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Retirement Party for Ed Smith and Phil ?
SP Newhall Yard Office, San Jose, ca.1990
last update: 5-20-2020

SP's presence in San Jose was a small fraction of what it was a decade before, when these photos of "Ed and Phil's" retirement party were recorded, circa 1990. The once-cramped yard office is now looking quite spaceous. Sadly, at this late date, we don't know the full identity of Phil, although I do recognize this face. Click on the photos for larger renderings.

Russ Danley (see: The Leaning Tower of Newhall), the late SJ yardmaster of imposing presence, likely shot these images, which came to Wx4 through the kind efforts of his son, Burl. If you are able to fill in some of the blank names in the following photos, please send a note to : wx4org@

-E.O. Gibson

Ed Smith (right) and Phil with their retirement cake.

(Later Caltrain) Engineer Tommy Grace standing to right of center.

Unknown individuals.

W. King and Mike Kadlubowski

W. King (checkered shirt) and Jack Wyrick (center).

All unknown.

Willie Witzel

Bob Blinkenberg (striped shirt) and Phil __ .