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SP 2632 at night

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SP 2472 Baldwin Pacific (4-6-2), SP Class P8

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, Southern Pacific 2472 is a 4-6-2 Pacific type steam locomotive, SP Class P8, built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works, builders number 54477, for Southern Pacific Railroad (SP) in January 1921. It was vacated in Feb. 1957 and donated to San Mateo County in April 1959.

SP 2472 is one of three surviving Southern Pacific 4-6-2 Pacific locomotives. The locomotive is owned by the Golden Gate Railroad Museum. It is kept at the Niles Canyon Railway located in Sunol, California, on the east side of San Francisco Bay.

SP 2472 in Sunnyvale
SP 2472 in Sunnyvale, running northbound, on the Santa Express on Saturday, December 16, 1995.
SP 2472 at Estates Crossing
On Sunday, March 28, 2010, Golden Gate Railroad Museum's Southern Pacific 4-6-2 Class P8 Pacific 2472 is being towed backwards by Pacific Locomotive Association's SP SD-9 5472 which is on the west end of the train. The location is called Estates Crossing which is just west of Niles Canyon Railway's Brightside Yard. Though it looks like the 2472 is a manned rear end DPU, it is not!
  • Photo of SP 2472
    Nikon D300s Digital Images 2010032801.98
  • Photo of 2472 further away
    Nikon D300s Digital Images 2010032801.103

SP 2478 EMD SW1500, SP Class ES415-1

Reportedly (sources) built in Aug. 1967 as SP 2478 Builder order number 7997-16, construction number 33138. It was repainted with speed lettering at one point. Became UP 1082 but UP number apparently never applied. Retired May 1999. In 2000 sold to Gold Coast Rail Services as 2478, leased to Brownsville & Rio Grande. Intl. Rwy.
2478 at Bayshore Yard, San Francisco, CA.
On September 12, 1974 Southern Pacific SW1500 2478 is at Bayshore Yard, San Francisco, CA.
  • Photo of SP 2478
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.452, Scan 2010101501.26

SP 2479 EMD SW1500, SP Class ES415-1

Reportedly (sources) built in Aug. 1967 as SP 2479 Builder order number 7997-17, construction number 33139. It was reportedly retired in July 1994 and sold in July 1995 to Omni-Trax being resold Minnesota Corn Processors 2479 in Columbus, Nebraska. It was repainted green with gold and beige bands. Current status not known.
SP 2479's unique paint
Southern Pacific SW1500 2479 shows off a unique solid red rear cab paint job in Eugene, OR on June 21, 1974.
  • Photo of SP 2479
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.453, Scan 2010101501.27

SSW 2485 EMD SW1500, SP Class ES415C-1

Reportedly (sources) built in April 1968. EMD order 7087-05, construction number 33616 In June 1997 this became UP 1087, in Jan. 2003 it became UPY 1087. Current status not known.
SSW 2485 in Pine Bluff
My dad shot this Cotton Belt SW1500 2485 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas on an unknown date in June 1974.
  • Photo of SSW 2485
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.456, Scan 2010101501.29
  • Black and white version
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.456, Scan 2010101501.29

SSW 2522 EMD SW1500, SP Class ES415C-2

Reportedly (sources) SSW 2522 was built in June 1969. It was the last unit of its order. It was retired in Nov. 1994. In June 1995 it was sold to Progress Rail, then to Metro East Industries, then to Helm Financial which then leased it to Union Pacific as UP 1004. It was reportedly wrecked early in the morning on July 5, 1999 in West Palm Springs, CA. It was in the consist of the eastbound MWCEWB-04, one of two UP trains that collided head-on at milepost 581.6. The four crew members of both trains jumped to safety.
SSW 2522 in Little Rock
My dad shot this Cotton Belt SW1500, 2522 in Little Rock, Arkansas on an unrecorded day in June 1974.
  • Photo of SSW 2522
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.459, Scan 2010101501.30

SP 2538 EMD SW1500, SW 2485 EMD SW1500, SP Class ES415-3

Reportedly (sources) SP 2538 was built in Oct. 1969 by EMD order number 4561-16 construction number 35231. In March 2006 it was renumbered (and repainted?) UPY 1123 and is photographed in UP paint in Arkansas in Feb 2007. It later became Knoxville & Holston River Railroad (KXHR) 1123.

Chris Starnes said on Facebook, "2538 lives on as #1123 on the Knoxville & Holston River Railroad in Knoxville, TN. This one came to us about 4-5 years ago and it is now used in daily service on our shortline here around the metro Knoxville area. It is always neat for us to see where our engines used to work...so thanks for posting the pic of the 2538!"

SP 2538 leading a freight
SP SW1500 2538 leads black widow GP9 3611 and 3581 at the Homestead Yard, West Oakland, CA Dec. 17, 1973.
  • Photo of SP 2538
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.467, Scan 2010101501.28

SP 2578 EMD SW1500, SP Class ES415-3

Reportedly (sources) built by EMD in April 1970. EMD order number 4570, frame 4570-26, construction number 35814. Retired December 1986 and sold to Wilson Rail Services in May 1988. It was resold to Wisconsin Central 1553, then to International Steel Group (Cleveland Works Railway) 1553. Current status not known.
SP 2578 in Stockton
SP SW1500 2578 is in Stockton on January 7, 1973, a very crisp morning!
  • Photo of SP 2578
    Analog Image, Ektachrome Slide 5.471, Scan 2010101501.37

SP 2630 EMD SW1500, SP Class ES415-5

Reportedly (sources) Model: EMD SW1500 Built As: SP 2630, SP Class ES415-5, Order No: 4608 Frame Number: 4608-40 Built: May, 1972. Retired July 1994. Sold to Omni-Trax became CTI Bank Leasing CEFX 2630. Current status not known.
Motley 2630 led OASJY in Newhall Yard
SP SW1500 2630 leads a motley assortment of SP motive power including GP9E 3384, two SD45T-2’s and two Alco S6’s at Newhall Yard in Santa Clara, California. According to WAF on Trainorders this is the OASJY, February 10, 1975
  • Photo of OASJY
    Kodachrome Slide 5.496: Scan 2008021102.2

SP 2632 EMD SW1500, SP Class ES415-5

Reportedly (sources) SP 2632 EMD SW1500, SP Class ES415-5, May 1972, Order No: 4608 Frame Number: 4608-42. In 1996 it went through the Burnham shops for major work emerging in 1996. In 1997 it became UP 1201, in April 2003 it became UPY 1201. It is in UP Paint. As of Dec. 2013 this locomotive was still active in revenue service.
SP 2632 at night
Southern Pacific SW1500 2632 sits in the dark at Ozol Yard in Martinez, California as a freight passes behind on an unknown date in November 1972.
  • Photo of SP 2632
    Analog Image, Ektachrome Slide 5.501, Scan 2010101501.36

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