The Western Pacific Collection
The F units
It is hard not to get fascinated with WP's F units. When I was photographing them, they were nearing the end of their days. It was still possible, however, to see pure sets of 6 units as God and General Motors intended.
|WB just out of Oroville
|The Keddie Wye is the signature location for the Western Pacific. This collection of Fs was photographed in the very early 1970s
|Note the old outside braced caboose
|The two pictures to the right were not take by me. I traded them to a fellow who worked at Berkeley Hardware, just off the University of California campus, in 1970. They are taken during the final year of the California Zephyr's operation
|The "Highline" connected the WP with the Great Northern at Klamath Falls, Oregon. Along with the Oregon Trunk coming south from the Columbia River Gorge, it formed the Inside Gateway which was always looked upon by the owning railroads as a challenge to SP's route to Oregon. The photos below illustrate Fs working on the highline.
|920D, shown here, was wrecked while working on the Highline. The wreck photo is at Stockton
|Solid Fs at Crescent Mills between Keddie and Greenville
|Bieber was the junction point with the Great Northern.