Southern Pacific

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I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them. The Southern Pacific railroad will always be my favorite railroad!

SP and its subsidiaries

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SSW 7600 EMD GP40, SP Class EF430C-1

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SSW 7600 was built in Jan. 1966 by EMD as a model GP40, builders number 31483 SSW 7600 EMD GP40, SP Class EF430C-1.
This locomotive was upgraded in April 1982 emerging as SSW 7963 a model GP40R, SP Class EF430CR-1.
The disposition of this locomotive is, According to Ryan Martin, "(the 7600 was) SP rebuild renumbering to SSW 7963, then speed lettered to SP 7963, then patched to UP (Union Pacific) 1459." It was later repainted. According to Benny Cardone, "it's in West Colton today (Dec. 2014) getting PTC installed." According to Ryan:
The UP 1459 (nee SSW 7600, ex-SSW 7963) is indeed the oldest active former SP/SSW/DRGW locomotive frame/carbody on the UP system at a ripe 49 years old. Harry, Paul E and I were just discussing this unit a few weeks ago noting the half century mark coming up. UP can thank SP's GRIP overhaul shop forces for tacking on an extra three decades of service life to the 7600/7963/1459.

With PTC equipment going in, it looks like the former SSW 7600 will live on for several more years to come!
SSW 7600 in Oakland, CA
Cotton Belt GP40 7600 goes under the BART tracks on the east leg of the wye at West Oakland, CA. The date for this photo was not recorded, likely in 1973.

SSW 7604 EMD GP40, SP Class EF430C-1

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SSW 7604 was built in March 1966 by EMD as a model GP40, builders number 31487, SSW 7604 EMD GP40, SP Class EF430C-1.
This locomotive was upgraded in March 1982 emerging as SP 7962 a model GP40R, SP Class EF430CR-1.
The disposition of this locomotive is, assigned but never wore Union Pacific number 1442, repainted Dec. 2005, classed by UP as a GP40-2. SSW 7962 was renumbered to UP 1335 on 17 June 2008, instead of its assigned UP 1442 number, classed by UP as a GP40-2. Reportedly still in service by UP in 2014.
SSW 7604 in Roseville
Cotton Belt GP40 7604 sits in the power pool with U33C 8698 in Roseville on an unknown date 1978.

SSW 7605 EMD GP40, SP Class EF430C-1

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SP 7605 was built in March 1966 by EMD as a model GP40, builders number 31488, SSW 7605 EMD GP40, SP Class EF430C-1.
This locomotive was upgraded in May 1982 emerging as SP 7965 a model GP40R, SP Class EF430CR-1.
The disposition of this locomotive is, classed by UP as a GP40-2 assigned Union Pacific number 1460, repainted Dec. 2005. Reportedly still in service in 2014.
SSW 7605 in Roseville
Relatively rare bought new SSW GP40 7605. Notice in Roseville in August 1977 it has two types of radiator fans!

SP 7674 EMD GP40-2, SP Class EF430-3

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SP 7674 was built in 1980 by EMD as a model GP40-2, builders number 786266-17, SP 7674, SP Class EF430-3.
The disposition of this locomotive is, became UP 1425, renumbered in 2005.
SP GP40-2 on Yolo Causeway
On Saturday May 10, 1986 SP GP40-2 7674 trailed about nine locomotives moving light onto the Yolo Causeway, west of Sacramento, CA. SP SD45R 7503 was on the point of this light movement.

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