Author Archives: Lisa Matthews

Southern Pacific Railroad Structures

This is a small yard office that was located on the north side of the Broadway Street bridge at the south end of Southern Pacific’s old Midway yard. On the far side of the building are the Santa Fe’s interchange tracks with the Sourthen Pacific’s at Midway. On the south side of the Broadway Street… Read More »

Along Espee Lines

A 1970’s pictorial of railroading.   A Valley Line freight passing the Glendale Depot speeds torwards Mojave. At Burbank, a GP20 and a GP9 provide the power for this Coast Line, Local, heading eastbound towards Taylor Yard. Also seen in the picture is the Burbank Blvd. overpass where in the background the Junction Tower was.… Read More »

SP Co. Searchlight Signal Blueprints

CE 10764 Sheet 2 Electro – Pneumatic Switch Layout CE 10615 Sheet 127 Signal Assemblies 7-2-41 CE 10615 Sheet 127A Searchlight Signal Masts Drilling Details 1-5-43 CE 10615 Sheet 127B Ladders for Searchlight Signals 1-8-43 CE 10615 Sheet 127-1A Signal Assemblies 1-20-48 CE 10615 Sheet 127-1B Signal Assemblies 9-15-52 CE 10615 Sheet 130 Track Car… Read More »

Jack Line Oil Fields, Simi Valley, Ca.

Located in one of the side canyons of the Simi Valley (many years ago) was this Jack Line oil field. Inside this building was the Eccentric Drive Machine to pull the Pump Jacks. This type of pump called a Circle Jack, was built up from steel pipe, an old flat-belt wheel that carries the wire… Read More »

California Oil Fields in Color

This page is a photo collection of oil fields equipment taken thirty years ago around Southern California. Lets start the tour. Here is the Pump Jack power building of the Manely Oil Co. across the freeway from their Bulk Oil plant that is seen on the other web page. This building houses the Eccentric Drive… Read More »

The Charles Robinson Photo Collection

Los Angeles Union Station     The Morning Daylight, train #99 leaving the LAUPT, 8:15AM, 1951.    The Lark, train #76 inbound arrives at 8:30AM.    Santa Fe Engine 3731 heads the Second District Local out of Union Station Terminal.    Santa Fe, Atlantic type engine #1486 with Train #145. More information needed as I… Read More »

Rails along the River

  Some of these historical photographs show the Los Angeles River before the riverbed was concreted. Located on along each side of the river were the railroads of Southern Pacific, Santa Fe and the Union Pacific. All three railroads spent considerable time and money to dump fill along the banks of the river, this to… Read More »

Refrigerator Cars

with Ice Hatches Many of these photos are from large collection of 35 mm slides I bought some 30 years ago taken between 1957-58. (*) Photos I took between 1973-75. ART 91561, Liebmann Packing Company BAR 8918, B&A RR * BREX 76078, Burlington Refrigerator Express * CB&Q 239599, Burlington, wood sided reefer * CDRX 5002,… Read More »

Pacific Electric at San Fernando

Southern California Layout Design Part of model railroading is the layout design, and I have spent many an evening with pencil and paper designing layouts thinking what would be good addition to my existing HO scale layout. Not that I can use all these plans in my layout room, but I can share them by… Read More »

Passenger Car Photographs

By 1959 the Southern Pacific began painting their lightweight passenger equipment in Sunset color scheme, silver for the car sides and roof and a red letter board stripe, dark gray was used for the under body and trucks.  Listed below are the types of lightweight cars that ran on both the Coast Daylight, San Joaquin… Read More »