These great looking units worked the yard for several years.
I believe this is the only shot I have of a unit attached to an ex-Trainmaster brake trailer.
I'm just guessing this was a recently retired Houston unit but I don't remember seeing it around before or after this shot.
A big old SD9043AC takes up the rear of a long string of power making its way through the trim yard at West Colton (under Pepper) and to its way to the evening's "Mojave Flyer" . The sliced and di... (more)
Those were the days, hanging out in the hot sun eating tacos and burritos from Naugles and shooting the bull with the local fans. Does anyone remember the "Rubidoux Geek"?
Later phase GP-35 unrebuilt.
Here is the other one of two of these nice but unsuccessful rebuilds. Notice the EMD-type hood latches and the even height hood doors, not marks of the originals. One of these units is still in... (more)
One of only two rebuilds of this type got the beautiful SP bicentennial scheme. One of these units is still in existence at Orange Empire Railway Museum.
As Andy Rooney might say, "You know, I never really figured out why GE hated the term 'U Boats' when it would seem to be complimentary. The German submarines were excellent machines, reliable and... (more)
One fo the things I always like about SP were the "everyday" units that ended up being rarities on their roster.
There were only 4 of the rebuilds as I recall. There wasn't much change externally. Here's one rebuilt and one not. They're working he yard. Nice chunky little powerhouses.
SP had its bad points but there's no denying they were scenic and interesting. These rebuilds were functional and unlike so many based on the same core, attractive.
Local coming from San Bernardino area.
This is one of two unrebuilt examples which were renumbered into the switcher series.