I took this photograph in Palmdale California sometime in 1973. This was the last SP San Joaquin Daylight to run east. On this day I had worked a freight from Bakersfield to Palmdale and waited for the very late running train. The train was extra long and I recall had a helper engine along with the standard SDP-45 locomotive.
I took this photograph earlier in the day at Cliff Siding west of Tehachapi. The sign on the nose of the locomotive reads “Last Pokey”. This is the last train number 51, also The San Joaquin Daylight.