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Modern SP/Cotton Belt Railroading
High-quality photographs from the "modern" diesel era across the SP-Cotton Belt system. Roughly from the late 1960s to the late 1990s.
Photo Album By: Steve Schmollinger
 
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Photo ID: 543769

New SD40T-2 No. 8300 leads a westbound string of boxcars at Woodford, CA. These units were very impressive when they were first delivered, and all worked Tehachapi. Truly these locomotives were on... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD40T-2
Location: Woodford, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 8300
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: July, 1974


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Aug 24, 2015

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Photo ID: 543273

A westbound manifest picks up momentum as it rolls toward Bealville's west switch. In the distance is the lead power for today's BKDOU, which the manifest just met here. The Oil Cans are exiting t... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD45R
Location: tunnel 2, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 7488
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: December, 1991


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Aug 20, 2015

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Photo ID: 541588

An SP ebd roils through twisting reverse curves as it battles the steady grade of San Timoteo Canyon.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD45T-2
Location: Ordway, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 9360
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October, 1981


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Aug 07, 2015

Views: 2,716
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Photo ID: 540303

With diesel exhaust blasting skyward and the early morning sun at its back, SP 9210 East attacks the grade and curvature at Cable Crossover.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD45T-2
Location: Cable Crossover, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 9210
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: July, 1978


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Jul 28, 2015

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Photo ID: 540157

With an SP helper on the point, an Amtrak Reno Fun Train heads back toward Oakland.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD40
Location: Boca, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 8474
Train ID: Reno Fun Train
Photo Date: January, 1975


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Jul 27, 2015

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Photo ID: 538798

Looking down the throat of Newcastle Tunnel, we see SP 9319 West coming down the original alignment toward the portal at the other end.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD45T-2
Location: Newcastle, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 9319
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October, 1974


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Jul 17, 2015

Views: 2,686
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Photo ID: 538760

Very late in the day, a U33C with an L-shaped windshield leads a heavy manifest up the steep grade toward the Loop.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD45T-2
Location: Walong, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 8684
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August, 1973


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Jul 17, 2015

Views: 2,157
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Photo ID: 537886

A trio of Southern Pacific AC4400CWs lead an Intermountain Power to Skyline coal empty through Spanish Fork Canyon on Oct. 8, 1997. The dramatic background is courtesy of 10,689 ft. Loafer Mountai... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Rio, Utah, USA
Locomotive #: SP 190
Train ID: CIPSK-08
Photo Date: October 08, 1997


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By: James Belmont

Added: Jul 10, 2015

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Photo ID: 537600

A westbound SP manifest meets a Santa Fe freight in the hole at Rowan.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD45T-2
Location: Rowan, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 9305
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August, 1985


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Jul 07, 2015

Views: 2,216
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Photo ID: 537481

Improvised helpers on the Hill... As a Southern Pacific eastbound was climbing the Tehachapis on January 20th, 1978, it stalled out at Bealville. So, a westbound descending the hill was s... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: GE U33C
Location: Bealville, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 8771
Train ID: Eastbound
Photo Date: January 20, 1978


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By: Craig Walker

Added: Jul 06, 2015

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Photo ID: 537244

SP 8262 West passes Stockton Tower.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD40T-2
Location: Stockton, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 8262
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June, 1997


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Jul 04, 2015

Views: 2,497
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Photo ID: 537228

An SP GP60 leads a westbound UP stack train on a rare move down Track 2, normally the route for eastbounds.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD GP60
Location: Cienega, Arizona, USA
Locomotive #: SP 9612
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: December, 1998


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Jul 04, 2015

Views: 2,235
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Favorited: 14
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Photo ID: 523787

Southern Pacific MP15AC 2733, yard slug 1012 and SW1500 2536 are assigned the chore of dumping rail between Utah Jct. and C&S Jct.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD MP15AC
Location: Denver, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: SP 2733
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: January, 1994


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By: John Shine

Added: Mar 19, 2015

Views: 6,764
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Photo ID: 521992

A quartet of classic Southern Pacific SD45s pull a Utah Railway coal empty east out of Provo Yard the evening of May 19, 1986.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD45
Location: Springville, Utah, USA
Locomotive #: UTAH 9143
Train ID: Martin Turn
Photo Date: May 19, 1986


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By: James Belmont

Added: Mar 07, 2015

Views: 2,958
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Photo ID: 519345

A quartet of brand new Southern Pacific GE's has been added to the point of this Eastbound double stack train as it nears the top of Beaumont Hill.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: GE B39-8E
Location: Beaumont, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 8002
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September, 1987


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By: John Shine

Added: Feb 16, 2015

Views: 6,363
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