A little bit about me, and my passion for trains!
I was born in the Great State Of Georgia in 1948. In 1957 we moved to South Carolina.
My father, who also is a railfan, would take us to the train station to see the Southern Railway's passenger train named the Southern Crescent.
We moved to Los Angeles, California in 1958.
Street cars and the Big Red Cars were still in operation at that time.
One day my father took us to the Willowbrook area and along Alameda
there were miles of steam engines on the way to the scrap yard. In the late sixies,
spent many days in the Mission Tower area outside Los Angeles Union Station.
Between 7 am and 1 pm, I saw Southern Pacific's Sunset Limited Arrive
and the San Joaquin Daylight, the Coast Daylight depart, Santa Fe's San Diegan, Chief and The Grand Canyon depart, The San Diegan, Super Chief/El Capitan and Grand Canyon arrive and Union Pacific's City Of Los Angeles Arrive and depart.
In between all this action, there were equipment and freight transfer moves.
After getting married and having kids, I would often take the family to see the trains. They enjoyed this family outing.
In 1979, I was hired by Southern Pacific's Mechanical Department.
I worked in the car department until 1986, then moved to the diesel servicing facility.
I worked for Southern Pacific for 17 years and Union Pacific for 14 years. Around the year 2000, Union Pacific eliminated the hostler position, so I along with other trained to be locomotive movers. For a longtime railfan, it was like a dream come true.
I retired in 2010 after 31 years.