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Part 1: Engineer Last Runs & Retirements

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Order of page images: 054, 075, 001-004, 006-011, 016-018, 147-148, 019-025, 176, 163, 161, 184, 029-030, 032, 031, 190, 033-037
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1978-152-3-054

date: ca.1915

location: San Jose?

photographer:

print: 9.25" x 11.25" portrait b&w

obverse data:
"Walter Hammersley, Engineer, Retired March 1st 1925 Mervin Henry, Fireman, Retired Feb. 21st 1953"

reverse data:


comments:
No "Mervin" Henry appears in SP seniority rosters, but there is an "E.S. Henry"

Engineer W. Hammersley and Fireman M. Henry on loco #2154


1978-152-3-075

date: ca. 1927-30

location: Mission Bay?

photographer:

print: 6.5" x 8.5" landscape b&w

obverse data:

reverse data:


comments:
The nature of the ceremony here is indeterminate, may involve the retirement a shop foreman or clerk.

Engineer Fred Reynolds in hat, far right. The person in the light grey suit holding the check likely is Road Foreman of Engines William Fifield

Large group with loco #3001


1978-152-3-001

date: 12-31-1938

location:

photographer:

print: 5" x 7" portrait b&w

obverse data:

reverse data:
"Enlargement Dec-31-38"

Engineers A.R. Bullard & O.L. Stine


1978-152-3-002

date: ca. 7-12-42

location:

photographer:

print: 7.75 x 9.5 landscape b&w

obverse data:
"Ralph Johnson Retired July 12, 1942"

reverse data:

comments:
Photo likely taken on his last run, as loco #4459 entered service on June 5, 1942

Engineer R. Johnson in cab of loco # 4459


1978-152-3-003

date: ca. 1942

location:

photographer:

print: 7.75" x 8.5" portrait b&w

obverse data: [sign on cab] "Final Traip John J. "Scotty" Honn 40 Years Service

reverse data:


comments:

Engineer J.J. "Scotty" Honn in loco cab, last run


1978-152-3-004

date:

location: San Francisco

photographer:

print: 6.62" x 9.5" landscape b&w

obverse data:
Number board shows train #142
ID's, from front left -
1) [Eng. J. M.] Farrell, 2) [Eng. C. W.] Tenney, 3) [Eng. B. W.] Worth, 4) [Road Foreman of Engines, San Francisco] Wm. [G.] Fifield; far right: [Asst. to VP, Passenger Traffic Claude E?] Peterson; back row from right: 1) [Eng. W. J.] Baumeister, 4) [Eng. R.A., Sr.] Bush

reverse data:


comments:

Engineer J.J. "Scotty" Honn with group, final trip


1978-152-3-006

date: 12-29-44

location:

photographer:

print: 4.75" x 6.25" portrait color

obverse data:

[sign on cab] "Last Run Dec. 29th 1944 Fred E. Reynolds 49 Years 9 Months 9 Days Service"

reverse data:


comments:

Engineer F.E. Reynolds in cab of loco #4446, last run


1978-152-3-007

date: 12-29-44

location:

photographer:

print: 3.75 x 4.75 landscape b&w

obverse data:
ID's from left: 2) [Eng. W. or Eng. C. Hoogendyk] Hoogendyks, 3) [Eng. C. W.] Tenney, 4) [Wm. G.] Fifield, [Road Foreman of Engines, San Francisco], 5) [Conductor W.G.?] Welt, 8) [Eng. L. J.] Lynn, 9) [Eng. W. A.] Fleck; not identified on photo: 7) [Eng. W. J.] Baumeister

reverse data:


comments:

Engineer F.E. Reynolds with group, last run


1978-152-3-008

date: 9-30-46

location:

photographer:

print: 7.5 x 8.5 landscape b&w

obverse data:
"R. Hollings. Retired Sept. 30th, 1946"

reverse data:


comments:

Engineer R. B. Hollings in cab of loco #4458, last run


1978-152-3-009

date: 8-1-49

location:

photographer:

print: 5'' x 7.25" landscape b&w

obverse data:
from left: 2) [Coast Division] Supt. J. J. Jordan, 3) Sam Cox [official?]

reverse data:


comments:

Engineer W. J. Baumeister posing with Superintendent Jordan on last run


1978-152-3-010

date: ca.1949

location:

photographer:

print: 4.5" x 6.5" portrait b&w

obverse data:
"
W. J. Baumeister Retired Aug. 1st, 1949"

reverse data:


comments:

Engineer W. J. Baumeister in loco cab


1978-152-3-011

date: ca.1949

location: San Luis Obispo?

photographer:

print: 3.25" x 3.25" Polaroid b&w

obverse data: "Whiteman [Road Foreman of Engines, San Luis Obispo C. G.] Holmberg"

reverse data:


comments:
"Whiteman" may be Eng. E. B. Whitehead

Engineer W. J. Baumeister posing with others prior to last run?


1978-152-3-016

date: 6-30-49

location:

photographer:

print: 3.5" x 7.13" landscape b&w

obverse data:
"
Mission Bay - San Francisco June 30, 1949 S.P. Lines"; sign on cab reads: "Charley "Pop" Mathews 1907-1949 42 Years Service"

reverse data:


comments:

Engineer C. T. "Pop" Mathews in cab of loco #4369, last run


1978-152-3-017

date: ca.1949

location: Mission Bay

photographer:

print: 5" x 7"

obverse data: [sign] "Pop Mathews Garden"

reverse data:


comments:
Located next to the San Francisco roundhouse of the same name, Mission Bay Garden was maintained by locomotive engineers during their idle moments. For reasons uncertain, it was renamed in honor of Charlie Mathews, perhaps at the time of his retirement. The Garden Club, an informal engineer beneficial group, survived at least through Amtrak's tenure on the Peninsula, although the garden itself was demolished with the roundhouse in 1960.

Engineer C. T. Mathews at Pop Mathews Garden


1978-152-3-018

date: 6-26-50

location: likely San Francisco

photographer:

print: 4.75 x 8.75 landscape b&w

obverse data:

reverse data:
"last Run - Charles E. Hoppe 6/26/1950

comments:
Coast Division Superintendent J. J. Jordan is shaking hands with Hoppe, who is standing next to Road Foreman of Engines L. E. Proudfit. ID's of other two men is unknown.

Engineer C. E. Hoppe with group, last run


1978-152-3-147

date: 7-24-50

location: College Park, San Jose?

photographer:

print: 4.75" x 5.5" landscape b&w

obverse data:

reverse data:
"7-24-50, Jim Lyons [left] ret. [retired] Sept. 15, 1954, Fireman R. L Allen"

comments:

Engineer J. M. Lyons and Fireman R. L. Allen


1978-152-3-148

date: 7-27-50

location: Mission Bay

photographer:

print: 7.5" x 9.5" portrait b&w

obverse data:
"S. C. Shepherd Mission Bay Office 7-27-50"

reverse data:
7-27-50

comments: The date probably refers to his retirement day, which may not be the photo date.

Engineer S. E. Shepherd in front of Mission Bay Roundhouse office


1978-152-3-019

date: ca.1950

location:

photographer:

print: 3.86" x 7" portrait b&w

obverse data:
"L. F. Christian Retired Sept. 30, 1950"

reverse data:


comments: This presumably shows him on his last run. Some engineers dressed up for their last day - note that he appears to be holding gloves.

Engineer L. F. Christian standing next to locomotive, last run?


1978-152-3-020

date: ca.1952

location:

photographer:

print:

obverse data:
"
R. A. Jones Retired Jan. 1, 1952"

reverse data:


comments:

Engineer R. A. Jones? in cab of loco #2477


1978-152-3-021

date: 5-30-53

location:

photographer:

print: 3.75" x 4.25" portrait b&w

obverse data:

reverse data:
Joe DeNoble Retired 5-30-53

comments: Woman in photo is presumed to be Mrs. DeNoble.

Engineer J. DeNoble with wife and Road Foreman L. E. Proudfit, last run


1978-152-3-022

date: ca.1953

location: San Jose?

photographer:

print: 7.75" x 8" portrait b&w

obverse data:
"J. Treacy 6-12-53" and "J. Treac[y] Retire[d] June 12 [,1953]

reverse data:


comments: It is uncertain if this is a last run photo, or if it was recorded at an earlier date.

Engineer J. Treacy standing in front of loco #2410, last run?


1978-152-3-023

date: 3-24-52

location: likely San Jose Roundhouse

photographer:

print: 5.5" x 9.5"

obverse data:
"[Mar]ch 24, 1952 Harry Russell [N]ov. 30th 1953"

reverse data:
"#175 - 8-24-52"

comments: Top date on obverse presumed to be the photo date; bottom his retirement date.

Engineer H. E. Russell oiling locomotive for train #175


1978-152-3-024

date: 6-6-54

location: Third & Townsend, S. F.

photographer:

print: 5.75" x 10" portrait b&w

obverse data:
"L. J. Lynn Retired July 31st 1954"

reverse data:
"
one of Last Regular Steam Engines on the "Del Monte" #78 6-6-54"

comments:

Engineer L. J. Lynn standing next to loco #2454


1978-152-3-025

date: 8-1-54

location: Third & Townsend, S. F.

photographer:

print: 7.75" x 9.5" landscape b&w

obverse data:

reverse data:
"Crew arriving on Del Monte Last Run of Engr. L. J. Lynn Aug 1, 1954"

comments:
From photo left: unknown fireman, unknown brakeman, Lynn, Conductor Dan Kennedy? - see image 029, below; Road Foreman of Engines Lance Proudfit

Engineer L. J. Lynn with crew and Road Foreman L. E. Proudfit, last run



1978-152-3-176

date: ca.1955

location:

photographer:

print: 8" x 10" portrait b&w

obverse data:
typewritten caption attached by tape: "Arlon C. Shannon, retired April 1, 1955 Fireman E. L. Dorsey"

reverse data:


comments:
Rosters list no E. L. Dorsey. Fireman probably C. L. Dorey.

Engineer A. C. Shannon and Fireman E.L. Dorsey? in cab of locomotive #4468


1978-152-3-163

date: ca.1956

location: San Luis Obispo

photographer:

print: 3.25" x 4.25" scalloped landscape b&w

obverse data:
"Miller Keany Holmberg"

reverse data:


comments: This is undoubtedly a last run photo, given the presence of Coast Division Superintendent R. A. Miller, and San Luis Obispo Road Foreman of Engines C. G. Holmberg.

Engineer J. J. Keany with Superintendent Miller and Road Foreman Holmberg, last run


1978-152-3-161

date: ca.1956

location: San Luis Obispo?

photographer:

print: 3.25" x 4.25" scalloped landscape b&w

obverse data:
"Honnert Frazer [sic]"

reverse data:


comments: Although not identified, the person at center resembles engineer J. J. Keany, as seen in #163 above.Both prints appear identical in terms of scalloping and age. Engineer E. P. Honnert was believed to be retired and living in San Luis Obispo. at the time. The engineer at right is V. W. Fraser.

Retirement party for Engineer J. J. Keany?


1978-152-3-184

date: 3-3-56

location:

photographer:

print: 5" x 9" portrait b&w

obverse data:

reverse data:
"Arthur Cohen", "3-3-56"

description:
Cohen did not appear in the engineer seniority roster of 12-31-56, which suggests that this was a "last run" photo. He was promoted to engineer on 8-31-1910, which likely means that he performed about 50 years of service. He was #1 in seniority at the time, with the #2 man, A. E. Rudell, 13 years his junior.

Engineer A. M. Cohen boarding last run?


1978-152-3-029

date: ca.1962

location: Pacific Grove?

photographer:

print: 5" x 7.12" landscape b&w

obverse data:

reverse data:
"Crew on Del Monte Ed Heyden - Engr, Dan Kennedy Conductor"

comments:
This is undoubtedly a last run photo taken at the same time as 030, below. Darkness suggests that it was taken after his train's arrival at Pacific Grove.
Dan J. Kennedy: This may be a misidentification because the name does not appear in available seniority rosters.

Engineer E. M. Heydon shaking hands with Conductor [Dan Kennedy?], last run


1978-152-3-030

date: ca. 1962

location: Pacific Grove?

photographer:

print: 5" x 7" portrait b&w

obverse data:

reverse data:


comments:
The presence of Proudfit and (presumably) Heyden's wife indicates this is a last run photo, possibly taken after the arrival of #78, the Del Monte at Pacific Grove (see 029, 032). The person on the left is unknown.
Heyden established his fireman seniority the same day as his eventual opposite on the Del Monte, C. H. Malone, who was one number junior (031, below). Malone retired in March, 1962, so it is conceivable that Heyden retired at about the same time.

Engineer E. M. Heyden with wife and Road Foreman Proudfit , last run


1978-152-3-032

date: ca.1962

location: Third & Townsend, S. F.

photographer:

print: 5" x 7" portrait b&w

obverse data:

reverse data:


comments:
This photo was taken in daylight, which suggests that its location is Third & Townsend, prior to depature of #78. He is wearing a dress coat, while photos 029 and 030 show him in a work coat.

Engineer E. M. Heyden in cab of loco #5623, last run


1978-152-3-031

date: 3-62

location: Third & Townsend, S. F.

photographer:

print: 5" x 7" portrait b&w

obverse data: "Retired Mar 1962

reverse data:
"Clarence Malone - Engr Del Monte Lance Proudfit - Rd Foreman of Engs - S. F. Mar - 1962"

comments:

Engineer C. H. Malone shaking hands with L. E. Proudfit, last run


1978-152-3-190

date: 3-1962

location: Third & Townsend

photographer:

print: 5" x 7" portrait b&w

obverse data:

reverse data:
"Clarence Malone - Engr"

comments:
see 031, above

Engineer C. H. Malone with oil can, last run


1978-152-3-033

date: 8-1-1962

location:

photographer:

print: 5" x 7" landscape b&w

obverse data:
"Retired 8-1-62"

reverse data:
"J. LaFrance - Engr. in Cab of Engine - Diesel on Daylite [sic] 8-1-62"

comments:

Engineer J. A. LaFrance in Coast Daylight diesel cab, last run


1978-152-3-034

date: 2-62

location: Seventh Street Diesel Shop

photographer:

print: 5" x7" portrait b&w

obverse data:
"Retired Feb 1962"

reverse data:
"Victor Silva - Engr L. Proudfit - Rd Foreman of Engs. Feb 1962"

comments:

Engineer V. Silva shaking hands with L. E. Proudfit, last run


1978-152-3-035

date: ca.1950

location: likely Bayshore

photographer:

print: 5" x 7" landscape b&w

obverse data:

reverse data:


comment: Train #401 was a very early AM freight from Tracy to Bayshore

Engineer V. Silva in cab of locomotive #4133, train #401


1978-152-3-036

date: 8-30-68

location: Third & Townsend, S. F.

photographer:

print: 5" x 7" landscape b&w

obverse data:

reverse data:


comments:
L to R: San Francisco Terminal Superintendent J. F. Bays, ?, Barber on steps, R. P. Summers?, R. A. Miller?, unknown

"R. J. Barber (Engr.) Retired Aug. 30. 1968"


1978-152-3-037

date: 8-30-68

location: Third & Townsend, S. F.

photographer:

print: 5" x 7" landscape b&w

obverse data:

reverse data:


comments:
Crewmen identities unknown

Engineer R. J. Barber with train crew, last run