Monday, August 31, 2009

So-Cal Postcards 1950's

Villa Marina Restaurant - Balboa Island, California - The finest yacht harbor in the west is the spacious land locked bay of Balboa. Around the bay one may eat the best food and look out over the blue sail dotted bay where once Yankee smugglers hid out.

Victor Hugos Restaurant - Laguna Beach, California - One of the many walks that wind through the park at Victor Hugos. Along the border flowers bloom and one may look out over the blue Pacific Ocean or to the rocks below wher seals may be seen playing in the cool clear water.

Oceanside, California - Located north of San Diego on Highway 101. This residential town, beach resort and a trading area for inland farms. Nearby is found a Marine Base and training grounds. Five miles north of Oceanside is Mission San Luis Rey founded in 1789.

Editor: Every once in a while you find some very cool postcards. These are truly awesome. If anyone is interested in purchasing these cards, I have a few extra sets available for $9.00, postage paid.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Streets of America - 1960's

Here are some great 1960's slides of street scenes in America. Help me out by giving me any additional information about some of the locations if you can. Thank you.

Hollywood, California - Looking east on Hollywood Blvd.

Zorayda's Castle and Gift Shop - St Augustine, Florida.

View of Bridge in Minnesota - ????? - Anyone!
See comments for more information.

General William Jackson Palmer - Colorado Springs.

LINK: For many more great pics visit Actionlog's Photostream on Flickr.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Knott's Book Signing

The big day for the Jay Jennings' signing of his book, "Knott's Berry Farm: The Early Years" is fast approaching. If you get a chance go out to Knott's, meet Jay, buy his book and eat some great fried chicken. Below is the invitation with all the information.

The following is a newspaper article from the Friday, August 7th edition of the "Buena Park Independent" newspaper. This gives you a real good background of Jay's qualifications as the "Knott's Berry Farm, Historian".

If you have any questions for Jay, here is a link to his blog, "The Knott's Berry Farm Museum", where you can contact him. Good Luck Jay, All The Best!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Ted Kennedy R.I.P.

Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy (February 22, 1932 – August 25, 2009) was a United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party. In office since Nov 1962, Kennedy served nine terms in the Senate.

Streets of America - 1950's

Here are some great 1950's slides of street scenes in America. Help me out by giving me any additional information about some of the locations if you can. Thank you.

Alberquerque, New Mexico main street.

Corn Palace - Mitchell, South Dakota.

Cy's Coffee Shop - ????? - Anyone!
UPDATE: Thank you for the info Anonymous
Cy's coffee shop was in Bakersfield, CA along Hwy 99.

Wall Street - Eagle River, Wisconsin.

LINK: For many more great pics visit Actionlog's Photostream on Flickr.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Washington DC 1960

Many of you will remember the posts I did in April of this year of a family named Reed traveling in their 1958 Ford station wagon and Sportcraft camping trailer. If you would like to re-visit these posts, I have listed all the links below.

The following group of pictures are from a vacation trip the Reed family took to Washington, D.C. in 1960. (All pictures used with permission of Leon Reed).

There used to be a trailer park right in East Potomac Park, next to the Jefferson Memorial and Washington Monument. It got bulldozed in the early 60s to make way for a new span of the 14th St. Bridge. (Photo: Walter Reed)

Capitol dome under re-construction. (Photo: Walter Reed)

The Navy Temp buildings were still there when this shot was taken (and for another 10 years or so) -- the Hirschhorn Art Museum and Air and Space occupy that spot now. Note the old green-white-orange DC Transit bus and the streets still crossing the middle of the Mall. (Photo: Walter Reed)

Note the Museum of American History under construction (left), no East Wing of the National Gallery (upper left), the Capitol Dome under reconstruction, roads and cars along the middle of the Mall, and Navy Temp buildings where the Hirschhorn and Air and Space Museums currently are located. (Photo: Walter Reed)

National Airport didn't amount to much back then. I'd guess that little cluster of trees hugging the river just beyond the 14th St. bridge might be the old NPS trailer park we stayed at a few times. Photographed from the top of the Washington Monument. (Photo: Walter Reed)

To see many more great pictures from the Reed family, visit lreed7649's photostream on Flickr.

Below are the links for the April 2009 posts of vacation pictures from the Reed family.

Reed Family - Vacation Transportation
Reed Family - Vacation Destinations
Reed Family - Calico Ghost Town
Reed Family - Knotts Berry Farm
Reed Family - Disneyland Part 1
Reed Family - Disneyland Part 2
Reed Family - Hoover Dam
Reed Family - Seattle Worlds Fair Part 1
Reed Family - Seattle Worlds Fair Part 2
Reed Family - Florida 1963
Reed Family - New York Worlds Fair 1964
Reed Family - The Grande Finale

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Henderson Mine Railroad

By: Chris Nuthall. The Henderson Mine Railroad, high up in the mountains west of Denver, Colorado, was unique when compared with regular railroads in the US - it was narrow gauge, electrified, used two axle locomotives in push-pull formation and, at the time, boasted the longest railroad tunnel in the US - albeit with only one portal. The line was the dedicated haulage system for the AMAX molybdenum mining and processing operation at Henderson, which, in 1980 was the largest single producer of molybdenum concentrate in the world.

The railroad linked the American Metal Climax (AMAX) Henderson molybdenum mine, located under Red Mountain near Empire, west of Denver, with the processing mill on the other side of the Continental Divide, about five miles off Highway 9 between Silverthorne and Kremmling, on Ute Pass Road. Commissioned in 1976, by 1980 Henderson was the world’s largest single producer of molybdenum ore, mining, hauling and crushing some 4.6 million tons of ore to produce 25,000 tons of molybdenum concentrate per annum.

The railroad was of 3 foot 6 inch gauge double track and electrified to 1,400V DC. It ran for 15 miles from an elevation of 7,500 feet, with the first 10 miles of dead straight 3% rising grade in tunnel (the longest tunnel in the US at the time), then a further 5 miles on an easier 1.3% rising grade from the tunnel Portal, winding up the William Fort Valley to the Crusher at the Mill site, elevation 9,500 feet. The maximum speed on the railroad was 25 mph.

At the bottom of the tunnel the line leveled out and took a turn to the right along what was known as the "hanging wall" before branching off into the various loading drifts, the ore being mined from various levels up to 400 feet above the loading area. Just before the start of the hanging wall the overhead voltage was dropped to 600V DC for safety reasons.

3533 inside a loading drift in the depths of the mine.

There was a ventilation shaft (Vent Raise) located halfway up the tunnel. With air temperatures at the bottom up to 100 degrees F, even in winter, and the Portal temperature down as low as -20 degrees F, the temperature gradient at the Vent Raise could be quite severe, with high humidity air coming up from the mine.

Ore trains were set up with usually two locomotives (locally known as locies or lokies) at the mill end and one at the mine end with about 22 ore wagons in between, connected by a six-wire Intra Train Communication (ITC) system which ran through each ore car. Occasionally 30-car trains were run with two pairs of locomotives.

Loaded train stops to confer with the operator of
GEC train at the Portal.

The mill site was self-contained as far rolling stock maintenance was concerned, with a combined "loci" shop and car barn, each fitted out with inspection pits and cranes, situated just before the crusher, where the loaded ore trains were discharged. Beyond the crusher was the tail track, three sidings where trains reversed for another run down to the mine to load, or for remarshalling to remove bad order locomotives or cars.

The haulage system worked around the clock; except on planned shutdown days and each train could run up to 8 or 9 return trips in a 24-hour period. For switching, the site had four small diesel locomotives, a number built by Plymouth.

A pair of Plymouth diesels take
3533 and 3535 to the tail track after repairs.

The original haulage fleet consisted of 32 locomotives (3501 to 3532) supplied by ASEA of Sweden, however in 1978 AMAX ordered four new locomotives of similar appearance from GEC Traction of Manchester, UK, due to ongoing issues with the ASEA fleet. This was apparently the first time that complete electric locomotives had been supplied to the USA from the UK and the first time for a long while that a British company had supplied a locomotive of any type to the USA.

The four locomotives were delivered from 1980 and were numbered 3533 to 3536 - they also had the distinction of being the very last locomotives to be built at the Vulcan Foundry at Newton le Willows, between Manchester and Liverpool, UK (Works Nos. 5590 to 5593). They were dual voltage; chopper controlled of a two-axle rigid design with two nose suspended 460kW (616 hp - continuous rating) G415BY traction motors similar to those supplied for the 7E 50kV AC ISCOR locomotives in South Africa.

With approximately 4-inch thick steel for the frames, the locomotives weighed in at 62 tons each, with almost 47 inch diameter wheels and a length of 25 feet 3 inches. The locomotive featured both dynamic and regenerative brake, enabling them to put power back into the overhead line while traveling down the tunnel in braking mode.

The haulage capacity was approximately 50% higher than that of the ASEA locomotives, demonstrated on one occasion when a locomotive on a preceding train failed and the two GEC locomotives rescued the disabled train in the tunnel, effectively hauling their own loaded train of 16 ore cars, plus a third of the preceding train’s 22 ore cars and a dead locomotive. In an early test, two GEC locomotives accelerated a fully loaded train of 16 ore cars from zero to 25 mph on the 3% grade in 2,000 feet.

The GEC locomotives did not live up to their expectations and a series of modifications were carried out, which led to improved reliability.

Modifications being undertaken on 3534 in the Loci Shop.

The first full day of ore haulage using these locomotives occurred on 31 July 1981, using locomotives 3533 and 3535, with 15 or 16 ore cars, with 3534 as standby. The final locomotive 3536 arrived in Denver at the end of 1981 and delivery to the mill site occurred early the following year. All four locomotives were operational by February 1982 and three locomotive trains with 21 or 22 ore cars were regularly run, although some three-locomotive test running had taken place before the arrival of 3536.

A serious downturn in the industry saw the mine and mill closed in October 1982 and the locomotives put into storage. The mine reopened in January 1984 and the locomotives were reactivated for a further period of service.

A loaded ore train arrives at the crusher hauled by
three GEC locomotives.

By the end of July 1999 the haulage system ceased operation and was replaced by an elevated conveyor, one of the longest of its type in the world, which basically ran up the tunnel and followed some of the original railroad formation to the mill. The haulage system was cut up for salvage in 2000, with two of the original ASEA locomotives being preserved, 3517 at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry, Colorado Springs and 3524 at the entrance of the Henderson Mill site itself.

The four GEC locomotives also lasted until the end and were disposed of in the same year. The author was on the UK commissioning team for the GEC locomotives for a year from April 1981 and experienced many interesting trips into the tunnel, riding "shotgun" on the GEC locomotives. Much of the article is from memory so any corrections would be gratefully received.

The end of the line - a view of the Tail Track at
the Henderson Mill site.

Copyright © Chris Nuthall. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission. Thank you Chris.

LINK: To see more of Chris Nuthall's railroad photography, visit the "CN Rail Gallery".

Saturday, August 22, 2009

New York City 1955

New York City has always been an absolutely fascinating city to me. Almost 2 years after these pictures were taken a 10 year old kid stepped off the boat, into Times Square. Talk about culture shock beyond belief. But this is where that over-worked word "AWESOME" really comes into play.

Mayfair Theater billboard with Jane Russell in Underwater
presented by Howard Hughes.

The Times Building, Criterion Theater
and the Sheraton Astor Hotel.

43rd Street and Broadway, Hotel Sheraton Astor,
Loew's State Theater.

Broadway and 49th Street, Winter Garden Theater,
Join the US Army. (I DID !)

Radio City Music Hall, March 13, 1955. Jane Powell,
Tony Martin, Debbie Reynolds and Vic Damone
starring in that "WACKY" stage spectacular "Hit The Deck".

LINK: For many more great pics visit Actionlog's Photostream on Flickr.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Railroad Stations - Part 2

Here are some more fantastic vintage railroad stations. Although some are no longer active railroad stations and are used for other purposes, the fact that they have been restored and saved for all to see is very cool.

This is a replica of a station in Langley, South Carolina, and it houses a model railroad exhibit at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin. There is no Hood Junction. Mr. Hood was a major contributor to the model rail exhibit.

Built by Missouri Pacific Railroad in 1917. Now a Bill Clinton museum in the town where he was born - Hope, Arkansas.

M-K-T ("The Katy") railroad station in its namesake city - Katy, Texas. Built in 1913. Restored, and now a city museum.

Former Missouri Pacific station in suburban St. Louis - Kirkwood, Missouri. Built in 1893, now an Amtrak stop.

Former Santa Fe station in Wickenburg, Arizona. Built in 1895 by Santa Fe, Prescott & Phoenix Railway. Now used as a museum and city offices.

LINK: To see more of Ron's Reiring's collection visit kla4067's photostream on Flickr.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Vintage Railroad Stations

Many railroad stations throughout the US are examples of some of the most amazing architecture you can find anywhere. I am a fan of all of them, but the last picture of a simple, traditional style railroad station is still my favorite.

Built in 1891 by Maine Central Railroad at the top of Crawford Notch in New Hampshire. It is owned by the Appalachian Mountain Club and used by Conway Scenic Railroad.

Former Chicago & Northwestern and Milwaukee Road station in Owatonna, Minnesota. Restored and relocated in a city park.

Built in 1874 and used by Maine Central Railroad in North Conway, New Hampshire. Passenger service to Boston was discontinued on 2 December 1961. Passenger service was restored in 1995 by Conway Scenic Railroad.

Built in 1898 by Southern Railway at Barber Junction, NC. It has been restored and relocated to the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, North Carolina.

Built by the Burlington Route in 1906 in Lodge Grass, Montana. Restored and relocated to the Big Horn County Historical Museum in Hardin, Montana.

LINK: Posted by Ron Reiring on Flickr. To see more of Ron's collection visit kla4067's photostream.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Woodstock - 40 Years Ago

Forty years ago, LIFE's photographers and reporters were on the scene when half a million young people -- "lured by music, the country and some strange kind of magic" -- came together on a dairy farm in upstate New York.

From Aug. 15-18 of 1969, they created a colorful, amazingly functional community whose ideals would reverberate for much longer than those three days. To celebrate the anniversary of Woodstock, here are photos from the festival -- shots that evoke its spirit of peace, love, music, and mud.

The jammed road to Woodstock, wrote LIFE columnist Barry Farrell in a special edition of the magazine, was "like a Day-Glo Ganges cutting through the safe billiard green of Archie and Jughead's America." (Photo: Life Magazine)

Artist Paul Foster, a member of author Ken Kesey's psychedelic troupe, is quite a vision in his winged top hat, striped jacket, patchwork jumpsuit, and flip-flops. Walking behind him: the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia. (Photo: Bill Eppridge / Life Magazine)

The huge crowd, looking towards the large yellow tents, during the Woodstock Music & Art Fair. (Photo: John Dominis / Life Magazine)

Robin Hallock, stands leaning against cables wearing many different beaded necklaces. (Photo: Bill Eppridge / Life Magazine)

Unidentified man seated with two young boys in front of a wildly painted schoolbus, during the Woodstock Music Art Fest. (Photo: Life Magazine)

Among the legendary acts that rocked the crowd until dawn: The Who, the Band, Janis Joplin, and Sly and the Family Stone. "From the fringes of the crowd, the stage looked like a pearl at the bottom of a pond, a circle of light fired down from towers as big as missile gantries," wrote LIFE's Barry Farrell. (Photo: Life Magazine)

LINK: The LIFE Magazine photo archive on Google