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Photobob's Espee: Images by Robert Morris, Narrative by Robert J. Zenk
Photobob's Espee: Images by Robert Morris, Narrative by Robert J. Zenk

Photobob's Espee: Images by Robert Morris, Narrative by Robert J. Zenk

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Robert J. Zenk

Southern Pacific Historical and Technical Society, 2017


This is another book which makes me miss the Southern Pacific. I was fortunate enough to live in Tucson, Arizona when Tucson was a Southern Pacific railroad town and Pacific Fruit Express employed 1,000 men. The photographs were taken in Bob's 'region', California and Oregon. Most photographs were taken in northern California. Some photographs will help model railroaders with their detailing, other photographs have an art gallery feel. The captions are informative but there are no dates attached to the photographs. You will have to guess about what year they were taken.

Robert "Photobob" Morris has been photographing the Southern Pacific since 1959. Having started in his teens, Bob's large-format images are an extraordinary record of the changing face of the Southern Pacific from the 1960s to its final days in the 1990s. The book features large photo reproduction, one image to a page. The accompanying text by Robert J. Zenk explores the content in detail and provides rich historical background. The text also shares some of the Photobob stories behind the photographs. From Donner to Dunsmuir, Commutes to beet trains, Alco PAs to SD70Ms, from the Cal-P to the Northwestern Pacific, and from freight operations to locals and legendary passenger trains, "Photobob’s Espee" is a long-awaited collection by one of the finest Western Railroad photographers. Over 45 years of Southern Pacific photography, covering the 1960s through the 1990s are between the covers of this book. There are more than 210 images, with more than 30 in color, which are presented photo-gallery style with each image displayed for maximum impact.

Southern Pacific Historical and Technical Society, softcover, 244 pages, 10.25 x 8.75 x .5 in., black and white and color photographs.

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