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ATSF 5640 EMD SD45-2
Santa Fe SD45-2 5640 in Barstow on August 11, 1975. According to Andy Jackson, 5640 SD45-2 was delivered from EMD May 72 7391-16 delivered in pinstripe paint (BYT2 paint, repainted to Yellowbonnet (BYW2 paint) after 26Aug72 (obviously after August of 75 as well), rblt/rnum/rpnt to SPSF SD45-2u 7210[:1] Apr86, rnum/rpnt to ATSF 5810 BYW2 paint bef 1Jan91, maintenance to MK Apr94, rnum/rltr to BNSF 6460 21Feb98.
So it is now (or was) the BNSF 6460. Bob said, "FWIW, the first SD45-2 delivered in the "Yellowbonnet" was the 5662, in May 1973."

ATSF 5646, EMD SD45-2

ATSF 5646 is an EMD SD45-2. Reportedly ATSF 5646 was built by EMD in 1972 as an SD45-2 ATSF 5646 serial number 7391-22. In 1986 it was rebuilt to SD45-2u 5830. It was subsequently patched to BNSF 6480 in 1998. It was later rebuilt into EMD SD32ECO BNSF 1352.
ATSF 5646, helper in Hesperia
ATSF SD45-2 5646 and friends helped the 5706 on the coal train in Hesperia, CA on the east side of Cajon Pass on August 11, 1975. Keel Middleton said, "As info, these are manned helpers. None of the engines in the photo were equipped with RCE. Also, those high speed SD45-2s were officially geared for 83 MPH. I know for a fact they would run faster than that!"
ATSF 5675 EMD SD45-2
On October 20, 1975 I made one of my many trips to Southern California to shoot the Santa Fe and Union Pacific in the desert. SD45-2's were top of the line power then and were being widely used. 5675 and two other units head east from the Barstow Yard.

ATSF 5694, EMD SD45-2

ATSF 5694 is an EMD SD45-2. Reportedly ATSF 5694 was built by EMD in 1973 as an SD45-2 ATSF 5697 serial number 72642-8. In 1986 it was repainted to Kodachrome 5694 in 1985-86 and rebuilt to SD45-2u ATSF 5853 in 1987. It was renumbered BNSF 6503 in 2000 and subsequently became NREX 6503.
ATSF 5694 in Barstow
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (ATSF) 5694, an EMD SD45-2, is at the engine house in Barstow, CA on Sunday, October 20, 1974.

ATSF 5697, EMD SD45-2

ATSF 5697 is an EMD SD45-2. Reportedly ATSF 5697 was built by EMD in 1973 as an SD45-2 ATSF 5697 serial number 72642-11. In 1986 it was rebuilt to SPSF SD45-2u 7227. It was renumbered and repainted to yellow bonnet ATSF 5827 in 1991. It was renumbered BNSF 6477 in 1998 and subsequently renumbered to GN 6477.
ATSF 5697 in Barstow
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (ATSF) 5697, an EMD SD45-2, is at the engine house in Barstow, CA on Sunday, October 20, 1974.

ATSF 5699, EMD SD45-2

ATSF 5699 is an EMD SD45-2. Reportedly ATSF 5699 was built by EMD in 1973 as an SD45-2 ATSF 5697 serial number 72642-13. In 1986 it was repainted to Kodachrome 5699 and rebuilt to SD45-2u ATSF 5837. It was renumbered BNSF 6487 in 1998 and subsequently became NREX 6487.
ATSF 5699 in Barstow
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (ATSF) 5699, an EMD SD45-2, is at the engine house in Barstow, CA on Sunday, October 20, 1974.

ATSF 5706, EMD SD45-2

ATSF 5706 is an EMD SD45-2. Reportedly ATSF 5706 was built by EMD in 1974 as an SD45-2 ATSF 5706 serial number 74603-2. In 1980 it was wrecked in Pisgah, CA and subsequently was scrapped.
ATSF 5706 in Hesperia
ATSF SD45-2 5706 on a coal train, likely a York Canyon Coal train, in Hesperia, CA on the east side of Cajon Pass on August 11, 1975. Yes, it was hot. According to Bob Finan, "The 5706 had five more years left to live; it and the 5687 (first 90 M.P.H geared SD45-2 built for "Super C" service), were destroyed in a horrible, fatal conflagration, at Pisgah, California on the Needles District in August, 1980. They rear-ended a stopped train at speed."
Ken Compton said, "The 5706 was one of the few SD45-2's with the late radiator intakes. Very cool!"
ATSF 5803 EMD SD45-2u
SD45-2u EMD May72 7391-6 rnum/rltr to BNSF 6452 31Jul00
ATSF 5825 EMD SD45-2u
SD45-2u EMD May73 72642-22 exx-5665 rnum/rltr to BNSF 6475 15Mar00, sold Mar01
  • Santa Fe SD45-2 5825 leads FP45 5996 and C30-7 8153 on a westbound at the East Switch of Walong, CA in the early morning of May 15, 1989. Evan Werkema said, "The 5996 was one of seven FP45's that got SPSF red and yellow in 1985-86, and the question is which ones returned to blue and yellow paint before the Superfleet red and silver scheme was adopted in mid-1989. At least three did, 5993, 5998, and 5996. The 5996 (as red and silver 96) was the FP45 destroyed in the December 1994 Cajon runaway."
    Kodachrome Slide 890096, Scan 2010091501.2
ATSF 5857 EMD SD45-2u
SD45-2u, EMD May72 7391-3, ex-5627, to SD45-2u 5857 Apr87, rnum/rltr to BNSF 6506 11Feb00, off roster Apr02

ATSF 5908, EMD F45

According to good sources ATSF 5908 was built by EMD as ATSF 1908 in 1968, renumbered as 5908 in 1970 rebuilt to F45u/SDF45 5958 in 1983 retired 1994, to MK 5527
ATSF 5908 in Bakersfield
Amtrak F40 331 and ATSF F45 5908 (+ 2) at Bakersfield, CA the morning of June 18, 1982. Shot with a Speed Graphic 4x5 with a 135mm Optar lens on Ektachrome 200 pushed to 400.

ATSF 5943, EMD FP45

According to good sources ATSF 5908 was built by EMD as ATSF 1908 in 1968, renumbered as 5908 in 1970 rebuilt to F45u/SDF45 5958 in 1983 retired 1994, to MK 5527
ATSF 5943 in Barstow
On Saturday, March 15, 1975 Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe (ATSF) FP45 5943 was in storage, due to a severe recession, in Barstow, CA.
ATSF 5996 EMD FP45u
FP45u/SDFP45, EMD Dec67 33195, exxxx-106:2, exxx-5946 rnum Mar70, exx-5996:1 rnum Sep82, ex-103:5, num 96 bef 14Dec94, wrecked Cajon Pass CA 14Dec94 [Source]
Evan Werkema said, "The 5996 was one of seven FP45's that got SPSF red and yellow in 1985-86, and the question is which ones returned to blue and yellow paint before the Superfleet red and silver scheme was adopted in mid-1989. At least three did, 5993, 5998, and 5996. The 5996 (as red and silver 96) was the FP45 destroyed in the December 1994 Cajon runaway."

ATSF 7449 GE B40-8

ATSF 7449 is a GE B40-8. Reportedly ATSF 7449 was built by GE in 1989 as ATSF 7449 B40-8 serial number 45950, the last engine it its class. In 1995 it was wrecked at Tejon, NM and was repaired. It was renumbered BNSF 8639 in 2000 and subsequently became BNSF 597.
7449 beween Walong and Woodford
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (ATSF) 7449 leads a westbound east of Woodford, CA near milepost 350 on Sunday, May 14, 1989.
ATSF 7485 GE B36-7
GE Nov80 43131 to GE lease fleet Aug89, to ATSF lease 1991, to BCOL lease Feb95, to BCOL 3Nov95, rnum 3602
  • Santa Fe B36-7 7485 leads a westbound at the East Switch of Walong, CA (Tehachapi Loop) late in the afternoon of May 14, 1989.
    Kodachrome Slide 890093, Scan 2010091501.3

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