Historic Packing Houses, Packing Sheds and Other Industrial Structures
in Central and Northern California

Edison, CA from 1979 to 2008

Copyright 2009 by James E. Lancaster, Ph.D.

Photographers:
Keith Jordan, Jim Lancaster and John Signor.

Web Page Created January 3, 2009
Last Updated 
January 23, 2010

All images remain the property of the individual photographers and may not be used without permission.

SP SPINS Diagram for  Edison. Track numbers in the photo captions below refer to this diagram (the captions are below the photos). Note that most track numbers have been shortened to two digits, i.e, track 1260 is shown as track 60. Only tracks 1235 and 1236 are shown with four digits between the private crossing and Pepper Drive. (Cliff Prather Collection)

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1979



Photo 79-1.
This photo shows the eastern end of Edison from the cab of the westbound SP Starpacer in 1979. To the immediate right of the westward main is a siding (track 60) with a jog in the distance around a block signal.  Further to the right is the drill track (track 61). At the far right is Johnston Farms (tracks 69, 70 and 71). To the left is the eastward main and then another drill track (track 1235). At the far left is Giumarra Farms and Edison Citrus (tracks 42 and 43). There is another view of Johnston Farms in Photo 03-1, below. (John Signor collection)

Photo 79-2. This photo shows the middle of Edison from the cab of the westbound SP Starpacer as it approaches the block signal seen in the distance in Photo 79-1. To the right behind the mechanical reefers on is Big L Packers (tracks 74 and 75). At the left is Kundert Farms (tracks 46 and 47). There more views of Big L Packers in Photo 91-1 and of Kundert Farms in Photos 08-7 and 08-8, below. (John Signor collection)  

1991

Photo 91-1. This photo shows the truck loading side of JJ Ash Packers just east of the Pepper Drive crossing in 1991 (track 1236). There is a similar view in Photo 08-2, below. (Keith Jordan photo)



Photo 91-2. 
This photo shows the track side of JJ Ash Packers. The tracks from right to left are the westward main, eastward main, drill (track 1235) and siding (track 1236). There is a similar view in Photo 08-3, below. (Keith Jordan photo)


Photo 91-3. Truck side of unidentified packing house. (Keith Jordan photo)



Photo 91-4. 
Track side of unidentified packing house. (Keith Jordan photo)

2002


Photo 02-1. Agricultural Fertilizer Company (now J. R. Simplot Company) on September 20, 2002. A daily local served Edison from Bakersfield and on this day locomotive 8803 (an SD 40-2) was providing the service. (Robert Gaddie photo)

August 2009 Update from Robert Gaddie: "J. R. Simplot manufactures fertilizer and sells agricultural chemicals to farmers in the southern San Joaquin Valley.  A daily local serves Edison from Bakersfield. The normal locomotive is a remote controlled unit.  Union Pacific 735 (GP 38-2) was providing the service.  When the train is operated using remote control Railroad Police caboose 4709 is added to the train.  The engineer stands on the rear platform of the caboose when the train is being operated in push mode."

2003

Photo 03-1. This photo shows Johnston Farms in 2003. (John Signor photo)

Photo 03-2. The packing house on the right is Big L Packers. (John Signor photo)



Photo 03-3.
This view is looking toward Kundert Farms (where the reefers are spotted side-by-side) in 2003. There are additional views of Kundert Farms in Photos 79-2 and 08-7. Note the block signal also seen in Photo 79-2. (John Signor photo)



Photo 03-4.
Unidentified packing house in 2003. (John Signor photo)


2008

Photo 08-1. King-Pak packing houses west of the Pepper Drive crossing in September 2008. (Jim Lancaster photo)


Photo 08-2. Truck side of the former JJ Ash Packers in September 2008. The shed was demolished in December 2008. This is the same view as Photo 91-1. (Jim Lancaster photo)

Photo 08-3. Track side of the former JJ Ash Packers in September 2008. The shed has been demolished. This is the same view as Photo 91-2. (Jim Lancaster photo)


Photo 08-4. This photo shows the truck side of the Lehr Brothers "Tree Ripe Oranges" packing house in Edison in September 2008 (track 1236). The following PhotoLinks provide additional photos of the Lehr packing house.  PhotoLinkPhotoLinkPhotoLinkPhotoLinkPhotoLink (All photos by Jim Lancaster)

Photo 08-4a. This photo shows the track side of the Lehr Brothers "Tree Ripe Oranges" on September 8, 2008 (Robert Gaddie photo) 



Photo 08-5.
This photo shows the truck side of Progressive Farms in Edison in September 2008 (tracks 50 and 51). (Jim Lancaster photo)



Photo 08-6. 
This photo shows more of Progressive Farms in Edison in September 2008 (tracks 50 and 51). Note the factory-style, sawtooth roof. (Jim Lancaster photo)



Photo 08-7. 
This photo shows the truck side of Kundert Brothers Farms in Edison in September 2008 (tracks 46 and 47). This is the opposite side of the Kundert Farms packing shed shown in Photo 79-2. (Jim Lancaster photo)



Photo 08-8. 
This photo shows the potato loading bin of Kundert Brothers Farms in Edison in September 2008. (Jim Lancaster photo)




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