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SP train SLWCY crossing the longest bridge over the Tehachapi Creek

Southern Pacific Railroad train SLWCY at Rowen, CA SP train SLWCY crosses the longest bridge over the Tehachapi Creek

The smog is rolling in from the valley. Engines 6921, 5300, 5321, 5314, 5320 lead train SLWCY up the hill on November 1, 1976. Just east of Rowen siding the tracks cross Tehachapi Creek on the longest bridge on the line. It then swings around the Chavez compound. This compound used to be the Stony Brook Sanatorium. It opened its doors to tuberculosis patients on December 1, 1918. From a modest beginning of just a few buildings, it expanded and grew into what became a modern tuberculosis hospital. The old abandoned sanitarium was purchased by Cesar Chavez in the 1970's and was the headquarters for the United Farmers Workers Union.

Southern Pacific Railroad helper engines on train SLWCY at Rowen, CA

Engines 9393, 5302, UP3192, and 6905 are cut in as helpers. Disk 43

SP caboose on train SLWCY crossing the longest bridge over the Tehachapi Creek