Southern Pacific

SP 3428

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SP 3400 EMD GP9R, SP Class EF418E-2

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SP 3400 was built in May 1956 by EMD as a model GP9, builders number 21401, SP 5708, SP Class DF-607. In 1965 it was renumbered to SP 3540 SP Class EF418-6.
This locomotive was upgraded 1n August 1974 emerging as Southern Pacific GP9R 3400 SP Class EF418E-2.
The disposition of this locomotive is, retired in May 1991, sold in October 1993. Became Mississippi Central 3400. In December 1995 Minnesota Central 3400, Keokuk Junction Railway (KJRY) 3400. Scrapped at the KJRY shops in LaHarpe, IL in Early 2012.
SP 3400 in Watsonville Junction
Southern Pacific GP9R 3400 is with GP9s 3657 and 3755 in Watsonville Jct., CA on November 10, 1974. Notice the big snow plow and the five chime horn!

SP 3401 EMD GP9R, SP Class EF418E-2

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SP 3401 was built in Nov. 1956 by EMD as a model GP9, builders number 21338, SP 5645, SP Class DF-607. In 1965 it was renumbered to SP 3478, SP Class EF418-6.
This locomotive was upgraded 1n August 1974 emerging as Southern Pacific GP9R 3401 SP Class EF418E-2.
The disposition of this locomotive is, wrecked and retired Sept 1990, sold for scrap.
SP 3401 in Watsonville Junction
Southern Pacific GP9R 3401 in Watsonville Junction, California on an unrecorded day in December 1974. Cotton Belt GP9 3648 is in front of it and it appears the GP9 behind it is 3461.
On June 12, 2014 this photo was posted to Trainorders.

SP 3403, Baldwin, SP Class C-18, 2-8-0

According to good sources, 3403 was built by Baldwin in 1902, builders number 21068 as EP&SW 254. It was vacated and scrapped in 1946.
SP 2-8-0 3403 likely in El Paso
SP 2-8-0 3403, Class C-18, at an unknown location, perhaps El Paso, at an unrecorded date. Photographer most likely Bill Darrough, from the Jack Darrough Collection. Used with permission.

SP 3406 EMD GP9R, SP Class EF418E-2

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SP 3406 was built in May 1956 by EMD as a model GP9, builders number 21410, SP 5717, SP Class DF-607.
In 1965 it was renumbered to SP 3548 SP Class EF418-6.
This locomotive was upgraded in September 1972 emerging as SP 3406 EMD GP9R, SP Class EF418E-2.
The disposition of this locomotive is: Retired March 1986. Sold Dec. 1987. Nose was chopped. Became Kyle Rwy. 1757 then Eastern Alabama RR 1757. Current status not known.
SP 3406 in Tracy
Southern Pacific GP9R 3406 sits in Tracy, CA on November 11, 1974 waiting for a call to duty.
  • Photo of SP 3406 in Tracy
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.893, Scan 2011011901.7

SP 3410 EMD GP9, SP Class EF418-1

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SP 3410 was built in May 1954 by EMD as a model GP9, builders number 19471, SP T&NO 410, SP Class DF-600.
In 1965 it was renumbered to SP 3410 SP Class EF418-1.
This locomotive was upgraded in August 1973 emerging as SP 3387 EMD GP9R, SP Class EF418E-2.
The disposition of this locomotive is: Retired December 1993 sold December 1994.
SP 3410 in Colton
On March 31, 1973 SP 3410, a former T&NO GP9 leads the 3705 past Colton Tower in Colton, CA.

SP 3412 EMD GP9R, SP Class EF418E-2

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SP 3412 was built in March 1956 by EMD as a model GP9, builders number 21355, SP 5662, SP Class DF-607.
In 1965 it was renumbered to SP 3495 SP Class EF418-6.
This locomotive was upgraded in November 1975 emerging as SP 3412 EMD GP9R, SP Class EF418E-2.
The disposition of this locomotive is: Retired May 1995. Sold September 1995. Scrapped in 2000.
SP 3412 in Fair Oaks Rancho Cordova, CA.
On an unknown date in October 1976 SP GP9R 3412 leads a train west on the Placerville Branch past the Thunderbird Drive-In in Fair Oaks Rancho Cordova, CA.

On January 22, 2015, about this photo, Mark Granados said:
...the image you send below of GP9R 3412 is actually in a hamlet (at the time, now a city) called Rancho Cordova. Fair Oaks was quite a ways away, north, on the other side of the American River.

I grew up there from the early 1960's until I graduated from the local community college in 1978. The Thunderbird drive-in was one of the places my family would often go to when I was a young kid, then with all my buddies in a $3-per-car-load admission when I was a teen (lots of the cheesey Japanese Godzilla-type movies by then (-: ). SP ran all sorts of power through out the years on that line, including F-units, GP9's, SD7/9s and even an SD35 and an SD40. Unfortunately I was too young or too unschooled in capturing history at the time to take any photos.

Just a mile or so up back up the tracks was the lead for many of the aerospace companies out there (Areojet, which is still there, McDonnell-Douglas, and others) that were building the rocket boosters for the 1960's space programs. There used to be a special train with air force and NASA cars that would transport those boosters to the nearby Mather AFB for loading into the "pregnant guppy" aircraft for the trip to Cape Canaveral.

Your photo brought back a lot of pleasant memories for me. Thanks.

SP 3419, Baldwin, SP Class C-19, 2-8-0

According to good sources: Built in 1904 by Baldwin, builders number 24422, as EP&SW 270, re# 170 becoming SP 3419. Never converted to oil.
SP 2-8-0 3419 likely in El Paso
SP 3419, C-19, 2-8-0 on an unknown date and location, likely El Paso. Photographer most likely Bill Darrough, from the Jack Darrough Collection. Used with permission.

SP 3423, Baldwin, SP Class C-19, 2-8-0

According to good sources, SP C-19 2-8-0 3423 was built as EP&SW 274 in 1904 by Baldwin, builder's number 24589. It was renumbered EP&SW 174 then later SP 3423. It was converted to oil in 1930. Retired 1959.
SP 2-8-0 3423 likely in El Paso
SP 2-8-0 3423, Class C-19, at an unknown location, perhaps El Paso, at an unrecorded date. Photographer most likely Bill Darrough, from the Jack Darrough Collection. Used with permission.

SP 3428 EMD GP9, SP Class EF418-4

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SP 3428 was built in October 1954 by EMD as a model GP9, builders number 19997, SP T&NO 416, SP Class DF-604.
In 1965 it was renumbered to SP 3428 EMD GP9, SP Class EF418-4.
This locomotive was upgraded in January 1975 emerging as SP 3411 EMD GP9R, SP Class EF418E-2.
The disposition of this locomotive is: was retired Dec. 1986 and sold in Dec. 1987. In 1988 it became Kyle 1758. In April 1990 it became California Western 65, with a chopped nose. It was apparently used for awhile in CWR paint on the SJVR then returned to CWR. Was it on lease?
SP 3428 in Pittsburg, CA.
On Friday June 1, 1973 SP 3428, a former T&NO GP9, leads the 8993 on a westbound in Pittburg, CA.

SP 3455 EMD GP9, SP Class EF418-5

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SP 3455 was built in Feb. 1955 by EMD as a model GP9, builders number 20143, SP 5618, SP Class DF-605.
In 1965 it was renumbered to SP 3455 SP Class EF418-5.
This locomotive was upgraded in April 1973 emerging as SP 3378 EMD GP9R, SP Class EF418E-2.
The disposition of this locomotive is: SP 3378 retired in Aug. 1995 and sold in Jan 1996. It became Foster Farms 3378 in Turlock, CA.
SP 3455 in San Jose
Southern Pacific GP9 3455 and SD7 2720 sit in San Jose, CA on an unknown day in the Fall of 1972 in San Jose.
  • Photo of 3455 in San Jose
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.912, Scan 2011022101.4

SP 3461 EMD GP9, SP Class EF418-6

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SP 3461 was built in February 1956 by EMD as a model GP9, builders number 21321, SP 5628, SP Class DF-607.
In 1965 it was renumbered to SP 3461 SP Class EF418-6.
This locomotive was upgraded in October 1975 emerging as SP 3419 EMD GP9R, SP Class EF418E-2.
The disposition of this locomotive is:Retired in Dec. 1990. Sold in Feb 1992, presumed scrapped.
SP 3461 in Oroville
Southern Pacific GP9 3461 is in Oroville, CA on Tuesday afternoon, August 20, 1974.
  • Photo of SP 3461 in Oroville
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.916, Scan 2011022101.5

SP 3495 EMD GP9, SP Class EF418-6

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SP 3495 was built in March 1956 by EMD as a model GP9, builders number 21355, SP 5662, SP Class DF-607.
In 1965 it was renumbered to SP 3495 SP Class EF418-6.
This locomotive was upgraded in November 1975 emerging as SP 3412 EMD GP9R, SP Class EF418E-2.
The disposition of this locomotive is: Retired May 1995. Sold September 1995. Scrapped in 2000.
SP 3495 in Tracy
A classic Southern Pacific GP9, 3495 is at Tracy, CA likely on October 6, 1974.

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