Western Pacific

Me on the mike

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WP and its subsidiaries

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WP 334 Alco 2-8-2 MK-60-71 Class
A photo my dad took in July 1970 of me on the WP Mikado at the Western Railroad Museum in Rio Vista. Western Pacific 334 reportedly is the sole surviving Alco Class 332 MK-60-71 2-8-2. With the distinctive "Desert Tenders", these "Big Mikes" operated primarily between Portola and Elko. 334 was retired in October 1952, but operated on several fan trips in 1956, making her the last steam locomotive on the WP.
SN 402 EMC SW1 | Closer Shot
Sacramento Northern SW1 402 getting tested outside the roundhouse. SN 402 gets attention under the hood.
SN402 is an EMC SW1, built in 1939 for the Western Pacific Railroad, as WP502. It was the second of three WP SW1s, the first diesel-electric locomotives purchased by the railroad. It was sold to WP subsidiary Sacramento Northern Railway in the 1960s, it went to the California State Railroad Museum after the Union Pacific merger in 1982.
Neg Scans: 2009112201_04 | 2009112201_05
SN 607 EMC NW2
Back in 1973 Pittsburg, CA was cool and was a great place to go see trains. Best part, it was close to where I lived. So, I would go there often. Sacramento Northern 607 is an NW2 shown here near the steel plant.
Image: 2009110601_0007, Photo Location Map
WP 608 EMC NW2
Builder Number 1000 Built 5/40. Ex-Stockton Terminal & Eastern 1001, nee-UP 1001; To UP (1887), donated to Feather River Rail Society, 12/84
Lee Hower wrote (on March 26, 2010), "NW2 608 had the unfortunate distinction of being the switcher that pulled out and assembled the last eastbound California Zephyr on on March 21, 1970. My gosh. 40 years and 5 days ago." Eugene replied, "Yup, and she was also the engine that switched the "Mini-Zephyr" train in and out of the WP RR Museum in Portola, CA on October 30 and November 1, 2009. When the Amtrak powered 3 car CZ came into Portola, WP 805-A was waiting in Portola Yard along with 608, which was fired up and used as the terminal switcher to bring the train into the museum yard."
Eugene continued, "I should note that the passengers were having dinner and the engineer on 608 was so gentle that no one was even aware we had been coupled on to and were moving. The wine glasses didn't even tremble."
Eugene said, "608 was the first locomotive I ever worked on as part of an engine crew (at the museum, of course)."
WP 704 EMD GP7
In the Summer of 1973, Western Pacific orange and silver GP7 704 is waiting for work in West Oakland. This photo is also from film roll number 2-14 35mm Panatomic X shot the Summer of 1973.
WP 727 EMD GP9
WP GP9 727 in Milpitas, 1973.
Neg Scan: 2009112201_01

WP 913-A EMD F7A A.K.A. WP 913
Western Pacific, 920A, 913A:2, 913 builder number 8976 built 1/50 donated to California State RR Museum, 5/81.

According to TrainWeb: 913 was the most famous F-unit of the "Final Four" during their last 4 years in service. She was selected as the only one of the 4 to be painted in WP's orange and silver paint scheme that they did away with during the early 70's.

913 was built on 1/27/1950 (SN 8976) as 920-A. In 1971 she swapped numbers with the original 913-A. That same year she recieved the former SP plow pilot from the recently scrapped 921-A.

In 1975, as with all F-units left on the roster, the alpha suffixes were dropped.

In 1977 913 and 921 were shipped to Morrison-Knudsen in Boise Idaho for major work. 913 and 921 swapped prime movers since 921 had the better of the two. After arriving home in February 1978, she was immediately repainted in a modified freight/passenger orange and silver paint job that made her the most photographed F of the four. 913 and her 3 sisters ran, usually pulling the San Jose Turn from Milpitas to Stockton for the next 3 years until Union Pacific bought WP and everything changed.

WP 913 and 918 were retired roughly the same time in 1981, leaving 917 and 921 to carry on for almost another year. WP donated 913 to the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento, Ca. as a surprise gift that year, where she is currently on display (and is run on occasion).

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WP 918-D EMD F7A, A.K.A. WP 918
WP 918-D is an EMD F7, owned by the Pacific Locomotive Association, serial number 8973, built on January 27, 1950. She is powered by a 16 cylinder EMD engine and has 1500 horsepower. 918 is one of 48 F7's ordered by WP (24 "A" units and 24 "B" units). 913 - 921 were built in 1950 while the 922 - 924 four unit A-B-B-A sets were built a year later. 918-D met her end on the Western Pacific on March 30, 1981. [Read More]
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WP 1503 EMD SW1500
SW1500 EMD Unclassified 1500 horsepower 64,466 pounds tractive effort 257,870 pounds operating weight Cost $207,134.00, 1503, Serial - 72692-3, Order - 72692, Built - 5/31/73, Delivered - 6/21/73. To UP 1317.
WP 2002 EMD GP20
GP20 EMD Class RS-64 2000 horsepower 64,100 pounds tractive effor 256,890 pounds operating weight Cost $212,793.00, 2002, Serial 25624, Frame 5607-2, Order 5607, Built - 11/25/59, Delivered - 12/15/59. To UP (478); Sold to Relco 2001.
WP 2257 GE U23B
WP U23B 2257 in Oakland, 1973.
Neg scan: 2009112201.2
WP 2262 GE U23B
WP U23B 2262 is in the old Oakland power pool in 1975 with another GE cousin. This is the other end of the set with the 3526.
WP 3514 EMD GP40
Builder's number 33059 built 3/67 to UP 663; Sold to KCS 4777
  • In power pool. In the summer of 1973, Western Pacific orange and silver GP40 3514 is waiting for work in West Oakland. This photo is also from roll 2-14, 35mm Panatomic X shot in 1973.
WP 3522 EMD GP40
One of my early photos. Western Pacific 3522 and two WP friends leads an ABBA set of a Union Pacific GP30 two GP9Bs and a GP35 eastbound over Keddie Wye in August 1971.
Slide 5.3538, Scan 08032403.3
WP 3526 EMD GP40
Builder number 36787, built 8/70, To UP 675; Sold to Chicago Missouri & Western 3009; To Wisconsin Central 3009
WP 3533 EMD GP40
Builder Number 37844 Built 8/71. To UP 681; Sold to Chicago Missouri & Western 3016; To SSW 7279
  • In power pool WP GP40 3533 sits waiting for work in West Oakland. 35mm Panatomic-X shot in the summer of 1973.
WP 3554 EMD GP40-2
Builder Number 786277-5 Built 4/80 To UP 909
  • Western Pacific GP40-2 3554 on the point of the SN Detour is itself detouring. The train is caught heading east, crossing the SP bridge at Mossdale, CA in 1980 on a date that was not recorded. The Detour detour was probably due to the October 1980 washout on the Santa Fe in the delta near Trull that swallowed a train.
    Slide 5.3619, Scan 2008032403.2
  • Cab 453 is on the rear of this train.
    Rear of train: Slide 5.2876, Scan 2008031701.3

Cabooses

WP 435 WP 426 class caboose

According to Mike Mucklin:

WP didn't assign classes to their cabooses like UP (CA class) or Santa Fe (Ce class) so I generally refer to them by the first number in the group as being the "class car".
WP 435 was one of the original 1955 built "426 class" cars. This was a group of 35 cars, the first steel cabooses on the WP, numbered from 426 to 460. Construction of the group continued into 1956 and they were delivered with a box car red body, black roofs and yellow lettering and safety appliances. In the early 1970s early cars that were shopped were painted an updated caboose red (bright red) paint scheme with white lettering. Some cars were updated with their end ladders and roof walks removed but some weren't. Some had black roofs and steps but some, like the 435 were all red. As with most shop projects on the WP, there were few specific standards that shop forces were required to adhere to so there were a lot of variations as cars emerged from the repair shop. I believe the first 426 class car to emerge in the bright red scheme from the Jeffrey Car Shops in Sacramento was the 436 on 4-30-73 followed by the 435 on 6-08-73.
435 in Stockton
In June 1973 or later WP 426 class caboose 435 sits at Stockton, CA between assignments.
  • Photo of caboose
    Slide 5.2881, Scan 2008031701.2v2
Caboose 453 International Railway Car Co.
From the series 426 - 460, 35 cars built 1955-56 by International Railway Car Co.
  • Western Pacific GP40-2 3554 on the point
    Slide 5.3619, Scan 2008032403.2
  • Western Pacific Cab 453 is on the rear of the SN Detour detouring east after crossing the SP bridge at Mossdale, CA in 1980 on a date that was not recorded.
    Slide 5.2876, Scan 2008031701.3

WP 668 Western Pacific Composite Bay Window Caboose

According to Mike Mucklin:

WP didn't assign classes to their cabooses like UP (CA class) or Santa Fe (Ce class) so I generally refer to them by the first number in the group as being the "class car".
All of the outside braced cupola and bay window cars were built by WP in Sacramento from retired 1916 era Pullman box cars. The first 12 cars were cupola style cars (nicknamed "Canyon Cabooses" for their recessed ends that provided some protection for crews in inclement weather) in 1937. There was a total of 28 cupola style OB cabooses built before WP built the first bay window style car in 1942. A total of 48 of these bay window box car rebuilds were constructed between 1942 and 1945 when the program ended. The 668 in your shot was the last of the 25 cars built in 1943 and the 658 was in the same group.

This caboose is now private property of Katy Dickinson and John Plocher in San Jose, CA. It was previously at the Golden Gate Railroad Museum, San Francisco.
WP 668 has a related Website here.

WP 668 in Sacramento
Outside braced Wooden WP Caboose 668 sits at Sacramento, CA in June of 1975.
  • Photo of caboose 668
    Slide 5.2885, Scan 2008031701.1v3

Related Links

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My WP collection in Flickr
My collection of Santa Fe photos in Flickr.
WP Roster
A Good WP Roster by The Diesel Shop.

Special Thanks

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

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