WP's Milpitas Yard

(Ken Rattenne Photo)
Milpitas was a real moneymaker for the Western Pacific. Built to service the new Ford Assembly Plant built in the early 1950s, Ford was WP's biggest online customer. Seen approaching the east end of the yard, the San Jose Turn has one of the railroad's bicentennial GP40s in charge, with a special red, white and blue display train tucked in behind the power.

Southern Pacifc's mainline is just off-camara to the left, connecting San Jose to Fremont and Warm Springs Yard, where the Friendly serviced the big GM plant in that town.

During the 1970s Milpitas was known for the destination of the Fabulous Four: WP's final four F7 units. Below, Covered Wagon 921 rests after delivering the San Jose Turn in April of 1977. After the crew gets back from "beans" the four Fs will return to Stockton. Today the unit resides at the Feather River Rail Society museum in Portola, California.
 


(Ken Rattenne Photo)