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U30B 845

U30B 845 at Tennessee Yard on August 6, 1974.

Location is Memphis, Tennessee.

This is the mechanical department’s diesel service tracks area at Tennessee Yard. The locomotives are sitting on the wash rack track just northwest of the diesel shop. Additional locomotives visible in consist include SD40-2 UP 3135 and SD40 UP 3115. In the distance on the receiving and departure (R&D) yard tracks are several interesting Frisco color coded freight cars. These cars featured routing information indicating “Return to Agent Frisco Railway Memphis Tennessee”.

On the left is a blue SLSF 15500-15574 series (75 cars) 50’6” inside length, 4,828 cubic foot, smooth slab plug door boxcar. These load restraining equipped (XL) cars featured Evans DF-2 (damage free, 2nd generation) belt rails. Note these cars did not have an explanation mark (!) following the slogan “Ship It on the Frisco”. These cars were in assigned service to General Foods Corporation. General Foods products at the time included Post brand cereals including Grape Nuts and Post Toasties, Jell-O, Minute Rice, Log Cabin Syrup, Sanka and Maxwell House coffee and Birdseye brand frozen foods.

To the right are orange SLSF 15000-15099 series (100 cars) 40’6” inside length, 3,898 cubic foot, exterior-post lug door boxcars. They are in special assigned service to Kellogg Company. Memphis is host to one of the company’s cereal products plants just northeast of Frisco’s Yale Yard. Products produced at the plant have included Kellogg’s Corn and Frosted Flakes, Rice Krispies Treats and granola clusters. The plant address is 2168 Frisco Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38114.

Also visible in the left photograph is the west signal for the 250’ U-shaped vehicle tunnel underpass beneath the receiving and departure (R&D) tracks. This signal is interlocked to permit one way traffic through the single lane tunnel. Activating the push button at either entrance starts a timer and clears the appropriate signal. Once the signal times out, following or opposing traffic can reactivate the push button for the timer in the desired direction.

This tunnel connects the railroad service road between the mechanical department’s freight car repair-in-place (RIP) and diesel shops. A second similar 60’ tunnel runs under the north lead drill tracks into the yard bowl. It too is a single lane tunnel, though shorter in length, with interlocked vehicle traffic signals. This tunnel accessed the service road between and parallel to the yard bowl and the R&D tracks. Both tunnels are 16 feet in diameter, with a 9 foot wide roadway and include employee pedestrian walkways.

View is looking north.

Special thanks to Mark Davidson.

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U30Bs 844 and 845

U30Bs 844 and 845 at Memphis, Tennessee on August 6, 1974
U30Bs 844 and 845

U30Bs 844 and 845 at Memphis, Tennessee on August 6, 1974.

This sunset view was taken at the Mechanical Department’s diesel service facilities at Tennessee Yard. U30B 845 and three Union Pacific units are on the locomotive wash rack track. This track leads to and is an extension of Service Track 1. The sign to the right warns, “Close clearance. Do not ride side of equipment through the wash rack piping.” Further in the distance are company service diesel fuel yellow dome tank cars. They are sitting at the two fuel unloading tracks.

The fuel unloading tracks are serviced by eight fuel unloading standpipes. Each vertical stand featured pipes with upper flexible elbow joints to swing out and reach over the top of the fuel cars. On the outer end was a flexible rubber hose that was dropped or dipped through the dome of the car to pump out the fuel. Beyond the tank cars is the large bulk fuel storage tank.

On the left, additional units are being moved on the north end of other service tracks. An additional unit identified is GP35 719. On its nose are orange diagonal stripes intended to improve the visibility of the approaching engine. The TY diesel shop is to the southeast behind the photographer. The five service tracks, plus a runaround/turntable lead, number outward to the west from the shop.

Folks interested in operations will note the different illumination configuration of each General Electric lead unit. U30B 844 has only its number boards illuminated. This indicates it will be the identifying unit for a scheduled or regular train. In contract, U30B 845 in addition to having its number boards illuminated also is displaying white class lights. These lights are high on its nose near the outer corners. This combination indicates that consist is power for an extra train.

The view is looking northwest.

Special thanks to Mark Davidson.

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U30B 845

U30B 845 at Springfield, Missouri (date unknown)
U30B 845

U30B 845 at Springfield, Missouri (date unknown).

The locomotive is on the diesel shop pocket-track. The view is looking south. Behind the engine is the covered service track area shed. To its left is the tower-like filling tower for the sand gantry. The elevated pipes in front of the locomotives are the steam and return lines leading to the wash rack pump house.

Special thanks to Mark Davidson.

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B30-7 867, U30B 845, U28B 811, GP38-2 461 and GP38AC 636

B30-7 867, U30B 845, U28B 811, GP38-2 461 and GP38AC 636 (date and location unknown) (Trackside Slides)
B30-7 867, U30B 845, U28B 811, GP38-2 461 and GP38AC 636

B30-7 867, U30B 845, U28B 811, GP38-2 461 and GP38AC 636 at Tulsa, Oklahoma (date unknown) (Trackside Slides).

This photograph was taken at Cherokee Yard. The subject locomotives are pulling a train entering the eastern most arrival and departure (A&D) track. The four A&D tracks on this side of the yard complex were added as part of a modernization and expansion program after the hump yard was originally constructed.

The train is bound timetable east (geographic north/northeast at this point). In the distance, the microwave tower above the third locomotive, U25B 811, is immediately south of the yard office and hump crest tower. The light tower visible above the cab of second locomotive, U30B 845, is immediately north of the hump secondary retarders tower.

The photograph was taken very near the intersection of West 31st Street and Service Road. This is just west of the Red Fork Expressway, Interstate 244/U.S. 75, between highway mile posts 2 and 3. To the south of this point, the road visible in the lower left hand corner leads to the Cherokee Yard Office with hump tower.

Rising in the distance beyond the yard is Lookout Mountain. On this hill Tulsa television station KTUL Channel 8, the local ABC affiliate, has their broadcasting studio and offices.

The view is looking west.

Special thanks to Mark Davidson.

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