Southern Pacific Maintenance of Way

Last Update: 12/18/15

SP Index

A tip of the hat to M/W workers everywhere from a former track department employee: these guys, were/are the least appreciated and paid, but most heavily worked (and some of the nicest) folks in the railroad community. Eight hours with shovel, tamping bar and spike maul is tough enough, but whenever a train scatters all over the real estate, it's M/W people that slave, with no rest for 16, 18, 24 hours or more, to put things right. See the Big Coyote Pileup of '66.

12-15 Donner's Unsung Heroes - Early 1980's photos by SR Bush of his motor car rides w/ the Colfax section crew.

Earl Hanson's SP Ditcher Gang, 1916-27; many ditcher (steam shovel) photos

Southern Pacific Snow Service revised & expanded

An early (1907) work of famed illustrator Thornton Oakley.
MW 7011 (re# from MW 691 on 12-1-31); Sparks, Nevada, July 1965

Photos Copyright 2003-2007, E.O. Gibson