Southern Pacific Extra 7508 West

The Niles operator has already secured two sets of flimsies on the pair of train order hoops outside the warm glow of the tower as Southern Pacific Extra 7508 clatters over the Western Pacific main line. On the engineer's side of the cab, the SP hogger has his arm stretched out in the shape of a wide hook as he aims for the topmost hoop. The lower hoop contains an identical set of orders but meant for the train's conductor, tucked away inside his baywindowed caboose. (Ken Rattenne Photo)