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Part 7, page 2: Various Trains

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1978-152-3-306

date: ca. 1910

location: Bassett St. depot, San Jose

photographer:

print:4' x 6" landscape b&w

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comments:
For
many years train #30 was the 3:00 pm local (later called "Commute") train from San Francisco that arrived at San Jose's old Bassett Street station at 4:30 pm. The low sun angle and the bundled-up passengers walking towards First Street tells us that this is winter. Locomotive #3063 was a 4-4-2 type common on Peninsula locals from about 1910 until the onset of the Depression.

Arrival of local train #30 at San Jose


1978-152-3-012

date: 4-13-40

location: 14th Avenue, near Tunnel 3, San Francisco

photographer:

print: 4" x 5.75" landscape b&w

obverse data:

reverse data:
"No 96 at 14th Ave April 13, 1940 [Engineer] Baumeister & [Fireman] Kelley Eng 4421"

comments:


1978-152-3-013

date:

location: Tunnel, Army Street, San Francisco

photographer:

print: 4" x 5.75" landscape b&w

obverse data:

reverse data:
"No 96 at Army St. April 10, 1940 - B&K Eng. 4425"

comments:
"B&K" are Engineer Baumeister and Fireman Kelley


1978-152-3-307

date: 1938

location:

photographer:

print: 3.75" x 4.75" portrait b&w

obverse data:

reverse data:
stamped: "Platone Print Mar 2 1938 Hirsch
& Kaye 239 Grant Avenue San Francisco"

comments:

Coast Daylight passenger cars passing Fourth Street Tower


1978-152-3-308

date: 12-75

location: 7th & King Sts., S. F.

photographer:

print: 5" x 7" landscape color

obverse data:
"
3197 7th St. Diesel Term Dec. 1975"

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comments:
After Mission Bay Roundhouse closed in 1960, the engineers' quarters were relocated to yellow wooden building at upper center at the 7th St. Diesel Terminal, aka 7th St. Diesel Shop.

Yellow building at train rear was a diner catering to engineers that was open periodically until it burned down ca. 2000. Baker-Hamilton building at top center.

The track leading into Townsend St. at extreme right was once the main line to San Jose through Colma.

Locomotive #3197 received special paint in honor of the nation's bicentennial

Commute train #119 passing 7th St. Diesel Terminal, San Francisco


1978-152-3-309

date: May, 1947

location:7th & King Sts., S. F.

photographer:

print: 3.25" x 4.5" landscape b&w

obverse data:
"May 1947";

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comments:
Locomotive is likely hauling a cut of cars to the State Belt Railroad interchange.

Peaked roof building at right was later removed to make room for the 7th St. Diesel Terminal.

witch engine #1249 rounding curve at 7th & King Streets


1978-152-3-310

date: ca.1959

location: Mission Bay Roundhouse

photographer:

print: 3.5" x 5" landscape b&w

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comments:
The locomotive is painted in the new (1958) grey & scarlet scheme, while its sisters in the house still sport the old scheme. Most or all of this locomotive class had been repainted by the time the roundhouse was abandoned in 1960.

The roundhouse occupied a very compact area. Mission Bay Garden was out of the picture at right.

Commute diesel locomotive #4813 on Mission Bay Roundhouse turntable


1978-152-3-311

date: ca. 1959

location: Bayshore Yard, Brisbane

photographer:

print: 3.5" x 5" landscape b&w

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comments:
This turntable originally sat at Bakersfield and was moved / lengthened ca. 1941 to accomodate 4-8-8-2 Cab Forward articulated locomotives. Prior to that, these locomotives could only be turned on the wye at Mission Bay.

Bayshore Roundhouse turntable


1978-152-3-370

date: ca. 1970's

location: Bayshore Yard, Brisbane

photographer:

print: 3.5" x 4.25" landscape b&w

obverse data:
"Smooky"

reverse data:


description:
Smooky?

Afternoon Commute train #130 with locomotive #3209 at Bayshore


1978-152-3-312

date: ca.1905

location: San Bruno

photographer: S. Vickers, San Bruno?

print: 8" x 10"

obverse data:

reverse data:
"San Bruno S. Vickers"

description:
View shows southbound (railroad "eastbound") train off the original main line through Colma. A cropped version of this photo, minus the structure at right, is widely circulated through other sources.

This depot, erected in 1901, sat at the junction of the old Colma main line and what soon would become the replacement route, the Bayshore Cut-off through South San Francisco.

At left is the interurban track of the United Railroads of San Francisco, which forced SP to resort to a narrow depot design when it removed the San Bruno depot location from west of the tracks at the County Road (now San Bruno Avenue). The upper depot bay was called the Signal House, or tower. The towerman controlled the signals for the junction, but not the switches, which had to be thrown by hand.

In 1916, this depot was moved to a location east of the tracks at the County Road and enlarged. There, the photo left side of the building faced the tracks, and the lower bay was turned into a ladies' restroom.

Train with locomotive #2258 at San Bruno Station


1978-152-3-313

date: ca.1940

location: between Burlingame and San Mateo

photographer:

print: 5' x 8" landscape b&w

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comments:
The Del Monte was numbered #36 from the mid-1930's until the mid-1940's.

"Pacific" type 4-6-2 locomotives such as #2444 were the typical power for the heaviest Commute trains during the 1930's and 1940's.

Del Monte with Locomotive #2444


1978-152-3-315

date: ca.1940

location: between San Mateo and Burlingame

photographer:

print: 4.5" x 8" landscape b&w

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Locomotive #3727 with extra freight train north of San Mateo


1978-152-3-314

date: 1876

location: Belmont

photographer: Carlton. E. Watkins

print: 8" x 10"

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comments:
Copy of a widely circulated photo.

Train is southbound - all early Peninsula depots were located to the geographic west of the tracks.

U. S. Centennial Train at Belmont


1978-152-3-316

date: ca. 1925-1930

location: Menlo Park

photographer:

print: ~6" x 10" torn landscape b&w

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comments:
Tain #181 was a late afternoon Peninsula Commute run. The suburban coaches (or "Subs") seen here were built in the 1920's, while 4-6-0 type locomotive #2294 is decorated in SP's pre-Depression paint scheme. These type locos saw use on the Peninsula starting in the eatly 1900's, but were used much more frequently after the Peninsula's 4-4-0 and 4-4-2 types were sent to deadlines during the early Depression.

Commute train #181 at Menlo Park


1978-152-3-317

date: 9-15-67

location: Palo Alto

photographer: Chuck Fox?

print: 8" x 10" landscape b&w

obverse data:

reverse data:
"#76 at Palo Alto, 9-15-67, Chuck Fox"

comments:
This was SP's San Francisco - Los Angeles overnight train opposite the Coast Daylight at the time. It was discontinued the following year.

The Lark at Palo Alto


1978-152-3-318

date: circa 3-8-41

location: Palo Alto

photographer:

print: 8" x 10" landscape b&w

obverse data: "Palo Alto - Cal. - 1941"; "New Palo Alto Depot"

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comments:
Photo date presumed to be the grand opening date of the new SP (now Caltrain) Palo Alto depot, 3-8-1941.

J. W. Bowker and Noon Daylight at new Palo Alto depot


1978-152-3-319

date: circa 1950

location: San Jose

photographer:

print:5" x 7" landscape color

obverse data:

reverse data:
"Kodak Color Proof Jan-1970"

comments:
Commute engine #2484 on adjacent track

Mail train #71 passing San Jose Roundhouse


1978-152-3-364

date: 1955

location: Cahill (now Diridon) depot, San Jose

photographer:

print: 3.5" x 5.75" landscape b&w

obverse data: (stamped) "APR 1955"

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comments:
Southbound X4452 bypassing depot via "Freight Lead" track. Equipment suggests that this may be a troop train.

Passenger Extra passing San Jose Depot