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A grand list of units used by the NWP and NWP affiliates.
4423: SD9E- Used at various times post-GRIP to replace SD7s; used from 1996-1998 on "New NWP," Operational, Niles Canyon Railway as SP 5472, its original number.
4327: SD9E- Used at various times post-GRIP to replace SD7s, used from 1996-1998 on "New NWP", Operational, sold by Omni-Trax to a grain plant in Michigan(?). Still in NWP Black Widow paint.
4426: SD9E- Used at various times post-GRIP to replace SD7s, bought by Nevada Northern, now serves as NNRR 204
4451: SD9E- Used near the (very) end of the SP era, legendary SP SD9E which never had it's steam generator removed. Was used in SF commute service before arrival of SDP45s and GP40Ps. Currently derelict in Schellville Yard; owned by BUGX.
4450: SD9E- Used near the (very) end of the SP era, legendary SP SD9E which never had it's steam generator removed. Was used in SF commute service before arrival of SDP45s and GP40Ps. Originally saved by Western Pacific Railroad Museum, scrapped in 2014.
4436: SD9E- Used at various times throughout SP era; used on SP MOW train that was tied down at Schellville and never left. Derelict, Schellville Yard.
4304: SD9E- Used at various times post-GRIP to replace SD7s, currently present in the Willits yard. Lettered for BUGX, so how are they going to get it out if it really is owned by BUGX?
4418: SD9E- Used at various times post-GRIP to replace SD7s, Kodachrome paint, pretty sure its on the POTB in Oregon now.
5305: Built for DRGW, Low-hood SD9. Owned by OMLX. Leased to New NWP. Leased to Royal Gorge Route. Scrapped at Royal Gorge early 2010's.
Other units (that I can confirm were on the NWP) of the SD9E/R type include 4347, 4338, 4346, 4349, 4438, 4362, 4402, 4369 and 4360. Pretty much any unit, any number assigned to Roseville would have been sent to Schellville.
3804: GP9E- As far as I know, was used during SP era at various times. Was used by North Coast Railroad; then used illegally by NWPY. Reclaimed by BUGX early 2017; currently in Stockton either awaiting restoration or awaiting scrapping.
3190: GP9E- Only used at very end of SP era (1993ish-1996); used by North Coast Rail Road during 1990's, originally ex-SP GP9E built with no dynamics and a fueltank with a water tank for steam generator use (See SP 5623 for an example of these locos). Derelict, Eureka Yard.
2872: As far as I know, was used during SP era at various times. Owned by BUGX. Used by North Coast Rail Road during 1990's. Derelict, Eureka Yard. Standard SP freight GP9E. Note: Still has its gyralights! On both ends!
3857: As far as I know, was used during SP era at various times. Owned by BUGX. Used by North Coast Rail Road during 1990's. Derelict, Eureka Yard. Standard SP freight GP9E.
3779: As far as I know, was used during SP era at various times. Owned by BUGX. Used by North Coast Rail Road during 1990's. Derelict, Eureka Yard. Standard SP freight GP9E.
3786: As far as I know, was used during SP era at various times. Owned by BUGX. Used by North Coast Rail Road during 1990's. Currently in Willits, derelict. Standard SP freight GP9E.
(In regards to GP7's: Cotton Belt was the only company under the SP umbrella to have a GP7, and that one loco was held in Houston as a switcher. There was no chance it would have been on the NWP.)
For modelers, GP9E's 3779, 3786 and 3857 are virtually identical. 2872 is similar, but with full light package at both ends. 3190 has no dynamics, enlarged fuel tank, and air tanks mounted on roof. Only model I can think of that has this is Athearn's SP 5623.
SP doesnt appear to run many Geeps in our neck of the woods. No clue as to why.
Used up and down the NWP until about 1970 when they were reassigned to heavy/industrial switching. The beloved Caddilacs replaced these on the system until SP closed up shop. Only the first two numbers were ever seen on the NWP. There is but one exception to this, however...
To be honest, these are pretty boring and were quite tedious to gather info on. Most of 'em are scrapped, sadly.
From left to right the numbers are original, 1965 renumber, 1973 number, post-GRIP.
All were used as road switchers from Eureka to San Francisco. They operated up and down the line until about 1970, when they were shoved to switching service.
5308, 2715, 1415, 1518; (Note: Ex-EMD 990, first SD series unit ever built.)
5318, 2725, 1425, 1527;
5281, 2702, 1402, 1514;
5282, 2703, 1403, 1537;
5283, 2704, 1404, 1538; (Note: Spotted on an ATSF Tiburon-bound paddleboat in 1961.)
5327, 2734, 1434, 1519; (Note: Was in the failed "Halloween" paint as 5327, with solid orange ends to the hoods.)
5325, 2732, 1432, 1524;
5280, 2701, 1401, 1530;
5326, 2733, 1433, 1509;
5284, 2705, 1405, 1516;
5322, 2729, 1429, 1503;
5279, 2700, 1400, 1539;
5328, 2735, 1435, 1513;
5311, 2718, 1418, 1542;
5313, 2720, 1420, 1507. (Note: Built with a F7 fueltank. Kept said fueltank until the very end.)
All SD7s had spark arrestors over both exhaust pipes and, if they had it, the steam generator exhaust pipe.
Spotted post-GRIP in Schellville was SP 1533, SD7R, and apparently, it wasnt there long. Its currently in Turlock, CA, with its original gyralights still installed.
All but two of them are identical. Those, sans 5313 and 5308, are:
- "Trash can" mars light
- Steam generators (some, but not all, had these)
- Spark arrestors
- Dual large fuel tank
5313 has these traits, but has an F7 fueltank from a wrecked F7.
- Steam generator
- Winterization hatch over the first cooling fan
- Dual "blat" Leslie A200 horns
SP had dynamics removed/disconnected during the GRIP, but no SD7s were still at Schellville at that time so modelling the dynamics is not a problem.
2009: Built by Railpower, numbered 5407, leased to a grain hopper circa 2007, leased to RJ Corman circa 2009. Renumbered 2009. Sold to NWPco. Operational, NWPco.
1922: Built new for Northern Pacific Railway, #337. Retained by BN during merger, repainted into BN green and black. Renumbered #1922. BNSF gained the locomotive post-merger, renumbering it to #1628. Bought by BUGX, renumbered back to 337. Leased to NWPco, renumbered back to 1922. Stored, NWPco.
1322: Built new for ATSF, GP7, rebuilt by ATSF as GP7u #2019. Retained during BNSF merger, renumbered 1322 by BNSF. Sold to BUGX Leasing, rebuilt by BUGX. Leased to NWPco until 2016. Leased to Santa Maria Valley Railroad. Operational, SMVR.
5076: Built new for Southern Railway as SOU 5076. Built for rear-hood-forward operation. Retained during merger into NS. Sold to private leasing company. Leased to NWP for a very brief few days before being leased to Napa Valley Wine Train for service on the Quattro Vino.
70: GP7- Originally owned by Reading Railroad as 618, bought by CCT and renumbered to 70. Bought by NCRA and lettered as NCRR 70. Scrapped in-place in Eureka Yard, 2015.
171: SW1500- ex-Apalachicola Railroad SW1500 171. Bought by LLPX leaser; leased to NWPY for a few months in 2001. Still around, god knows where, travelling around the US to short lines.
TCRY 7: Ex-SLSF VO-1000, rebuilt into VO-1000m with 567 prime mover. Not yet used by NWP. Stored at Schellville, 2014. Its currently in the Schellville deadline, along with SP 1971 (a caboose) and 1922 herself.
6412+6413: SD40-2s: 6412 ex-Conrail, 6413 ex-EMDX, Leased to NWPY and stored during 2001 while 171 did the very basic freight operations. One (6413) bought by CFNR. Currently floating around the CFNR system.
SP 8992 (SD45) was spotted in Eureka in 1971. I would NOT expect ANY SD45's to run on the canyon, so why its there is a mystery. The very early 70's were changing times on the NWP, so it may have been standing in for the not-yet-arrived SD9s as they made the change from SD7s to rebuilt SD9E/Rs.
CCT 80 is in Willits, privately owned. Alco RS1.
CCT 42 is/was in Willits. Cannot confirm. Alco S2.
During the "New" NWP black widow days, SP 6595 turned up on a freight. Owned by BUGX. At least one other GP35 was on the NWP during this time.
SP 8617 (U33C) was in Willits for a time. Probably there for the same reason that SP 8992 was there.
During CFNR occupation this was the CFNR's modest roster...
100-113: EMD GP15-1- Former C&NW. Note: Has a gong bell on the front nose.
200-201: EMD SD9- Former DMIR units. Sold. One still on roster (201.)
202-203: EMD SD9- Former SP units (Has Gyralight base). Sold. Neither stayed on roster. 203 had a chop nose, but a visible rear umbrella hump indicating an SP SD9E/R rebuild.
EUKA rostered a handful of GP38's...
30-31: EMD GP38: ex-Conrail, exx-Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines. To Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern #3800 and #3801. Built without dynamics.
32-33: EMD GP38: Former Pennsylvania Central. 32 to Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern #3802. 33 to Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern #3803. #3803 sold to Helm Leasing, renumbered #3600. Built with dynamics.
(Note: Helm #3803 and DME #3803 are completely different locomotives. HLCX #3803 is ex-NdeM. #3600 is actually EUKA #33.)
A&MR rostered 3 GE 44 tonners and a Whitcomb...
101, 102, 104: 101 and 102 built for Pine Flat Dam Contractors; 104 built for NYO&W. Bought by A&MR. Sold to EUKA. 101 to MeadWestvaco Company, DeRiddler, Louisiana, then donated 2000 to Timber Heritage Association. Currently in Arcata. 102 scrapped 2004. 104 to NCRR, then to Roots of Motive Power.
103: Whitcomb 65-ton diesel switcher. Built for US Navy. Sold to Franko Railroad Contractors circa 1960. Fate unknown.
I found out a lot after doing some searching for these two. This is one wacky story to tell.
BLE 718: F7A- Ironically, the A unit is the less wacky unit of the two. Built for Bessemer & Lake Erie Railway; painted in a modified BLE paint scheme. The main stripe was a yellowish white, instead of the standard reddish orange. Privately owned in Schellville.
BLE 716B: F7B- Built for Bessemer & Lake Erie Railway; painted in the similar paint to 718. Modified with cab controls in the center of the unit for use shoving coal hoppers on unloading ramps off Lake Erie. Was used for that job for quite some time. Some time between the B&LE's end and now this unit and 718 were taken to Schellville.
If anyone has any more examples (or a correction to my mistake) feel free to post it here.