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NWP Eureka Yard before 1961from Google Earth
This give a great view of the "baloon track".
Viewing full size you can see some great detail.
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You have convinced me. There are landmarks missing from the photo that were there in 1961and are still there today, so it has to be prior to 1961. Strange that Google would date it 2005. I changed the caption.
This photo was taken by a gentleman named Schuster in 1952! The image was made om 5x7 eastman kodak aerial negative film. If you look closely, you can identify numerous steam engines in steam, SW-1's and 2 TR-6 cow calf units. I encourage everyone to go to the earliest photos on this site to look at the images posted by Mrak Drury when he started the site. There are also links to the Humbodt State Library photo collection. Be prepared to spend some time there. Once you start looking, it is hard to stop!
Eureka Yard in 2005 looks to be full of trains and freight cars. Obviously, the photo must have been taken back in the 1960's. Thankyou for posting it. It really is a shame that the entire area is gone today of any signs of railroading, except for a very few. In 1963, my dad took me for a trip from Willits to Eureka, and back the next day on the dayliner. As we were approaching Eureka at sunset, we held on a siding for 7 SD9's and 122 loads coming out of the yard and heading for Willits. The yard on that evening was loaded with cars, and a local was just heading out towards Arcata. Sometimes it is rather difficult to look back.....to the good old days....
I believe it is a satellite photo and it definitely is from Google Earth.
Jack, I believe this is an image that is available from Google that is from the Schuster collection of aerial photographs scanned and made available by Humboldt State University. There are over 500 images taken by Mr. Schuster from just after WW2 and the mid 50's.
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