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Newly Discovered Photo of SP Cabforward!

July 21, 2008

This photo was found in with the Mt. Tamalpias Ry. Photograph. This picture, taken at an unknown location it was developed on August 20th 1937 by the “Hy-Klas” Photo Service. It was developed by the Nutone 10 point process. This is also a tiny wallet-sized photograph.

This unknown (no number) SP cabforward sporting a whaleback tender is shoving hard as a mid-train helper in a heavily wooded, remote location. You can see that the area was logged as recently as 30 years ago, note the stumps and small trees. There is a dirt road in the foreground. It’s a mixed freight, a PFE reefer is right behind the Cab-Forward. It looks like a double-door SP 50′ autobox is two cars ahead of the locomotive.

SP cab forward shoving hard upgrade as a mid-train helper of a long mixed freight

If you’d like a high-resolution version of this photograph, without the watermarks, send an e-mail to the address below:


Please send me a message if you know anything more about where the photo was taken, what class of cab forward, be it an AC or AM class, or any further information would be most helpful.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Jeff Pape permalink
    July 21, 2008 6:33 am

    The size of the trees looks more like the Natron Cutoff than the Donner Pass route. It could be any of several sidings. Try Wicopee or Cruzatte. Wicopee is at an altitude that would have had such large trees at that time.

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