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SP 3128 in black and white C628

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SP 3114 Alco C628, SP Class AS628-1

Reportedly (sources) SP 3114 was shipped in April 1965 as SP 4857, construction number 3401-13, SP Class DF-504. In 1965 it was renumbered SP 7116, SP Class AF628-2. In Sept. 1973 it was downgraded to switcher status and became 3114, SP Class AS628-1.

According to Adam Twiss on Facebook (April 23, 2014) "It was downgraded to switcher status. The Centuries had their transition switches deactivated so they were limited to 25 MPH as a result of this as their last assignment was at West Colton. The units handled the east end of the yard while the new SD38-2s handled the west end of the yard as well as the hump as they were equipped with pacesetter controls."

3114 was retired in April 1979 and scrapped the following summer.
SP 3114 in Colton
SP Alco C628 3114 in Colton Yard, West Colton, California, USA, December 29, 1973. This was also published here on Altamont Press.

SP 3115 Alco C628, SP Class AS628-1

Reportedly (sources) SP 3115 was built in May 1964 as ALCo C628 demonstrator 628-2. It was purchased in Nov. 1964 and became SP 4871 SP Class DF-505. In the 1965 renumbering it became SP 7101 SP Class AF-628-1 In October 1973 it was downgraded to switcher status becoming SP 3115 Alco C628, SP Class AS628-1. In April 1979 it was sold and scrapped.
Ex-Demo, SP 3115 in Colton
Southern Pacific C628 3115 and C630 3151 contribute to the dirty fog of West Colton, CA on a gloomy Sunday November 17, 1974. These were also published here on Altamont Press.
  • Photo of SP 3115 Alco C628 coming
    Analog Image, Ektachrome Slide 5.691, Scan 2010111301.19
  • Photo of SP 3115 going away
    Analog Image, Ektachrome Slide 5.692, Scan 2010111301.20

SP 3116 Alco C628, SP Class AS628-1

Reportedly (sources) SP 3116 was built in April 1965 as SP 4866, construction number 3401-22, SP Class DF-504. In 1965 it was renumbered SP 7125, SP Class AF628-2. In Nov. 1973 it was downgraded to switcher status and became 3114, SP Class AS628-1. It was sold in Feb. 1980.
SP 3116 in Eugene
Southern Pacific Alco C628 3116 near the SP hump yard in Eugene, Oregon, USA June 21, 1974.
These are posted here on Altamont Press.
Eugene hump photo location.

SP 3116 in Roseville
Southern Pacific C628 3116 in fresh paint in Roseville, CA. Date not recorded, likely winter 1973-74.
  • Photo of SP 3116 in Roseville, CA
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.695, Scan 2010111301.25

SP 3117 Alco C628, SP Class AS628-1

Reportedly (sources) SP 3117 was built as ALCo demonstrator 628-3. It was purchased in Nov. 1964 and became SP 4872 SP Class DF-505. In the 1965 renumbering it became SP 7102 SP Class AF628-1 In November 1973 it was downgraded to switcher status becoming SP 3117 Alco C628, SP Class AS628-1. In Feb. 1980 it was sold and scrapped.
Ex-Demo, SP 3117 in Eugene
Southern Pacific C628 3117 and an SD45 sit next to an SD9 and GE 70 tonner SP 5100 in Eugene, Oregon on an unknown date in January 1977. The 3117 is a former Alco C628 demonstrator.
These are posted here on Altamont Press.
  • Photo of SP 3117 C628 overall shot
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.701, Scan 2010111301.21
  • Photo of SP 3117 closer view
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.699, Scan 2010111301.22

SP 3120 Alco C628, SP Class AS628-1

Reportedly (sources) SP 3120 was built as SP 4865, SP Class DF-504, construction number 3401-20 in May 1965. In the 1965 renumbering it became the SP 7124, SP Class AF628-2. In Dec. 1973 it was downgraded to switcher status and became 3120, SP Class AS628-1. It was sold in for scrap in April 1979.
SP 3120 in Colton
Southern Pacific C628 3120 faces into the setting sun at Colton, CA. Date not recorded, likely Saturday, November 16, 1974.
This was posted to Altamont Press on May 4, 2014.
  • Photo of SP 3120 Alco C628
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.705, Scan 2010111301.27

SP 3121 Alco C628, SP Class AS628-1

Reportedly (sources), according to Strapac's great SP Compendium series, SP 3121 was built in April 1965 as SP 4850. In the 1965 renumbering it became SP 7109, SP Class AF628-2. In Jan. 1974 it was downgraded to switcher status and became 3121, SP Class AS628-1. It was sold in for scrap in Feb. 1980.
SP 3121
SP C628 3121 switches in Eugene, Oregon on an unrecorded day in January 1977. This image is shared on Altamont Press Here.
  • Photo of SP 3121
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.707, Scan 2010111301.24

SP 3128 Alco C628, SP Class AS628-1

Reportedly (sources), according to Strapac's great SP Compendium series, SP 3128 was built as ALCo demonstrator 628-4, builder's number 3376-04. It was purchased in Nov. 1964 and became SP 4873 SP Class DF-505. In the 1965 renumbering it became SP 7103 SP Class AF628-1 In November 1973 it was downgraded to switcher status becoming SP 3128 Alco C628, SP Class AS628-1.
According to Rich Hunn on Altamont Press on May 6, 2014, "3128 and 3135 were frequently used in road service between Taylor (LA) and West Colton and ran at track speed."
Ex-Demo SP 3128 in Colton
On November 16, 1974 Southern Pacific C628 3128, former ALCo Demonstrator 628-4, waits at the east end of the yard at West Colton, CA for an EMD powered eastbound to pass by.
Shot in a funky mix of twilight, smog, haze (remember "smaze"?) mercury vapor and tungsten light. Color and black and white versions. Analog image Kodachrome slide.
This was posted on Altamont Press here on May 6, 2014.

SP 3134 Alco C628, SP Class AS628-1

Reportedly (sources), according to Strapac's great SP Compendium series, SP 3134 was built in April 1965 as SP 4867, SP Class DF-504, construction number 3401-23. In the 1965 renumbering it became SP 7126, SP Class AF628-2. In Sept. 1974 it was downgraded to switcher status and became 3134, SP Class AS628-1. It was sold in for scrap in May 1979.
SP 3134
Southern Pacific C628s 3134 and former demonstrator 3117 are in Los Angeles, CA at the Bullring on Sunday November 17, 1974.
This was posted on Altamont Press on May 7, 2014. Bob2 commented:
Probably a "C" yard job bringing cars for the mill, the freight sheds, and the street jobs. These were used for a while at Taylor and in the LA Terminal, at the time they were phasing out the old high nose Baldwins that were used on pull downs and such (also largely a useless six axle braking sleds). They were extremely unpopular with both hogheads and crews. This cut is indicative of a period a period when the "River Station" complex (Midway/Cornfield, Bullring, Links) was busy, but those days were fading fast.

Soon enough, GVD made sure most of these turkey's were shipped off to Colton, where they were equally unpopular, but no one in management out there cared much. SP had been through several big orders of SW 1500's by then, and with the 1974 oil crisis and depression, business was down, and there were enough EMD SW's and SD-7's (much more reliable and much preferred) for this kind of work.

Twelve years later I, my fireman, and our whole crew, all took the buyout, working the last job to work the "River Station" yard complex, the "mill" job, out of the Shops, on a regular basis. First stop "Sams" stand, for coffee.
  • Photo of SP 3134 Alco C628
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.724, Scan 2010111301.26
  • Photo of SP 3134 Close Up
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.725, Scan 2010111301.27

SP 3135 Alco C628, SP Class AS628-1

Reportedly (sources), according to Strapac's great SP Compendium series, SP 3135 was built in April 1965 as SP 4868 SP Class DF-504, construction number 3401-24. In the 1965 renumbering it became SP 7127, SP Class AF628-2. In Sept. 1974 it was downgraded to switcher status and became 3135, SP Class AS628-1. Retired in Dec. 1982 it was sold in for scrap in April 1983.
According to Rich Hunn on Altamont Press on May 6, 2014, "3128 and 3135 were frequently used in road service between Taylor (LA) and West Colton and ran at track speed."
SP 3135
Southern Pacific C628 3135 is in Taylor Yard, Los Angeles, CA on October 22, 1974.
On May 11, 2014 this was posted to Altamont Press.
  • Photo of SP 3135
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.726, Scan 2010111301.29

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