After graduating from high school, friends and I drove up to Northern California to photograph the Western Pacific in Stockton and the Feather River Canyon. WP employees told us we may want to wai... (more)
In March of 1985, an eastbound SP manifest bursts out of the fog at Stockton Tower.
Early on a Saturday morning in August 1996, two trains prepare to depart the yard at Charter Way. First out will be UP 6001 East, an APL stack train out of Oakland headed for Chicago, followed by ... (more)
On a beautiful mid-day in March 1974, a big crowd is on hand at the Stockton Amtrak Depot to witness the inaugural run of San Joaquin service. Amtrak 417 West, train No. 710, is the first regularl... (more)
Power off a BN 137 train idles at the engine facility in WP's Stockton Yard. The power will return to the Pacific Northwest on the counterpart symbol, BN 138, via WP's and BN's Inside Gateway. BN ... (more)
In August 1984, Sacramento Northern GP9 No. 711 idles next to ex-WP GP35s at the engine facility. During this time, UP had brought its big Centennials out of storage, and they were often making it... (more)
WP 3504 West approaches the lead at Charter Way as it prepares to enter Stockton Yard. No. 3504 wears one of several paint schemes WP tried before settling on the all-orange nose. 3504 was built i... (more)
Big UP SD50 No. 5078 leads a westbound freight over the crossing with Santa Fe's Stockton Sub at the tower. When freights approached the tower, they would often call the operator for a "light... (more)
Late in the afternoon, a couple of young boys hang out near a small bridge as a WP westbound crosses it. To the right of the train is the WP-Santa Fe interchange yard.
On a clear winter's day, SP 9805 East passes Stockton Tower. The train is a relatively short manifest headed for Roseville. Note that only two tracks remain on SP's right of way, where there used ... (more)
A WP mechanical department workman gives GP35 No. 3007 a thorough washing before she goes into the shop.
Doing their weekend chores, all three of SP's GP40-2s haul a pig train eastward through Stockton. Come Monday morning, they'll be back in their regular service hauling "commutes" on the ... (more)
Sacramento Northern and WP switchers gather at the engine facility. In just a few short months, all these switchers will be in a line awaiting "disposition" following the UP merger.
Santa Fe 4023 West, a 199 train out of Chicago, crosses the SP's Valley Line at Stockton Tower.