New Track with a Steam Assist

Jack Finn Collection

Jack Finn Collection

A Southern Pacific steam locomotive numbered 1327 provides assistance to the Pacific Electric track and catenary construction crew on the Long Beach Line on the Southern Division. This is possibly at Seal Gardens near Manchester, looking north.

Jack Finn Collection

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  • David Coscia

    The locomotive number is 1327. It is not obvious at first, but there is a man holding on to the back of the tender, with his back is towards the photographer, and he is covering the number 1. The letters S.P. tell us it is a Southern Pacific Railroad locomotive, and all steam locomotives west of El Paso, Texas, on this line were 1000-5000. Numbers less than 1000 were in Texas and Louisiana.

  • Al Donnelly

    True in this case but not strictly. That is, the numbers correspond to ownership in Atlantic/Eastern or Pacific Lines, but not always to assignment. A group of the 1908 Alco Brooks M-9 Moguls in the SP 1804- series went straight to T&NO service before heading west in 1910. The proper definition of a rule should be “something that is set in place with the understanding that someone will eventually break it”.

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