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Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge Railroad

carson n colorado

Rolling Stock
Paintings
SPNG in the Movies

southern pacific lines



All material courtesy of Rich McCutchan unless otherwise noted.
See USE NOTICE on Home Page.
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A number of feature length Hollywood films have been made in the Owens valley, and several have included the narrow gauge. The line has appeared in "B" westerns with such stars as Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. Keeler has become "Crazy Horse, Nevada for a 1942 production. [RKO Studios] The narrow gauge played an important role in "Three Godfathers," starring John Wayne. The movie was made in the valley in 1949 and featured SP 9, flatcar 259 and combine 400. The film's train arrives at the fictional "Apache Wells, Arizona" tank. Film crews built the water tank and "weathered" the train to make it look even more dusty than usual. [Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer] The Slim Princess was also used in the 1950's television series "Annie Oakley," [The Cinder Trail] "Bad Day at Black Rock' used scenes filmed on the "Jawbone line," and at Laws, while the 1965 Steve McQueen Paramount film "Nevada Smith" used Laws and the narrow gauge display train..

cindar trail
Annie Oaklie - The Cinder Trail (Season 1/Episode 10)
March, 1954
Gail Davis / Jimmy Hawkins / Paul Burns


three godfathers
3 Godfathers - 1948
John Wayne / Harry Carey Jr. / Ward Bond

sinister journey sinister journey sinister journey
Sinister Journey - 1948
(There is as LOT of Slim Princess and Keeler Depot action in this movie!)
William Boyd / Andy Clyde / Rand Brooks

bad day at blackrock
Bad Day at Blackrock - 1955
Spencer Tracy / Robert Ryan / Ann Francis / Dean Jagger / Walter Brennan
Lee Marvin / Earnest Borgnine / Russell Collins

nevada smith
Nevada Smith - 1966
Still action at the Laws RR Museum
Steve McQueen / Karl Malden / Suzanne Pleshette / Martin Landau

saga of death valley
Saga of Death Valley - 1939
Roy Rogers / George "Gabby" Hayes / Ann Meredith
flame of barbary coast
Flame of Barbary Coast - 1945
John Wayne / Ann Dvorak

Film, Television, and the Southern Pacific Railroad

PDF File, Excel File
Courtesy of David Coscia's Southern Pacific Railroad Website

blazing sun
The Blazing Sun - 1950
Gene Autry / Lynne Roberts / Anne Gwynne
greed
Greed - 1925
Gibson Gowland / Zasu Pitts /Jean Hersholt

slim princess
3 Godfathers - 1948
John Wayne / Harry Carey Jr. / Ward Bond

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Somebody at Keeler Station filming a western.


annie oakley
Annie Oaklie - The Brass Collar (Season 1/Episode 1)
January, 1954
Gail Davis / Jimmy Hawkins / Brad Johnson
 

The Gene Autry Show - Steel Ribbon (Season 3 / Episode 11)
September 1953
Gene Autry / Gail Davis
A variety of "B" Westerns starring Gene Autry and Roy Rogers

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Owens Valley vestige - Engine No. 9

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Sunset Water Stop

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Southern Pacific 1 derrick at Mina - circa 1936

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Southern Pacific 1-A wheel car.



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Combine 1-B - housed the wrecking crew.

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Water tank car 350.

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Baggage Car 12 being used as crew quarters in Keeler - circa 1946

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Southern Pacific Flanger 108 at Laws - circa 1940



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Number 7 combine.

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Business Car 20 - 1936

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Caboose 467 - circa 1940 in Keeler


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Southern Pacific Baggage-Mail Caboose 12 - circa 1940 in Keeler

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Flanger 108 in Owens Valley

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Combine-caboose 401 - circa 1951


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Combine-caboose 12 in Owens Valley

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Southern Pacific freight cars at Owenyo - circa 1939

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SP 1 freight car - 1948

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SP 2 freight car - 1954

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SPNG boxcar.
(Text and Photo courtesy of eBay)

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Flat car 253 transformed into a tourist car with two outhouses


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Box car 2 at Keeler

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Southern Pacific "A" frame hopper 232 used for transferring materials from the narrow gauge to the standard gauge at Owenyo - circa 1954

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Stock car 177

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Southern Pacific "A" frame hopper 232

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Southern Pacific "A" frame hopper 339 used for transferring materials from the narrow gauge to the standard gauge at Owenyo.


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Southern Pacific - Carson & Colorado railroad art courtesy of John Coker

john coker
Carson & Colorado Railroad

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Crossing the Owens River

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Laws, CA turntable

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The Slim Princess at Owenyo


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The Slim Princess at Kearsarge Station


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The Slim Princess at the Owenyo transfer trestle.



lone pine mural
Mural in Lone Pine, CA of the Carson & Colorado RR in Owens Valley going to Keeler
[Photo courtesy of Ray DeLea]

bishop mural

Mural of the Slim Princess in Bishop
[Photo courtesy of Ray DeLea]

mural

Mural of the Slim Princess in Bishop, CA
[Photo courtesy of Ray DeLea]
Howard Fogg
[Howard Fogg painting]

auction item
1985 Carson & Colorado painting
(E-Bay auction item)

farnsworth painting
W. M. Farnsworth Carson & Colorado painting
(E-Bay auction item)

fred bonn

Fred Bonn painting of the "Slim Princess"
(E-Bay auction item)

mike pearsal
"From Nowhere to Nowhere" by Mike Pearsall

slim princess

SP narrow gauge #9 rolling towards Owenyo. A commission by the Southern Pacific Historical and Technical Society for a book cover.
(Text and Photo courtesy of Dennis Burke)
heading for laws
"Heading for Laws" by Jan Rons


desert run
"Desert Run" by Mike Pearsall


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slim princess
Caboose coach built in 1880 and retired in 1939.

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Tank car 71 at Keeler.

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Southern Pacific water car at Owenyo - circa 1954


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SP 1-D crew car at Mina in 1936


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Southern Pacific narrow-gauge boxcar number 2 in Keeler. This ancient piece of equipment was photographed, I believe, around 1948 based on the service date on the air reservoir. Notice the somewhat unusual Southern Pacific Lines logo on the "B" end of the car.
(Photo and text courtesy Mark Van Klaveren)

owenyo

February 22, 1954 at Owenyo.
(Photo courtesy of Mark Van Klaveren)
 

ebay

Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge Caboose 467 at Keeler, CA - 1942

owenyo

SP car #20 at Owenyo




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