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SP 1206 Lloyd D. Sloan

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SP 1202 Alco S6, SP Class AS409-1

Reportedly (sources) S6 SP 1202 was built by ALCo in May 1955 as SP 1035, SP Class DS-9, construction number 80925, order number S-3230. It became SP 1202, SP Class AS409-1 in the 1965 renumbering. It was retired Aug. 1978 and Chrome Crankshaft bought it and used it as a lease unit. It became Chicago, Madison & Northern Railway 1202, CF industries 001 and RLCX 896. Current status not known.
1202 in Stockton
SP S6 1202 is at Stockton, CA on Sunday October 6, 1974. On May 15, 2014 this was posted to Altamont Press. On May 16, 2014, Rich Hunn on Altamont Press said, "In the early 70's the S-6s out of Stockton were used as power on the Oakdale Local."
  • Photo of 1202
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.119, Scan 2010100201.1

SP 1204 Alco S6, SP Class AS409-1

Reportedly (sources) S6 SP 1204 was built by ALCo in May 1955 as SP 1037, SP Class DS-9, construction number 80927, order number S-3230. It became SP 1204, SP Class AS409-1 in the 1965 renumbering. It was sold to Chrome Crankshaft in 1980. According to Ken Rattenne "The unit became Berry Feed & Seed (in Keyes, CA) then AL Gilbert 1204. The unit was remote controlled and in 2001 or 2002 there was a serious mishap and the unit was sold for scrap in late 2002."
1204 in Tracy
Southern Pacific 1204, an Alco S6 at Tracy, CA on an unknown date in 1975.
This image was posted to Altamont Press on May 16, 2014.

SP 1206 Alco S6, SP Class AS409-1

According to (sources) Don Ross: S6 1206, Class AS409-1, was built by ALCo in May 1955, #80929, as SP 1039, Class DS-9. It was renumbered 1206, Class AS409-1, in 1966. It was sold to City of Grand Island, Platte Generating Station 1 and sold as AGP Grain Cooperative 1. [Source]
1206 in Port Chicago with my dad
My dad, Southern Pacific Western Division Engineer Lloyd D. Sloan, poses at the throttle of SP Alco S6 1206 at Port Chicago, CA an unknown date in August, 1972. I was 16 when I took this photo on Wards Film. It had color shifted terribly and I thought the image was lost. Thank You Photoshop!
May 17, 2014 this was posted to Altamont Press.
  • Photo of 1206
    Analog Image, Ward's Film Slide 5.125, Scan 2010092601.1
1206 night shot at Ozol
SP Alco S6 1206 and SW1500 2632 are sitting outside the yard office at the SP Ozol Yard in Martienez, CA on the night of January 3, 1973.
May 17, 2014 this was posted to Altamont Press.
  • Night photo of 1206
    Analog Image, Ektachrome (E4) Slide 5.127, Scan 2010092601.2

SP 1210 Alco S6, SP Class AS409-1

Reportedly (sources) S6 SP 1210 was built by ALCo in June 1955 as SP 1043, SP Class DS-9, construction number 81293, order number S-3242. It became SP 1210, SP Class AS409-1 in the 1965 renumbering. It was retired Jan. 1980 and became National Metal ans Steel 518 in LA Harbor. In 1986 it went to Foster Farms.

SP 1210 Street Running
Southern Pacific Alco S6 1210 is on the streets of LA. Location: Alameda Street, near Union Station. The Hollywood Freeway (the 101) is on the left of this photo. Photo was taken on October 22, 1974. This was shot through my windshield.
  • Photo of 1210
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.137, Scan 2010092601.6

SP 1211 Alco S6, SP Class AS409-1

Reportedly (sources) S6 SP 1211 was built by ALCo in June 1955 as SP 1044, SP Class DS-9, construction number 81294, order number S-3242. It became SP 1211, SP Class AS409-1 in the 1965 renumbering. It was retired Jan. 1976 and went to Asbestos & Danville 55, before being scrapped.
1211 in Oakland Desert Yard
Southern Pacific Alco S6 1211 in Oakland, CA, on an unknown date in May 1974. This is information from various sources, mostly "OPRRMS": The photo was taken from the West Grand Avenue overpass. The baggage car is the switchman's shanty at the east end of the Desert Yard. It replaced an earlier wooden structure. At the time of the photo, there was still an "East End" yard job at the Desert on each shift. The jobs actually went on and off duty at the west end of the Desert, but spent their entire shift working at the east end. The photo was taken from the West Grand Avenue overpass.
According to "OPRRMS", "The photo was taken from what was originally the west leg of the IER overpass. After the IER quit, the tracks on the west leg were removed and the roadbed was paved and used by vehicles until the current West Grand Avenue overpass was built. After that, vechicle access to the west leg was rerouted to the new overpass, but it could still be walked on, albeit unofficially. It's now completely gone, although you can still see where it was lopped off where it joined the east leg on the west side of the trestle. The east leg, or course, became the OT."
In late December 2013 on Facebook Tim O'Connor said, "The B&O box car is an M-61 built by ACF in 1951 and renumbered 299070 and given a subclass in 1953 (give or take). The GTW box car was built by General American in 1953 and is still wearing its original paint job. The B&O car was repainted at some time in the 1960's."
Tim O'Connor said, "That's an ignominious end for the baggage car - I think that's one of the PC&F baggage cars and would only be what, 12 years old at this date?"
Harry Wong said, "Tim - lots of those PC&F baggage cars wound up sitting on the ground as yard sheds/offices/storage IIRC. That's an excellent point on how young these cars were at the time."
Tim O'Connor said, "Interesting that Amtrak didn't get its hands on them -- They would have been some of the newest cars in the fleet!"
Harry Wong said, "Amtrak did receive a very small number of those PC&Fs IIRC. There is a photo of one in the Amtrak All-time roster book that was recently published."
Tim O'Connor said, "By the way, that blue GTW autoparts box car is headed either to a General Motors assembly plant or to a GM parts warehouse. That's because only GM used 8-door box cars."
Harry Wong said, "As for where that GTW car was going, there was a GM assembly plant in Fremont, CA, about 20 miles south of Oakland, CA. Today, that plant is still in use, but producing electric vehicles for a different manufacturer."

SP 1215 Alco S6, SP Class AS409-1

Reportedly (sources) S6 SP 1215 was built by ALCo in June 1955 as SP 1048, SP Class DS-1, construction number 81298, order number S-3242. It became SP 1215, SP Class AS409-1 in the 1965 renumbering. It was retired and in July 1979 it was sold and scrapped with the engine being salvaged for marine use.
1215 in Martienez
On an unknown date in 1973, a then quite common Southern Pacific Alco S6 1215 pulls a string of cars past the passenger station at Martienez. NOTE: Some people don't like to hear SW1500's called "cruds" but they were to those of us who so enjoyed the classic Alcos, FMs and Baldwins they replaced.

SP 1218 Alco S6, SP Class AS409-1

Reportedly (sources) S6 SP 1218 was built by ALCo in June 1955 as SP 1051, SP Class DS-9, construction number 81301, order number S-3242. It became SP 1218, SP Class AS409-1 in the 1965 renumbering. It was retired in June 1980 by Southern Pacific and purchased in July 1980 by Foster Farms, Livingston, CA Donated: 2004 to the Pacific Locomotive Association by Foster Farms.
1218 in LA
Southern Pacific Alco S6 1218 in Los Angeles, CA, Oct. 22, 1974. This image was posted to Altamont Press on May 23, 2014.
  • Photo of 1218.
    This image was posted to Altamont Press on May 23, 2014.
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.146, Scan 2010100101.6
1218 in Brightside Yard
SP S6 1218 at Niles Canyon Railway's Brightside Yard shop, near Sunol, CA on March 13, 2011.

SP 1220 Alco S6, SP Class AS409-3

Reportedly (sources) S6 SP 1220 was built by ALCo in June 1956 as SP 1053, SP Class DS-11, construction number 81724, order number S-3255. It became SP 1220, SP Class AS409-3 in the 1965 renumbering. It was retired January 1976 to Chrome Crankshaft and became Tacoma Municipal Belt Railway 950, then Vancouver Warves 21, renumbered 821. April 1996 it went to Canadian Rail Service becoming Dow 1009. Disposition unknown after that.
1220 in Oakland
SP Alco S6 1220 is in Oakland, CA, on an unknown date in May 1974. According to "OPRRMS", "One of the Emeryville jobs leaving the west end of the SP-to-Santa Fe transfer yard and heading towards the 16th Street Interlocking. This yard was located immediately adjacent to the Oakland Terminal overpass, and at the time was used by SP to interchange cars going to the Santa Fe. (Cars from the Santa Fe were received at Santa Fe's Emeryville Yard.) The tracks in the right background belong to the Santa Fe. The east end of the yard was at 34th Street. The yard was also used by the OT to interchange with the Santa Fe."
  • Photo of 1220.
    This image was posted to Altamont Press on May 26, 2014.
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.147, Scan 2010092601.4

SP 1234 Alco S6, SP Class AS409-3

According to good sources including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, S6 SP 1234 was built by ALCo in Aug. 1956 as SP 1067, SP Class DS-11, construction number 81808, order number S-3262. It became SP 1234, SP Class AS409-3 in the 1965 renumbering. It was retired in Jan. 1976 and became Louisiana Dock 1234, then American Commercial Terminals 1234. Disposition unknown after that.
1234 in Pittsburg
SP Alco S6 1234 is shown tied up at Pittsburg, CA. On an unknown date in 1973.
This was posted to Altamont Press on May 30, 2014.
According to "OPRRMS" on Altamont Press, Back then, SP still had two locals that worked out of Pittsburg, but they wouldn't last much longer and a single job out of Ozol Yard in Martinez would be able to handle all the remaining work - the same as UP does it currently.

SP 1239 Alco S6, SP Class AS409-3

According to good sources including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, S6 SP 1239 was built by ALCo in Aug. 1956 as SP 1072, SP Class DS-11, construction number 81813, order number S-3262, serial number 81813. It became SP 1239, SP Class AS409-3 in the 1965 renumbering. It was retired Jan. 1976 and became Ohio Central 100, reportedly also Nebraska Public Power 100 (sources conflict on this) and then Mineral Range Inc. 100. Final disposition unknown.
1239 in Oakland
According to "WAF", SP Alco S6 1239 is pulling some passenger cars to the Oakland, CA 16th Street Station to be added to Amtrak Number 12 on an unknown date in May 1974. According to "OPRRMS" this is, "just west of the 16th Street depot on what was called Mainline 3. The photo looks west, and the depot is behind you."
  • Photo of SP 1239
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.180, Scan 2010092601.8

SP 1278 Alco S6, SP Class AS409-5

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SP 1278 was built in 1955 by ALCo as a model S6, SP 4642, SP Class Class DF-307, construction number 81429, order number S-3249. It was reclassified as Class DS-607 in 1963. In 1965 it was renumbered to SP 1278 SP Class AS409-5.
The disposition of this locomotive is, retired 1978 and sold.
SP ALCo S6 1278 in Fresno
SP Alco S6 1278 is at Fresno, CA. in early 1978.

SP 1279 Alco S6, SP Class AS409-5

According to good sources including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, S6 SP 1279 was built by ALCo in December 1955 as SP 4643, SP Class Class DF-307, construction number 81430, order number S-3249. It was reclassified as Class DS-607 in 1963. It became SP 1279, SP Class AS409-5 in the 1965 renumbering. It was retired August 1978 and sold to Chrome Crankshaft. It was sold as Kansas City Power & Light Co 79 in 1979 and resold as Mid America Car Co 79. It was leased or sold as Continental Grain Co 79. Final disposition unknown.
1279 in Oakland
SP Alco S6 1279 is one of the Southern Pacific S6's equipped for MU operation. Location unrecorded but "Railbaron" said, "looks like the "Tie UP Track" at Homestead Yard (east end of West Oakland Yard) at Adeline Street." In Oakland, CA, December 28, 1972.

According to "OPRRMS" on Altamont Press, "Railbaron is correct. The Homestead yardmaster's tower, and switchman's and carman's shanties would be to your right. The cars in the background are on various tracks in the 50 Lead.

Trivia about the 1279: When it was being repainted into scarlet and gray, the radiator shutters were left in the open position. Afterwards, when they were in the normal closed position, the orange and black "Tiger Stripes" were very obvious."

  • Photo of SP 1279
    This was posted to Altamont Press on May 31, 2014.
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.205, Scan 2010092601.7

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