Really Old Photo

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#1
Imagine doing this today! The crew of a Great Northern freight switching Tacoma had no issue with my dad and I climbing on top of their train to catch the action. Taken circa 1967-8 with my old Kodak Brownie box camera, cheap 620 film, dime store processing at the ripe old age of 14.

Martin Burwash

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#3
Yep. Back in the day, Seattle bound GN freights would hold the main, cut off their Tacoma set-out, then run up to Reservation Tower. The operator would set the switches to allow the head-end to back down into the GN yard and leave their cars. This is what you see being done in the photo. Once the set-out was made, the power would return to the train and continue north. Southbound GN freights would stop just shy of Reseravation, bring their set-outs to the mouth of the GN Yard, run around the cars and work back through the interlocking to recouple to their train and continue south.

Martin Burwash
 

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Don't be Ignorant
#4
That GN power is very interesting with a passenger F-unit leading a GP30. I saw a number of GN trains south of Black River in the late 60's and none had a passenger F in their consist. Usually freight F-unit's and GP9's from time to time. Very nice catch Martin!

Brian Ambrose
 
#5
Well Brian, by the time I took this photo, the SDP 40's had arrived and taken over the daily pool passenger train. The passenger F-3's soon started showing up in freight service.

Martin Burwash
 
#6
Imagine doing this today!
Yea the insurance companies will revoke the insurance, the company can get sued not to mention the police arresting you for a number of crimes and violations and probably charging you as a terrorists too

great photo and glad you remember those days. that's all we have left. memories and images of days gone by
 
#7
Imagine doing this today! The crew of a Great Northern freight switching Tacoma had no issue with my dad and I climbing on top of their train to catch the action. Taken circa 1967-8 with my old Kodak Brownie box camera, cheap 620 film, dime store processing at the ripe old age of 14.
I love all your B&W photos, especially these "reaaally old" ones! But for this shot I would love to see a color version, just because that Great Northern "big sky blue" with the white goat logo looked so darn nice.

Geeze, what a crime it was for the BN to obliterate such attractive locos with its military-looking paint scheme.
 


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