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1970s Intermodal Photos
« on: December 29, 2009, 07:48:53 AM »
Yes, the swingin' Seventies.  We're bringing back memories of bell-bottom jeans, TJ Hooker, and the Disco Duck.  However, this thread is geared towards the booming intermodal scene, and digging into the archives, CACH has discovered many more nostalgic photos that should make his fellow Hankians very proud!

May of 1974--UPSZ 40-foot dropframes head north on the Erie Lackawanna at Griffith, Indiana.

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1970s Intermodal Photos
« on: December 29, 2009, 07:48:53 AM »

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Re: 1970s Intermodal Photos
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2009, 12:12:43 PM »
WOW! My tongue is wagging! A Thuerer (left) and Kentucky (right) on the same flatcar! AND they both have the red door frames...not stripes, complete door frames! The Kentucky-built unit is the prototype for the Athearn (Rail Power Products) parcel trailer.

Thanks for posting this Sam! Do you have any more?

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Re: 1970s Intermodal Photos
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2009, 01:51:02 PM »
Another cool pic! Always like seeing the '70's photos as my model railroad's era is late 60's/early 70's.  8-)

Having said that, I see another vanished '70's icon in the photo - the caboose!  :-(

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Re: 1970s Intermodal Photos
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2009, 03:15:08 PM »
In the 1970's UPS did not come into Ontario. The closest they came was Buffalo. There were several companies who would accept UPS shipments on behalf of Ontario based importers. These were consolidated and trucked into the GTA.




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Re: 1970s Intermodal Photos
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2009, 05:36:34 PM »
I don't know how many 70's/80's intermodal photos I have to put on this forum, as my collection of slides is into the six-figures numbers wise.  I'll update it when I come across anything that pertains to intermodal.

This is a photo from a 1965 Norfolk & Western derailment in Valparaiso, Indiana.  XTRZ 271060 went for a ride!

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Re: 1970s Intermodal Photos
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2009, 05:42:18 PM »
I've seen photos from the early days of TOFC when trailers were secured to flats with a multitude of chains, binders, springs, jacks etc. The ACF hitch simplified all that and, as the "picture worth 1,000 words" shows, is plenty strong & secure enough!

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Re: 1970s Intermodal Photos
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2009, 04:10:01 PM »
Here's two pictures from March of 1975 of various intermodal equipment.  In the 2nd picture, the flatbeds are REAZ units.


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Re: 1970s Intermodal Photos
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2009, 06:44:39 PM »
Very cool,  long before my time(Born in 1984).   I have never seen pics of a UPS trailer with a red door frame.   Interesting.

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Re: 1970s Intermodal Photos
« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2009, 08:38:56 AM »
These bring back memories!

Going to college @ the Univ. of Scranton I used to watch the TOFC including walking down where Steamtown is today and watching the Erie Lackawana loading trailers up a 'circus ramp' made from one flatcar w/ one rail truck removed and wood blocks to allow the single axle [old white] back the trailers on and off the row of flatcars. The workmen had an electric device to crank the ACF 5th wheels up and down.

Used to see through freights w/  a TOFC and a 20 footer container on the same car and new Cat loaders on flatcars w/ the controls crated over...and open auto racks.

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Re: 1970s Intermodal Photos
« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2010, 05:15:34 PM »
Here's one that caught my attention.  RNWZ 799999 is on a northbound Norfolk & Western freight into Chicago.  Taken in May of 1975, the trailer certainly has some interesting graphics, and the nose says "Realco Services Inc."  Judging by all of the 9s in the trailer number, it must have been some sort of test unit or trial run.




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Re: 1970s Intermodal Photos
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2010, 02:27:09 AM »
Hello CACHman,

First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!
Many thanks for all those fantastic "nostalgia intermodal" pictures!!!!!
Maybe you "know" already, I am also a big "rail-road NUT" and those pictures are the "salt in my soup"!!!!!
And they "prove" again that trucking and railroading "belongs" to each other!!!!!
I have many "intermodal-trailers" as model, but haven't hardly any "original" pictures!!!!!
And found also more "un-known" ones!!!!!
Looking forward to see much more!!!!!
Greetings from Germany,

The DAFman, Leo

EDIT: CACHman, do you "add" your pictures also on "www.railpictures.net"??
« Last Edit: January 02, 2010, 02:30:48 AM by The DAFman »
Deceased.

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Re: 1970s Intermodal Photos
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2010, 03:23:23 AM »
Ah, the glory days of intermodal!
I like that DART 40' container on chassis as well (Dart became part of OOCL).

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Re: 1970s Intermodal Photos
« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2010, 05:02:11 PM »
Leo,
I do not upload to RP due to their size restrictions.  I save my photos as 1200x780, and RP only goes up to 1024 pixels wide.

February of 1976--Intermodal train on the Erie Lackawanna at Griffith, Indiana.  Visible is a 40' UPS dropframe, EL pigs, and a Clipper intermodal trailer.  More photos to come this week.



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Re: 1970s Intermodal Photos
« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2010, 05:45:16 PM »
April of 1976--Porter, Indiana.  A Penn Central intermodal train features pigs on the headend and cans on the rear.

TTX 500181 holding UPSZ 87579 (40' dropframe) and an Erie Lackawanna (ELZ) trailer.


Several Zim Container Line cans are trailed by EL and PC cabooses.

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Re: 1970s Intermodal Photos
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2010, 02:27:33 AM »
Ah, the glory days of intermodal!



The "glory days" of railroading ( from a Train Watcher's perspective at least) since they still had full crews, cabooses (why not cabeese) etc.
The paint was varied and there were still lots of obviously foreign cars on each train too.
Trains look a lot different today.

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