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Southern Pacific 4-8-8-2 #4165 at Colton, California, c1951 (editor's title)

SP at Colton, CA
Southern Pacific "cab forward" steam locomotive #4165 simmering at Colton, California, circa 1951. Photographer Richard Steinheimer framed the scene with a water column, used for filling locomotive tenders, which he also used to block one of the bright pole lights illuminating the scene. Southern Pacific favored the unique cab forward design for its heavy freight locomotives operating in the mountains of California and Oregon. In 2008, Trains selected this image as one the "100 Greatest Railroad Photos" ever published in the magazine.
Source Shirley Burman
Coverage Spatial, Colton, California; Temporal, circa 1951
Rights Richard Steinheimer/Shirley Burman
Date Created c1951
Resource Type
Extent 11 in. x 14 in.
Depicted Railroad
Location Colton, California
Equipment, Locomotive AC-7 class 4-8-8-2 #4165
Builder, locomotive Baldwin Locomotive Works, 1937
Creator Description Richard Steinheimer (1929-2011) often is called the "Ansel Adams of railroad photography." Steinheimer documented the railroads' heyday and their transition to diesel motive power from steam. He had a particular fondness for the landscape of the American West, and many of his images situate trains in the larger geography and culture of the time. Known for taking pictures at night, in bad weather, and from risky perches on top of moving trains, Steinheimer had an enormous creativity and productivity. His photograph, "Southern Pacific steam helper at Saugus, California, 1947," was included in the Center's 20 Memorable Railroad Photographs of the 20th Century.
Collection Richard Steinheimer/Shirley Burman Collection
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