Early California Oil Industry

This web page is about California Oil history, it is done as a pictorial because web pages are really great for photographs but not for reading long boring text. If you really like oil history, there are a number of great books that can be checked out of a library. These photographs are from my… Read More »

Movie Production Railroading

Back during the early 1990s the Southern Pacific Railroad had a train rental plan for the movie studios. Thats when the studios had the big money to spend on their productions, however production budgets are getting much more thrifty about their railroad scenes. Nowadays model railroad layouts are used such as my layout because it… Read More »

Painting the Mountains

Here is an experiment that you can do with friends testing their knowledge about locations. Take a train photograph that includes a mountain range far in the background. Cover the bottom part of the photo that would give away the location. Your friend may still recognizes the location mainly because of the outline of the… Read More »

Modeling a Beer Distributor

In a city like Los Angeles, the most valued industrial property is where a company receives or ships its products using rail service along a main line right-of-way. Industrial structures are nested next to the other with little or no space between them, and usually served with a long spur track along the right-of-ways property… Read More »

Manley Oil Field No.2

These photographs of another downtown Los Angeles oil field were taken in 1983. They show a 3-well, jack-line oil field operated by Manley Oil located on a hillside at the corner of Glendale Blvd and Rockwood St, just over a mile west of the Los Angeles city hall. At the time these photos were taken,… Read More »

Mail and Express cars

Railroads hauled the U.S. Mail under contract from the Government. Each railroad had cars called a Railway Post Office (RPO) used to sort mail by Postal Workers and Mail Storage Cars for bulk mail in sacks. Most passenger trains had an RPO Car that would pick up a mail bag on the fly by means… Read More »

The Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal

The Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal was called the last of the great train stations that opened in 1939 to serve the three major western railroads, Southern Pacific, Union Pacific and the Santa Fe. Take a look around this magnificent station on the Photo Tour Page. and have your computer sound on. NEW Rules and… Read More »

Modeling the Los Angeles River

Using the LA River as a fascia. The Los Angeles River meanders along side SP Taylor Yard’s engine facility. Part of my growing up years in Los Angeles was riding my bicycle along the concrete LA River channel, this was always a fun way to spend an afternoon. Later during my 20s and a Southern… Read More »

THE 1938 LOS ANGELES RIVER FLOOD

The Los Angeles River had been known to flood many times in Los Angeles early history, but never, as it had done during a four day storm starting on March 2,1938. Most of the rain fell on the fourth day and this was the 5 th largest flood in history. The Southern Pacific’s first crossing… Read More »