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  1. A Sort of Homecoming

    A Sort of Homecoming

    SP's headquarters were located at 1 Market Street in San Francisco. It seems only appropriate, then, that ex-SP equipment can still be found working the last remaining industries in the city that still ship by rail. Here's the South City Switcher running down Quint St. in the heart of SF's...
  2. BNSF7795


    "The bluest skies you've ever seen are in Seattle". On April 24 a southbound baretable passes by King Street Station.
  3. This One's Gonna Tie Up Traffic

    This One's Gonna Tie Up Traffic

    A lengthy UP auto rack train rolls down Embarcadero St. in Jack London Square.
  4. Where the Rail Meets the Road

    Where the Rail Meets the Road

    An Amtrak Capitol Corridor train enters the street running of Jack London Square on the last quarter mile before reaching the Oakland Amtrak station.
  5. 700 in Hillsboro

    700 in Hillsboro

    In September 1998 the SP&S 700 turns on the wye in Hillsboro.
  6. Class 90 90003

    Class 90 90003

    Virgin Lines Class 90 90003 sitting in Liverpool Lime Street Station awaiting boarding in 2001
  7. 4-axle Only Territory

    4-axle Only Territory

    Four geeps on the South City Switcher squeal their way through the tight curve between Arthur St. and Quint St. This and several other curves along the route restrict this job to 4-axle units.
  8. Junkyard Alley After a Rainstorm

    Junkyard Alley After a Rainstorm

    The South City Switcher reflects off of muddy puddles as it rolls through Junkyard Alley following a rainstorm the day before.
  9. Passing Circosta Iron

    Passing Circosta Iron

    The South City Switcher rolls past a gritty scrap company as it passes through the area I like to call Junkyard Alley.
  10. Cruzin' Past Hotel California

    Cruzin' Past Hotel California

    The Santa Cruz Local runs up Beach St. in downtown Santa Cruz, passing an old apartment complex that could pass for "Hotel California."
  11. Intersection of 3rd & Carroll

    Intersection of 3rd & Carroll

    The South City Switcher disrupts traffic at the intersection of 3rd and Carroll as they deliver a cut of reefers to a local produce warehouse. It was a nice surprise to see the old Grande unit in the lead this day.
  12. Jack London Autumn

    Jack London Autumn

    A Capitol Corridor train departs Oakland running down Embarcadero St. in Jack London Square.
  13. Switching Oyster Point Industrial Park

    Switching Oyster Point Industrial Park

    The South City Switcher pulls a cut of empty reefers out of an industry in the Oyster Point Industrial Park in South SF while a Genentech shuttle bus looks on. What the photo doesn't show is that as the train blew for the crossing, the bus driver reciprocated with honks from his own horn. The...
  14. Snaking Through the Street

    Snaking Through the Street

    The South City Switcher winds its way through the twisting street trackage of San Francisco's Bayview industrial district. Although the train comes through on a daily basis, many people assume the tracks are abandoned and park on the tracks. However, today there were no problems.
  15. Oblivious


    A lady in a minivan is totally oblivious to the train coming towards her. looks like she might get hit, but she is about a block away from the train.
  16. Largrange Street Running

    Largrange Street Running

    CSXT 376 works its way past the Walnut St. crossing in Lagrange, KY.
  17. Cruising the Embarcadero

    Cruising the Embarcadero

    A long eastbound of empty auto racks carefully makes its way down Embarcadero Street in Jack London Square.
  18. Rolling Through Junkyard Alley

    Rolling Through Junkyard Alley

    The South City Switcher runs through "Junkyard Alley," also known as Rankin Street, which is lined with scrap dealers. All of the vehicles off to the side were sitting on the tracks waiting to enter the junkyard just a minute prior. When the train arrived, there was a mad dash to pull...
  19. UP 1347 at Quint & Arthur

    UP 1347 at Quint & Arthur

    UP 1347 leads the South City Switcher through the tight curve off of Quint Street and onto Arthur Street.
  20. Let's All Get Out and Push!

    Let's All Get Out and Push!

    This Saab was fouling the tracks ahead of the South City Switcher. They had to wait for a tow truck to show up to remove the car. With the tow truck driver at the wheel, the brakeman and a good samaritan shove the car out of harm's way. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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