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SP and its subsidiaries

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SP 3147 Alco C630, SP Class AS630-1

Reportedly (sources), according to Strapac's great SP Compendium series, Century 630 SP 3147 was built by ALCo in March 1966 as SP 7805, SP Class AF630-1, construction number 3439-06. It was downgraded to switcher status, becoming SP 3147, SP Class AS630-1, in April 1973. It was sold in June 1979 and scrapped.
SP 3147
SP C630 3147 sits in the PFE facility at Roseville, in what later became the RAMAC shop, on May 27, 1973. On May 12, 2014 this was posted to Altamont Press.
Less than a month before this photo, according to Wikipedia:
On April 28, 1973, 18 boxcars loaded with bombs en route to the Concord Naval Weapons Station began detonating in the Roseville Southern Pacific Railroad yard after one of the cars caught fire. More than 6000 bombs detonated, injuring more than 350 people. The explosions caused damage to 5500 buildings up to 6,800 feet away. The cause of the initial car fire has never been determined.

Photo Location Map
  • Photo of SP 3147 Black and White
    Black and White Scan 2009110601.6
  • Photo of SP 3147 Color
    Color Ektachrome Slide 5.728m Scan 2010111301.30

SP 3148 Alco C630, SP Class AS630-1

Reportedly (sources), according to Strapac's great SP Compendium series, Century 630 SP 3148 was built by ALCo in March 1966 as SP 7807, SP Class AF630-1, construction number 3439-08. It was downgraded to switcher status, becoming SP 3148, SP Class AS630-1, in May 1973. It was retired in Dec. 1982 scrapped by Sept. 1987. According to Rich Hunn on Altamont Press (May 11, 2014) 3148 is one of the ALCos that retained transition after rebuilding, "...there were 2 or 3 of both classes which retained transition...3148 was a regular on the Mountain Local."
SP 3148 in May '73
SP C630 3148 sits in the Roseville Power Pool on May 27, 1973. On May 13, 2014 this was posted to Altamont Press.
Photo Location Map
SP 3148 in June '73
Southern Pacific Alco C630 3148 with 3147 in Roseville, CA on June 28, 1973. On May 13, 2014 this was posted to Altamont Press.
  • Photo of SP 3148 in color
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.733, Scan 2010120501.1

SP 3149 Alco C630, SP Class AS630-1

Reportedly (sources), according to Strapac's great SP Compendium series, Century 630 SP 3149 was built by ALCo in May 1966 as SP 7814, SP Class AF630-1, construction number 3439-15. It was downgraded to switcher status, becoming SP 3149, SP Class AS630-1, in May 1973. It was retired in June 1979 and scrapped.
SP 3149
Southern Pacific Alco C630 3149 sits in West Colton on December 29, 1973. On May 14, 2014 this was posted to Altamont Press.
  • Photo of SP 3149 in West Colton
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.734, Scan 2010120501.2

SP 3150 Alco C630, SP Class AS630-1

Reportedly (sources), according to Strapac's great SP Compendium series, Century 630 SP 3150 was built by ALCo in April 1966 as SP 7810, SP Class AF630-1, construction number 3439-11. It was downgraded to switcher status, becoming SP 3150, SP Class AS630-1, in June 1973. It was retired in Dec. 1982 and eventually scrapped.
SP 3150 in December 1973
Southern Pacific C630 3150 is in West Colton, CA on December 29, 1973. On May 15, 2014 this was posted to Altamont Press.
SP 3150 in November 1974
On a foggy November 17, 1974 Southern Pacific C630 3150 and the braking sled pass under the Pepper Ave. overcrossing in West Colton, CA. On May 15, 2014 this was posted to Altamont Press.

SP 3151 Alco C630, SP Class AS630-1

Reportedly (sources), according to Strapac's great SP Compendium series, Century 630 SP 3151 was built by ALCo in March 1966 as SP 7802, SP Class AF630-1, construction number 3439-03. It was downgraded to switcher status, becoming SP 3151, SP Class AS630-1, in June 1973. It was retired in Dec. 1982 and eventually scrapped.
SP 3151 in West Colton
Southern Pacific C630 3151 is in West Colton, CA on November 16, 1974.
May 16, 2014 this was posted to Altamont Press.
  • Photo of SP 3151 in West Colton
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.744, Scan 2010120501.4
SP 3151 at Colton Tower
Southern Pacific C630 3151 leads a drag past Colton Tower in Colton, CA on a foggy November 16, 1974. May 16, 2014 this was posted to Altamont Press.
  • Photo of SP 3151 at Colton Tower
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.744, Scan 2010120501.5

SP 3152 Alco C630, SP Class AS630-1

Reportedly (sources), according to Strapac's great SP Compendium series, Century 630 SP 3152 was built by ALCo in April 1966 as SP 7808, SP Class AF630-1, construction number 3439-09. It was downgraded to switcher status, becoming SP 3152, SP Class AS630-1, in July 1973. It was retired in June 1979 and scrapped.
SP 3152 in Nov. '73
Southern Pacific Alco C630s 3153 and 3152 are on a drag going under Pepper Ave. in West Colton, CA on an unrecorded date in Nov. 1973. On May 17, 2014 this was posted to Altamont Press.
  • Photo of SP 3152 in Nov. '73
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.751, Scan 2010120501.6
SP 3152 in Dec. '73
SP Alcos C630 3152 and C628 3120 work together at West Colton, CA on December 29, 1973.
  • Photo of SP 3152 with 3120 mid-yard
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.753, Scan 2010120501.7
  • Photo of SP 3152 roster
    Analog Image, High Speed Ektachrome Slide 5.758, Scan 2010120501.8
  • Photo of SP 3152 Long Lens Shot. This was posted to Altamont Press on May 25, 2014.
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.756, Scan 2010120501.9
  • Photo of SP 3152 Passing Under Pepper Ave. This was posted to Altamont Press on May 25, 2014.
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.760, Scan 2010120501.10
  • Photo of SP 3152 Closer. This was posted to Altamont Press on May 25, 2014.
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.761, Scan 2010120501.11

SP 3153 Alco C630, SP Class AS630-1

Reportedly (sources), according to Strapac's great SP Compendium series, Century 630 SP 3153 was built by ALCo in March 1966 as SP 7806, SP Class AF630-1, construction number 3439-07. It was downgraded to switcher status, becoming SP 3153, SP Class AS630-1, in July 1973. It was retired in Dec. 1982 and scrapped.
SP 3153 in Nov. 73
Southern Pacific Alco C630s 3153 and 3152 are on a drag going under Pepper Ave. in West Colton, CA on an unrecorded date in Nov. 1973.
On Sunday June 8, 2014 these photos were posted to Altamont Press.
  • Photo of SP 3153 Alcos approaching
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.762, Scan 2010120501.12
  • Photo of SP 3153 Going Away
    Kodachrome Slide 5.751, Scan 2010120501.6
SP 3153 in Dec. 73
Southern Pacific Alco C630 3153 is at West Colton, CA on December 29, 1973.
On Monday June 9, 2014 this photo was posted in Altamont Press.
  • Photo of SP 3153 roster shot
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.766, Scan 2010111301.32
SP 3153 in Oct '74
October 22, 1974 was foggy in West Colton, CA where SP C630 3153 is waiting to work.

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