User:Robert A. Estremo

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I am a California resident and degreed construction manager and historian (Texas A&M University), with a lifelong interest in the history of a) railroading in the United States, b) Alaska and California, and c) the Spanish Catholic mission system (my main interest in participating here; I have personally visited each of the 21 mission sites, and have written about several of them extensively in an encyclopedic context).

Hourglass drawing.svg Where Robert lives it is approximately: 02:15


"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." Aldous Huxley, Proper Studies, 1927.


I'm a believer in the proverbial "picture (being) worth a thousand words" philosophy so therefore strive to include plenty of pertinent images in the articles I produce, and when possible on other articles that I may stumble across. A list of CZ articles I have started include (all of which are based on entries I originally made at Wikipedia; the "oiler" articles are largely taken from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, as is also the case at WP):

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Miscellaneous

  • Developed Article Battle of Beecher Island [r]: An armed conflict between elements of the United States Army and several of the Plains Indian tribes which took place between September 17 and September 19, 1868. [e]
  • Developed Article Battle of Sitka [r]: The last major armed conflict between Europeans and Alaska Natives, which resulted in a decisive victory for the Russian invaders. [e]
  • Developed Article Gustavus Franklin Swift [r]: An American entrepreneur, developer of the first practical ice-cooled railroad car and founder of a meat-packing empire in the Midwest during the late 19th Century, over which he presided until his death. [e]
  • Developed Article Roy Marlin Voris [r]: A naval aviator, World War II flying ace, and founder of the United States Navy's flight demonstration squadron, the "Blue Angels." [e]

Railroading

  • Developed Article Aerotrain [r]: A postwar experimental streamlined passenger train set introduced by General Motors Electro-Motive Division in the mid-1950s. [e]
  • Developed Article Beep (SWBLW) [r]: A one-of-a-kind switcher locomotive built by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway at the company's Cleburne, Texas workshops in 1970. [e]
  • Developing Article California Limited [r]: One of the named passenger trains of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway that operated between November 27, 1892 and June 15, 1954. [e]
  • Developed Article CF7 [r]: An EMD F-unit that has had its streamlined carbody removed and replaced with a custom-made, "general purpose" body in order to adapt the unit for road switching duty; the conversions were performed by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in their Cleburne, Texas workshops between October 1970 and March 1978. [e]
  • Developed Article Chief [r]: One of the named passenger trains of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway that operated between the cities of Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California from November 14, 1926 to May 15, 1968. [e]
  • Developed Article Dining car [r]: A railroad passenger car that serves meals on a train in the manner of a full-service, sit-down restaurant. It is distinct from other types of railroad food service cars that do not duplicate the full-service restaurant experience. [e]
  • Developed Article El Capitan [r]: One of the named passenger trains of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway that operated between February 20, 1938 and April 30, 1971. [e]
  • Developing Article Golden Gate [r]: One of the named passenger trains of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway that operated between July 1, 1938 and April 11, 1965. [e]
  • Developing Article Grand Canyon Limited [r]: One of the named passenger trains of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway that operated between June 29, 1929 and January 8, 1970. [e]
  • Developing Article Named passenger trains of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway [r]: A form of rail transport consisting of a series of vehicles propelled along a track specifically for the purpose of transporting passengers that has been assigned an identifier beyond that of a simple number. [e]
  • Developed Article Railroads in California [r]: A brief history of the network of interconnected independent rail transport systems located throughout the Union's thirty-first state and how they shaped the region's development. [e]
  • Developing Article Overland Limited [r]: One of the named passenger trains of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway that operated between Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California from 1901 to 1915. [e]
  • Developed Article Refrigerator car [r]: A piece of railroad rolling stock outfitted with cooling apparatus and designed to carry perishable freight at specific temperatures. [e]
  • Developed Article San Diegan [r]: One of the named passenger trains of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway that operated between March 27, 1938 and April 30, 1971. [e]
  • Developed Article San Diego and Arizona Railway [r]: A short line, standard gauge American railroad founded by "sugar heir," developer, and entrepreneur John D. Spreckels in 1919, dubbed "The Impossible Railroad" by many engineers of its day due to the immense logistical challenges involved. [e]
  • Stub San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railway [r]: Short line, standard gauge American railroad founded in 1933 by the Southern Pacific Transportation Company as a direct successor to John D. Spreckels' San Diego and Arizona Railway. [e]
  • Developed Article San Diego Electric Railway [r]: A short line, standard gauge American electrified railway system founded by "sugar heir," developer, and entrepreneur John D. Spreckels in 1891. [e]
  • Developing Article Santa Fe de-Luxe [r]: One of the named passenger trains of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway that operated between December 12, 1911 and May 1, 1917. It was the railroad's first extra-fare train. [e]
  • Developed Article SD26 [r]: An EMD SD24 diesel locomotive that was specially modified by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in the mid-1970s. [e]
  • Developed Article Super C [r]: A premium, high-speed intermodal freight train operated by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway from 1968 to 1976. [e]
  • Developed Article Super Chief [r]: One of the named passenger trains of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway that operated between the cities of Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California from November 14, 1926 to April 30, 1971. [e]
  • Developed Article Troop sleeper [r]: A railroad passenger car that had been constructed specifically to serve as a "mobile barracks" for transporting troops during wartime over distances sufficient to require overnight accommodations. [e]
  • Developing Article Valley Flyer [r]: One of the named passenger trains of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway that operated between June 11, 1939 and October 26, 1941. [e]

Spanish missions

  • Developing Article Spanish missions in Baja California [r]: A series of twenty-eight religious outposts and associated support facilities established by Spaniards of the Dominican, Franciscan, and Jesuit Orders between 1683 and 1834, in order to spread the Catholic faith among the local Native American populations. [e]
  • Developed Article Spanish missions in California [r]: A series of twenty-one religious outposts and associated support facilities established by Spaniards of the Franciscan Order between 1769 and 1823, in order to spread the Catholic faith among the local Native American populations. [e]
  • Developing Article Architecture of the California Missions [r]: Architectural style influenced by limitations in the construction materials that were on hand, an overall lack of skilled labor, and a desire on the part of the founding priests to emulate notable structures in their Spanish homeland. [e]
  • Developing Article Mission Revival Style architecture [r]: Architectural movement that began in the late 19th Century and drew inspiration from the early Spanish missions in California. [e]
  • Developing Article Las Flores Estancia [r]: A ranch, or "station" established in support of the Mission San Luis Rey de Francia (a former religious outpost established in 1798 on the west coast of North America in the present-day State of California by Roman Catholics of the Franciscan Order under the direction of the Spanish crown). [e]
  • Developing Article Mission La Purísima Concepción [r]: A former religious outpost established in 1787 on the west coast of North America in the present-day State of California by Roman Catholics of the Franciscan Order under the direction of the Spanish crown. [e]
  • Developing Article Mission Nuestra Señora de la Soledad [r]: A former religious outpost established in 1791 on the west coast of North America in the present-day State of California by Roman Catholics of the Franciscan Order under the direction of the Spanish crown. [e]
  • Developing Article Mission San Antonio de Padua [r]: A former religious outpost established in 1771 on the west coast of North America in the present-day State of California by Roman Catholics of the Franciscan Order under the direction of the Spanish crown. [e]
  • Developing Article Mission San Buenaventura [r]: A former religious outpost established in 1782 on the west coast of North America in the present-day State of California by Roman Catholics of the Franciscan Order under the direction of the Spanish crown. [e]
  • Developing Article Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo [r]: A former religious outpost established in 1770 on the west coast of North America in the present-day State of California by Roman Catholics of the Franciscan Order under the direction of the Spanish crown. [e]
  • Developing Article Mission San Diego de Alcalá [r]: A former religious outpost established in 1769 on the west coast of North America in the present-day State of California by Roman Catholics of the Franciscan Order under the direction of the Spanish crown. [e]
  • Developing Article Mission San Fernando Rey de España [r]: A former religious outpost established in 1797 on the west coast of North America in the present-day State of California by Roman Catholics of the Franciscan Order under the direction of the Spanish crown. [e]
  • Developing Article Mission San Francisco de Asís [r]: A former religious outpost established in 1776 on the west coast of North America in the present-day State of California by Roman Catholics of the Franciscan Order under the direction of the Spanish crown. [e]
  • Developing Article Mission San Francisco Solano [r]: A former religious outpost established in 1823 on the west coast of North America in the present-day State of California by Roman Catholics of the Franciscan Order under the direction of the Spanish crown. [e]
  • Developing Article Mission San Gabriel Arcángel [r]: A former religious outpost established in 1771 on the west coast of North America in the present-day State of California by Roman Catholics of the Franciscan Order under the direction of the Spanish crown. [e]
  • Developing Article Mission San José [r]: A former religious outpost established in 1797 on the west coast of North America in the present-day State of California by Roman Catholics of the Franciscan Order under the direction of the Spanish crown. [e]
  • Developing Article Mission San Juan Bautista [r]: A former religious outpost established in 1797 on the west coast of North America in the present-day State of California by Roman Catholics of the Franciscan Order under the direction of the Spanish crown. [e]
  • Developed Article Mission San Juan Capistrano [r]: A former religious outpost established in 1776 on the west coast of North America in the present-day State of California by Roman Catholics of the Franciscan Order under the direction of the Spanish crown. [e]
  • Developing Article Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa [r]: A former religious outpost established in 1772 on the west coast of North America in the present-day State of California by Roman Catholics of the Franciscan Order under the direction of the Spanish crown. [e]
  • Developing Article Mission San Luis Rey de Francia [r]: A former religious outpost established in 1798 on the west coast of North America in the present-day State of California by Roman Catholics of the Franciscan Order under the direction of the Spanish crown. [e]
  • Developing Article Mission San Miguel Arcángel [r]: A former religious outpost established in 1797 on the west coast of North America in the present-day State of California by Roman Catholics of the Franciscan Order under the direction of the Spanish crown. [e]
  • Developing Article Mission San Rafael Arcángel [r]: A former religious outpost established in 1817 on the west coast of North America in the present-day State of California by Roman Catholics of the Franciscan Order under the direction of the Spanish crown. [e]
  • Developing Article Mission Santa Barbara [r]: A former religious outpost established in 1786 on the west coast of North America in the present-day State of California by Roman Catholics of the Franciscan Order under the direction of the Spanish crown. [e]
  • Developing Article Mission Santa Clara de Asís [r]: A former religious outpost established in 1777 on the west coast of North America in the present-day State of California by Roman Catholics of the Franciscan Order under the direction of the Spanish crown. [e]
  • Developing Article Mission Santa Cruz [r]: A former religious outpost established in 1791 on the west coast of North America in the present-day State of California by Roman Catholics of the Franciscan Order under the direction of the Spanish crown. [e]
  • Developing Article Mission Santa Inés [r]: A former religious outpost established in 1804 on the west coast of North America in the present-day State of California by Roman Catholics of the Franciscan Order under the direction of the Spanish crown. [e]
  • Developing Article Nuestra Señora Reina de los Angeles Asistencia [r]: A former religious outpost established in 1784 on the west coast of North America in the present-day State of California by Roman Catholics of the Franciscan Order under the direction of the Spanish crown. [e]
  • Developing Article San Antonio de Pala Asistencia [r]: A former religious outpost established in 1816 by Spanish colonists on the west coast of North America in the present-day State of California. [e]
  • Developing Article Santa Ana Estancia [r]: A ranch, or "station" established in support of the Mission San Juan Capistrano (a former religious outpost established in 1776 on the west coast of North America in the present-day State of California by Roman Catholics of the Franciscan Order under the direction of the Spanish crown). [e]
  • Developing Article Santa Ysabel Asistencia [r]: A former religious outpost established in 1818 by Spanish colonists on the west coast of North America in the present-day State of California. [e]

Mission Buenaventura-class oilers