Union Pacific

Click on image to enlarge

I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them. The Union Pacific has come to dominate California Railroading in the 21st century

UP and its subsidiaries

Home : Steve Sloan's Trains : Union Pacific : 2500-2999

Click on the following links to see pictures related to the UP:

UP 2543 EMD GP40, rebuilt by MPI, Designation GP38-2

According to good sources UP 2543 was built in Aug 1967 by EMD as NYC 3074 a model GP40, builders number 33238. Rebuilt from GP40 to GP38-2 by MPI, Boise Locomotive Co., Boise, Idaho. Leased from Helm Financial, from UP series 2527-2586. Nov. 2010 vacated from UP roster, becoming HLCX 1043.
UP 2543 on the last UP Santa Cruz Local - Down at the Boardwalk
The Santa Cruz local passes the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on the Santa Cruz Local's December 28, 2009 northbound journey.

UP 2586 EMD GP40, rebuilt by MPI, Designation GP38-2

According to good sources UP 2586 was built in Oct. 1968 by EMD as PC 3189 a model GP40, builders number 34346. Rebuilt from GP40 to GP38-2 by MPI, Boise Locomotive Co., Boise, Idaho. Leased from Helm Financial, from UP series 2527-2586. Apr. 2010 vacated from UP roster, becoming HLCX 1086.
UP 2586 on the last UP Santa Cruz Local
UP Geeps head north light on Walker Street in Watsonville, CA on December 28, 2009.

December 28, 2009 the last UP Santa Cruz Local goes north along Buena Vista Drive, through a eucalyptus grove approaching the San Andreas Crossing at MP 6.87.

The Santa Cruz Local, after stopping for breakfast in Aptos, heading north over the long trestle in Capitola, December 28, 2009.

After picking up cars and going around the wye the train now heads south back towards home, December 28, 2009.

At MP 6.87 is the San Andreas Crossing where the UP line actually crosses Buena Vista Road. It was raining pretty good at this point

Finally back in Watsonville. The local does its last street running on Walker Street at 3:05 p.m. The journey for UP's last Santa Cruz Local and the story of big time railroads running to Santa Cruz is likely drawing to a close, December 28, 2009.

The last UP Santa Cruz Local ends its trip in Watsonville, Jct.

UP 2614, UP Designation ET44AH

According to good sources UP 2614 was built in 2015 by GE as a model ET44AH, builders number 63522, UP model designation ET45AH, from UP series 2570-2669.
UP 2614 on stack train
At East Norden, approaching the big hole, an eastbound IOADU stack train has UP 2614, 4676, 4726 and 7393 for power on Friday, August 2, 2019 at 5:20pm.

UP 2630, UP Designation ET44AH

According to good sources UP 2630 was built in 2015 by GE as a model ET44AH, builders number 63638, UP model designation ET45AH, from UP series 2570-2669.
UP 2630 on Coal Train
On Saturday August 3, 2019, at 2pm a Union Pacific eastbound coal train has ET44AH 2630, 8456 and 2599 as power. The train is in the Painted Rack Road area west of Fernley, Nevada.

UP 2640, GE ET44AH

UP 2640 is a GE ET44AH GEVO built in 2015. UP model designation ET45AH, from UP series 2570-2669.

UP 2640
  • Photo of UP 2640 at Hood River, Oregon
    At 9:10 am on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 Union Pacific 2640, a GE ET44AH, leads an eastbound 3+1 stack train at EB stack train off Windswept Place, Hood River, Oregon. There are a number of raptors nests in the area where this photo was taken.
    Image 2017082906ph.16 - D600 24~120mm f4 lens.

UP 2675, GE ET44AH

According to good sources UP 2675 was built in 2016 by GE as a model ET44AH GEVO, builders number 64308, UP model designation ET45AH, from UP series 2670-2739.
UP No-grainer at the big hole
On Friday, August 2, 2019 near Donner Ski Ranch, at the Big Hole, an eastbound UP empty grain train has 2675, 6296 (ex SP 250) and 7783 as a DPU.

UP 2769, GE ES44AH-T4C, UP Designation C45AH

According to good sources UP 2769 was built in 2016 by GE as a model ES44AH-T4C, builders number 64402, UP model designation C45AH, from UP series 2740-2769.
Empty Coal Train at Boca
At 7:10pm on Friday, August 2, 2019, an eastbount 3+0 empty coal train at Boca, east of Truckee, has 2769, 6614 and former SP unit 6159 for power. The 6159 is ex SP 117.

UP 2775, UP Designation SD40-2

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, UP 2775, former SP 8699, was built in March 1967 by EMD as a model SD45, builders number 32638, CNW 915. In December 1994, after being rebuilt, the locomotive was released by Morrison-Knudsen to SP as SP 8699, an SD40M-2 SP Class EF630LK-2. Later becoming UP 2775, UP Designation SD40-2, 2650-2782 series.
The disposition of this locomotive is, UP 2775 retired in October 2010.
UP 2775 at Mojave, CA
UP 2775 and 2348 switch at Mojave, CA on Sunday April 30, 2006

UP 2801 GE U28C

UP 2801 is a GE U28C. Reportedly UP 2801 was built in June 1966 by GE as a model U28C, builders number 36015, retired August 1981.
UP 2801 in Nampa
Union Pacific (UP) U28C 2801 in Nampa Idaho on Sunday, September 9, 1973. According to George Foster, "that 'Be Specific, Ship Union Pacific' boxcar in the background is a B-50-18 or B-50-19."
This was posted to Altamont Press on March 19, 2015.

UP 2887 GE U30C

UP 2887 is a GE U30C. Reportedly UP 2887 was built by the GE as U30C UP 2887 in 1974, serial number 39608. It was traded back to GE in 1987.
UP 2887 at Night in Oakland
On an unrecorded date in 1974 UP 2887 is laying over in the WP West Oakland Yard.
  • Shot on 35mm 2475 recording film at ISO 3000 using a Nikormat FTN and a Honeywell Strobonar flash with a 50mm f2 lens exposed at 1/60 @ f2.
    Taken with the coarsest grain highest speed film then available.:
    From Photo Album 1001.1.21.1, Scan 2018020901ph.2

Special Notes


Related Links

Click on the following links to see other posts related to this story:

My UP collection in Flickr
My collection of many Union Pacific photos in Flickr.

Special Thanks

All the great folks who helped me out with information for these Web pages!

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Table of Contents