Category Archive: Railroad

Jul 14

Sicily invaded, World War II week by week

July 1, 1943 Telegram-Tribune headlines include invasion of Sicily.

If anyone wondered where the Western Allies were moving next early July would provide answers. The Japanese forces were under attack at the Aleutian island of Kiska and the Southwest Pacific base of Munda, In Europe Sicily was under bombardment from sea and air as British and American forces prepared to invade. President Franklin Roosevelt …

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Jul 11

Ah Louis, pioneer builder of San Luis Obispo

Ah Louis was the nickname given to Wong On who arrived in San Luis Obispo about 1870.

Ah Louis has to be on any top ten list of early persons of influence in San Luis Obispo. This article comes from the May 10, 1956 Centurama edition of the then Telegram-Tribune but the column was republished from one written in 1929 so some of the references need to be updated. Post a comment …

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Jul 02

R.R. Crossing Poly

©The Tribune

Couldn’t find a story to go with these negatives marked R.R. Crossing Poly Sept 7-63. My guess is this is the Foothill Blvd. crossing of the Southern Pacific tracks. Cerro San Luis is on left, and Bishop Peak on right, the palm trees of California Blvd. This area is all student housing now. Post a …

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Jun 07

San Luis Obispo train station in the early morning, waiting for the Lark

San Luis Obispo train station in the early hours of Feb. 20, 1968. Few customers for the Lark, a Southern Pacific overnight between San Francsico and San Luis Obispo.
©The Tribune/Jim Vestal

Waiting for the Lark. It takes a lot of time to match up photos and articles from the file, and some weeks I don’t have a lot of time. I want to keep the blog fresh with new images and often some would be fun to share don’t need a lot of extra writing. I …

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Mar 24

U-Boat threat World War II, week by week

May 16, 1943 Telegram-Tribune

March 16, 1943 One of the many problems to be solved during the war was that of the German U-Boats. They threatened to choke off the sea-lanes between North America and Britain. Without advances in technology and tactics the war would not be won. Germany claimed they were starting the biggest sea blitz of the …

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Feb 12

Avila truss bridge collapses, vestage of the Pacific Coast Railway

The 98-year-old Pacific Coast Railway bridge near Port San Luis collapsed on its own weight in San Luis Creek.
©Wayne Nicholls/Telegram-Tribune

You may have wondered about the mysterious henge looming beside San Luis Creek in Avila Beach. It is one of the last remaining monuments to the dawn of modern Central Coast transportation, the Pacific Coast Railway. The concrete plinth was an underpinning to Bridge No. 5. The narrow gauge rails were in use for 66 …

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Feb 11

Stalingrad a Soviet victory: World War II week by week

The battle for Stalingrad was ending. Telegram-Tribune front page from Feb. 1, 1943.

Catching up where we left off before our when our microfilm machine was repaired… Feb. 1, 1943 Stalingrad was almost over after five months of house to house combat. Both the German Army and Air Force would suffer losses here that would be difficult to replace. A further debacle for the Nazi forces was developing …

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Jan 22

The Oceano Southern Pacific Depot restoration and Harold Guiton

Harold Guiton stands in front of the Southern Pacific, Oceano Depot, ready to continue with the restoration.
©Doug Parker/The Tribune

Harold Guiton would be happy to see the depot in use today. He and other volunteers saved what is now the only remaining Southern Pacific Depot in the county. Paso Robles modernized and remodeled their depot after a fire so it is little like the original structure. San Luis Obispo bulldozed their wood frame depot. …

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Jan 14

Phillips Lane bridge over Southern Pacific tracks bites the dust

The Phillips Lane Railroad bridge had come to the end of the road in 1966.
©The Tribune

How many bridges are there across the Union Pacific tracks in San Luis Obispo today? One at Mill Street, two if you include the pedestrian Jennifer Street bridge. The railroad seems to prefer forcing automotive traffic under their right of way as at Highland, Monterey, Johnson and Tank Farm. Only Marsh, Orcutt and Cal Poly …

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Jan 12

Save a life with a knife, New Southern Pacific station, World War II week by week

The Telegram-Tribune of January 9, 1943 had an unusually high number of war related local stories.

Sixteen stories were jammed onto the front page January 9, 1943. The new railroad station in San Luis Obispo was scheduled to start construction January 11. The new building was estimated to be $50,000 and a total cost of $96,000 to move the old wood frame building and tracks. A centralized traffic control system had …

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