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When I was about twelve years old I frequented the area where the outdated steam locomotives were in storage. That place was in the Southern Pacific’s Bakersfield Yard. The locomotives were replaced with “modern” locomotives like this one. The new diesels were more efficient in about every way. They required a smaller crew, and could be connected together so that one engineer could operate up to ten locomotives at one time.

These locomotives in this photograph are now at the end of their lives and await their time to become scrap metal. Bye-the-way, my very first trip as a locomotive engineer was on an EMD-GP-9 like this one.


About Thomas Bethune

THOMAS ALLEN BETHUNE I have been interested in photography for most of my life. I started taking photographs with a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera when I was eight years old. My early subjects were trains and engineered structures as well as landscapes and family portraits. My interests and vision have matured, but the subjects that catch my eye continue to be of the same genre as my earliest visions. A neighbor man had a darkroom, and he showed me the basics of camera operation and darkroom processing. I took courses in art and photography in high school and college. I worked as an apprentice to a commercial wedding and event photographer, and I was in charge of a recreational dark room while I was in the military. As an adult, I earned a bachelor’s degree in photography from Humboldt State University. My experience with film formats included 35mm, 2 ¼”, and 4”x 5”. I exhibited at galleries near my home in Arcata California, and in Santa Fe New Mexico. All my current work is digital. I am scanning many of my legacy negatives and slides. I sometimes process and print the scanned negatives. I often post them on my blog. I process all of my prints with archival media. An award winning fine art photographer living in a redwood forest. BA Photography Director, Redwood Art Association, Eureka CA Co-curator, F Street Foto Gallery, Eureka CA
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4 Responses to DEAD DIESELS

  1. Relinquished Reversal says:

    What a beautiful photograph. I grew up playing around old water tanks by a shoe factory; this image evokes memories 🙂

  2. bigboy4006 says:

    Very interesting post and pic!

  3. Kevin says:

    Nice looking image and thanks for adding a little bit of history with it. Pretty cool!

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