, and that "they are still there and a lot of fun"! Thanks for that update, Roy! (Roy is also a Hudson and Garratt fan, so I referred him to the R class Hudsons and 60 class Garratts ...)

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  • Date : Jan 1986
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 13631
  • Description : A rather derelict looking Climax at RC&BTRR.


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  • Date : Jan 1986
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 13632
  • Description : Another view of the un-numbered Climax in the yard at the RC&BTRR.


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  • Date : Jan 1986
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 13633
  • Description : A general view of the yard at Roaring Camp and Big Trees RR.


Chesapeake & Ohio

4-6-4 "Hudson"

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  • Date : unknown date (added to collection 17 Jul 1999)
  • Photographer : unknown
  • Medium : Eric Thur, electronic image
  • Description : According to the Baltimore & Ohio Museum in Maryland, this is a C&O Yellowbelly . It is described as "the sole surviving streamlined (shrouded) Hudson", but whether that means the sole surviving Hudson of any form (from the C&O), or just the streamlined form, is not clear to me.


H-8 class 2-6-6-6 "Allegheny"

Derick Cullen writes a postscript on these images, which, in my peevish way, I'll use as a foreword:

The H8 pictured here is at Mt. Clare B&O museum in Baltimore, Md. (was headquarters of B&O mechanical dept.from 1830s). C&O and B&O merged (together with others such as my favorite and lamented Wild Mary) to form CSX corp. Since then there have been a number of "foreign" C&O exhibits in Mt. Clare. This dilutes the B&O ambience IMHO, despite the capitol-like dome over the roundhouse, and the feeling of walking on hallowed ground (here worked Tom Cooper, John Davis, Ross Winans without precedent to create railways as we know them).

Good coverage of both C&O H8 and N&W Class A is in "The World's Greatest Mallets" by Eugene L. Huddleston (C&O Historical Society 1986) IBSN 0-939487-08-X. I bought mine in Washington so don't know about availability in Oz libraries etc. Might be available from C&O HS website shop.

Ol' 'Gene suggested C&O didn't use H8s properly (i.e. not suited for pooled drag service in the hills) and so did not realise full potential. Operational record of Class A seems a whole lot better than H8 despite most nominal specifications in favour of H8. Virginan operated H8 copies effectively. VGN usage parallel to N&W Class A over flat coastal division (Dismal Swamp division!) from Blue Ridge mountains to Newport in southern Va.

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  • Date : 2001, catalogued 29 Dec 2001
  • Photographer : Chris Jantsch
  • Medium : email digital image, image location 1604_01a
  • Description : For a full description of this class of loco, see The Allegheny Type Locomotive . Chris Jantsch sent me this cool picture of the heaviest class of steam locomotive ever built. The picture is taken at the Baltimore & Ohio Museum in Maryland. The museum is housed in a Roundhouse , seen in the background.


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  • Date : 2001, catalogued 29 Dec 2001
  • Photographer : Chris Jantsch
  • Medium : email digital image, image location 1604_02a
  • Description : For a full description of this class of loco, see The Allegheny Type Locomotive . Chris Jantsch sent me this cool picture of the heaviest class of steam locomotive ever built. The picture is taken at the Baltimore & Ohio Museum in Maryland.


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  • Date : 2001, catalogued 29 Dec 2001
  • Photographer : Chris Jantsch
  • Medium : email digital image, image location 1604_03a
  • Description : For a full description of this class of loco, see The Allegheny Type Locomotive . Chris Jantsch sent me this cool picture of the heaviest class of steam locomotive ever built. That's Chris there, standing alongside the injector overflow pipe!


Long Island RailRoad

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  • Date : 1982, catalogued 02 Jan 2002
  • Photographer : Graeme Skeet
  • Medium : email digital image, image location P161
  • Description : Graeme writes:
    This is the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) which runs from New York City and services Long Island to the East.
    Shown is LIRR P161 which is an EMD MP15AC built in 1977, it is a "switcher" doing passenger duties. This was taken a Speonk, a major stop. Photo taken in 1982.


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  • Date : 1992, catalogued 01 Jan 2002
  • Photographer : Graeme Skeet
  • Medium : email digital image, image location 262
  • Description : LIRR 262, an EMD GP38-2 built around 1976. Photo taken in 1992 at Speonk.


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  • Date : 1992, catalogued 28 Dec 2001
  • Photographer : Graeme Skeet
  • Medium : email digital image, image location LIRR
  • Description : Graeme writes:
    LIRR 622, an EMD F7Am built in 1950. The "A" shows it is a drive unit, "B" is a slave (no driver controls) and the "m" means it has been modified from original condition. Photo 1992 at Speonk.


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  • Date : 1992, catalogued 01 Jan 2002
  • Photographer : Graeme Skeet
  • Medium : email digital image, image location 622
  • Description : Graeme writes:
    LIRR 622, an EMD F7Am built in 1950. The "A" shows it is a drive unit, "B" is a slave (no driver controls) and the "m" means it has been modified from original condition. Photo 1992 at Speonk.


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  • Date : 1992, catalogued 01 Jan 2002
  • Photographer : Graeme Skeet
  • Medium : email digital image, image location 614+611
  • Description : Graeme writes:
    two LIRR colour schemes on sister engines, these are Alco FA1m's built in 1949, when this photo was taken in 1997 611 had over 1 1/2 million miles on the clock. Speonk.


New York Central 4-6-4

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  • Date : unknown date (added to collection 17 Jul 1999)
  • Photographer : unknown
  • Medium : Eric Thur, electronic image
  • Description : Perhaps one of the classic US streamliners, these locos were the pride of the NYCRR, and were used to haul the premier passenger trains of the pre WW2 era. Named trains included the Twentieth Century Limited and Empire State Express (seen here), for which the streamlining was specifically styled.


Norfolk and Western

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  • Date : 1987, catalogued 07 Jan 2002
  • Photographer : Derick Cullen
  • Medium : email digital image, image location USA87002
  • Description : A Norfolk and Western A class 2-6-6-4 number 1218 on a special in 1987.


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  • Date : 1987, catalogued 07 Jan 2002
  • Photographer : Derick Cullen
  • Medium : email digital image, image location usa87004
  • Description : Norfolk and Western A class 2-6-6-4 number 1218 at Alexandria, Virginia.


Pennsylvania Railroad T1 4-4-4-4

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  • Date : 1950s (added to collection 23 May 1999)
  • Photographer : unknown
  • Medium : Eric Thur, electronic image
  • Description : This cycloptian locomotive seen here leaving St Louis Station was one of a batch of 52 such locomotives built for the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1945. They were a very modern design, featuring roller bearings throughout and poppet valves, as well as extensive tenders which allowed them to run long distances at high speed and high efficiencies. They could pull 880 tons at 100mph on level track, and were also somewhat (in)famous for the leading engine unit slipping at high speed. Now that must have been something to behold!!


St. Paul & Pacific 4-4-2

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  • Date : unknown, catalogued 17 Jul 1999
  • Photographer : unknown
  • Medium : Eric Thur, electronic image
  • Description : Two of these 4-4-2 locos were built for the CMStP&P and delivered in May 1935. They were designed to pull the new Hiawatha express on daylight runs between Chicago and the Twin Cities at an average speed of 66 miles an hour. Unfortunately, you can't see the driving wheels in this photo very well, but the rest of the loco presents a very clean image, stripped of all the usual pipes and stuff that adorn the exterior of most American locos.


San Francisco Cable Trams

Santa Fe Railroad

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  • Date : Aug 1993, catalogued 05 Jan 2001
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : email digital image, image location SantaFe
  • Description : Stewart writes:
    Most of Seattle's railway system is under the city's streets. Peering over a wall I found these two locos scuttling around. Identical diesels with different liveries.


Southern Pacific Railroad P-8 4-6-2 (Number 2472)

In early '86, I visited San Francisco, and heard about a group of people restoring a steam loco. I tracked them down, and visited a group of enthusiastic and very hospitable blokes working on 2472. You can read all about the outcome of their labours at Southern Pacific #2472 Class P-8 4-6-2 locomotive . Current restoration status is recorded at The Golden Gate Railroad Museum News Page . For now, check these "historic" photos!

Southern Pacific #2472 was built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1921. It is a 4-6-2 Pacific type, having 4 leading wheels, 6 drivers, and 2 trailing wheels. Pacifics such as the #2472 where designed primarily for high-speed passenger train service where sustained high speeds were just as important as pulling capability. Pacifics were used on railroads around the world and could be seen in the rosters of a great many American railroads. Southern Pacific classed the 2472 as a P-8, along with 14 sister engines built from the same Baldwin order. (From the web page )

Southern Pacific Railroad GS 4-8-4

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  • Date : unknown date (earliest date 1985, post restoration)
  • Photographer : unknown
  • Medium : Eric Thur, electronic image
  • Description : Built in 1937 by Lima Loocomotive Works, this class was used by the SP in hauling the Daylight Limited between Los Angeles and San Francisco. They have a tractive effort of 64800 lbs, plus 13200lbs from the trailing truck booster.


Theme Parks

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Union Pacific

Challenger 4-6-6-4

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  • Date : 2000, catalogued 28 Dec 2001
  • Photographer : Graeme Skeet
  • Medium : email digital image, image location Denver
  • Description : Graeme Skeet sent me this picture of the UP Challenger X3985 at Denver. Can't tell you much else about the shot. (BTW, that's a diesel on the left of the picture.)


Big Boys

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  • Date : 2000, catalogued 07 Dec 2000
  • Photographer : Jan Tybout
  • Medium : email digital image, image location bb-jan
  • Description : Jan Tybout sent me this excellent photo of a Big Boy, so it just had to go into the collection. Thanks, Jan!


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  • Date : 2000, catalogued 07 Dec 2000
  • Photographer : Jan Tybout
  • Medium : email digital image, image location jan+bb
  • Description : Another Big Boy photo from Jan Tybout, this time with Jan admiring the sheer size of the loco.


Bo-Bo

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  • Date : Jan 1986
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 13737
  • Description : While visiting the exciting town of Modesto, I spotted this lot coming down the main street at about 5km/hr. With 99 wagons in tow, they took a while to pass! What I want to know is, why didn't they add an extra wagon to make it up to a round 100?


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  • Date : Jan 1986
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 13738
  • Description : I don't have much in the way of technical documentation on these locos. Quite neat looking units, tho', as diesels go! Graeme Skeet wrote (28 Oct 2001) to say:
    FYI, the photos you took of 791 + 793 at Modesto are EMD GP35s built in 1965, UP had only 17 of this series in their fleet. These locos were ex-Western Pacific.
    Thanks for that information, Graeme! (Graeme has sent me a number of his own photographs: expect to see them on these pages soon.)


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  • Date : Jan 1986
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 13739
  • Description : The place was deserted, but this hoon in his ute decided to drive past as I was taking this photo.


Bo-Bo

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  • Date : , catalogued 27 Dec 2001
  • Photographer : Graeme Skeet
  • Medium : email digital image, image location UP
  • Description :


White Pass and Yukon Route

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  • Date : 2006:05:20 12:00:49, catalogued 19 Aug 2006
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location file:///home/ajh/Pictures/Albums/2006/05/20/IMG_26369.JPG
  • Description : 2-8-2 No.73 of the White Pass and Yukon Route steams out of the Railroad Dock at Skagway


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  • Date : 2006:05:20 12:01:04, catalogued 19 Aug 2006
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location file:///home/ajh/Pictures/Albums/2006/05/20/IMG_26371.JPG
  • Description : 2-8-2 No.73 of the White Pass and Yukon Route steams out of the Railroad Dock at Skagway


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  • Date : 2006:05:20 12:02:14, catalogued 19 Aug 2006
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location file:///home/ajh/Pictures/Albums/2006/05/20/IMG_26376.JPG
  • Description : 2-8-2 No.73 of the White Pass and Yukon Route waits for the road at Skagway Junction


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  • Date : 2006:05:20 12:02:33, catalogued 19 Aug 2006
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location file:///home/ajh/Pictures/Albums/2006/05/20/IMG_26377.JPG
  • Description : 2-8-2 No.73 of the White Pass and Yukon Route departing Skagway Junction


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  • Date : 2006:05:20 12:05:00, catalogued 19 Aug 2006
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : digital camera (Canon S40), image location file:///home/ajh/Pictures/Albums/2006/05/20/IMG_26385.JPG
  • Description : 2-8-2 No.73 of the White Pass and Yukon Route departing Skagway Junction, while GE 97 looks on.


Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad

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  • Date : Jan 1986
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 13828
  • Description : Taken at the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, near the entrance to Yosemite National Park in California. I don't know much about this place, and it was all shut up when we were there, but they do have a website , where they say ``Number 10, built in 1928 weighs 83 tons, and is the heavest operating narrow guage Shay locomotive today.'' Thanks to John Haskey <johnh@@cisco.com> for the website info (29 Oct 1999).


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  • Date : Jan 1986
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 13829
  • Description : Also at Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad.


  • Image : dir=usa/ page=index 116482 bytes, pixels
  • Date : Jan 1986
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 13830
  • Description : Also at Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad.


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