Southern Pacific

SP 7373 at Westley

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Steve Sloan's Trains : Southern Pacific : Locomotives 7300-7599

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SP 7302 EMD SD40R, SP Class EF630R-1

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SP 7302 was built in 1966 by EMD as a model SD40, SP 8422, SP Class EF630-1, builder's number 31503.
This locomotive was upgraded in 1980 emerging as SP 7302 SP Class EF630R-1.
The disposition of this locomotive is, retired 2001 and sold.
SP 7302 approaching Tunnel 1
On Sunday, June 4, 1995, SP SD40R 7302 leads 7511 and other EMD motors uphill out of Caliente, California towards Tunnel 1 and Bealville, CA.
  • Photo of SP 7302
    Pentax 67, Fuji Neopan 400, Negative 390309, Printed, Scan 2019012501ph.2

SP 7342 EMD SD40R, SP Class EF630R-1

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SP 7342 was built in April 1966 by EMD as a model SD40, builders number 31551, SP 8470, SP Class EF630-1.
This locomotive was upgraded in Dec. 1980 emerging as SP 7342 EMD SD40R, SP Class EF630R-1.
The disposition of this locomotive is, retired May 1999. Became GFCX, CEFX 3098.
SP 7342 in Oakland
Southern Pacific SD40 rebuild 7342 models a funky test scheme in the diesel terminal in West Oakland on March 3, 1981. Behind the SD40 you can see half of SP's GP40X fleet. Also, according to key Route Ken:
"Round steel poles with flat tops were used for catenary support poles along city streets and "city" private row's... The "lattice poles" in photo (Erector set piece) were erected by OA&B Line Crews on at least ONE side of the RR row to "assist" in supporting the (Bay Area Electric) catenary. I've never seen them on opposite sides from each other. You'll still see these "lattice" poles from Melrose to West Oakland (here and there), as well as out around Shellmound and vicinity. The concrete building in the background is the old West Oakland Substation. The West Oakland Substation (mid-1941 to 1990's) was used as headquarters for SP's "Electrical Dept" //Maint of Way, under Supervisors Byron Alvers and George Westphal. George Stewart was Division Engineer." About those lattice poles, according to Dr. Zharkoff, "they never carried the overhead for the red electrics. They did carry the high voltage transmission lines from Fruitvale Powerhouse to the substation at 7th and Cedar Sts., that concrete building in the background. Ever since the end of the red electrics, they've carry 60 cycle AC distribution for the West Oakland yard."

SP 7373 EMD SD40R, SP Class EF630R-2

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SP 7373 was built in May 1966 by EMD as a model SD40, builders number 31557, SP 8476, SP Class EF630-1.
This locomotive was upgraded in June 1981 emerging as SP 7373 EMD SD40R, SP Class EF630R-2.
The disposition of this locomotive is, Retired Dec. 1997, Sold Dec. 1999 to Boise Locomotive Co.
SP 7373 at Westley
On Feb. 20, 1989 due a blockage on Southern Pacific’s valley route, caused by the 7502 derailment the SP rerouted many trains from the valley line to the then seldom used westside line. Here, SP SD40R 7373 leads a westbound west side freight past the water tower at Westley, CA. Note the former Southern high nose SD45 in the consist.

SP 7375 EMD SD40R, SP Class EF630R-2

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SP 7375 was built in Jan. 1966 by EMD as a model SD40, builders number 31493, SP 8412, SP Class EF630-1.
This locomotive was upgraded in June 1981 emerging as SP 7375 EMD SD40R, SP Class EF630R-2.
The disposition of this locomotive is, retired Oct. 1999, sold May 2004 and presumed scrapped.
SP 7375 at Westley
SP SD40R 7375 railroad west (north) of Westley, CA leading a westbound on Feb. 20, 1989 detouring on the Westside line following a major derailment at Manteca.

SP 7399 EMD SD44R, SP Class EF630R-2

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SP 7399 was built in September 1966 by EMD as a model SD45, builders number 32028, SP 8837, SP Class EF636-1.
This locomotive was upgraded in October 1981 with a 16 cyl 645 emerging as SP 7399 the sole EMD SD44R, SP Class EF630R-2.
The disposition of this locomotive is, retired Dec. 1997. Rebuilt by VMV and leased to UP as UP 4766. Assumed returned, current status not known.
SP 7399 in Stockton
A Kodachrome on Ektachrome. SP SD44 7399 is in Stockton, CA on Feb 9, 1989.

SP 7478 EMD SD45R, SP Class EF636R-2

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SP 7478 was built in 1968 by EMD as a model SD45, builders number 34351, SP 8983, SP Class EF636-4.
This locomotive was upgraded in 1983 emerging as SP 7478 SP Class EF636R-2.
The disposition of this locomotive is, sold 2002 to Helm. Became Terminal Railroad Assn. of St. Louis, TRRA 3002. Ultimate disposition not known.
SP SD45R 7478 in Roseville
On Monday May 12, 1986 SP SD45R 7478 is waiting for work in Roseville, CA.

SP 7502 EMD SD45R, SP Class EF636LR-1

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SP 7502 was built in April 1968 by EMD as a model SD45, builders number 33654, SP 8957, SP Class EF636-3.
This locomotive was upgraded in April 1984, sold to a leasing company and leased back, emerging as SP 7502 EMD SD45R, SP Class EF636LR-1.
The disposition of this locomotive is, retired Dec 1999. Further details not known.
February of 1989 wreck
In February of 1989, a 58 car Southern Pacific train (led by the 7502) derailed in the heart of Manteca. Many of the cars were off the track, but there were no injuries. Photo Feb. 20, 1989. According to Marshall Deem the derailment was caused by a broken rail. This was posted to Trainorders in 2010. According to the LA Times, "Railroad officials said 48 cars (of an 82 car train) were knocked from the tracks and three of them contained residue from chlorine, phosphoric acid and hydrocarbons."

SP 7503 EMD SD45R, SP Class EF636LR-1

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SP 7503 was built in 1967 by EMD as a model SD45, builders number 32831, SP 8917, SP Class EF636-2.
This locomotive was upgraded in 1984 emerging as SP 7503 EMD SD45R, SP Class EF636LR-1.
The disposition of this locomotive is, retired in 1999 to Boise Locomotive Company. Resold to Alstom Canade and rebuilt to SD40M-2 CEFX 3134. Further details not known.
Light engines headed east
On Saturday May 10, 1986 SP SD45R 7503 leads about nine locomotives moving light onto the Yolo Causeway, west of Sacramento, CA. SP GP40-2 7674 was on the rear of this light movement.

SP 7529 EMD SD45R, SP Class EF636LR-1

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SP 7529 was built in 1969 by EMD as a model SD45, builders number 34380, SP 9012, SP Class EF636-2.
This locomotive was upgraded in 1984 emerging as SP 7529 SP Class EF636LR-1.
The disposition of this locomotive is, retired and sold in 1999.
SP SD45R 7529 in Roseville
SP SD45R 7529 is waiting for work in Roseville, CA on Monday, May 12, 1986.

SP 7546 EMD SD45R, SP Class EF636LR-3

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SP 7546 was built in Jan. 1970 by EMD as a model SD45, builders number 35771, SP 9134, SP Class EF636-6.
This locomotive was upgraded in May 1985 sold to a leasing company and leased back emerging as SP 7546 EMD SD45R, SP Class EF636LR-3.
The disposition of this locomotive is, sold in Dec. 1996 by UP becomong MRL 320.
SP 7546 at Gustine
SP SD45R 7546 at Gustine, CA leading a westbound in fading light on Feb. 20, 1989 detouring on the Westside line following a major derailment at Manteca.

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