Southern Pacific

SP 3204 at Bahia

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SP 3200 EMD SDP-45, SP Class EP636-1

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SP 3200 was built in May 1967 by EMD as a model SDP-45, builders number 32849, SP 3200, SP Class EP636-1. These were later reclassified to freight service and reclassified in 1985 to SP Class EF636-13.
The disposition of this locomotive is, fire damaged in Nov. 1989, retired Aug. 1990 and sold. Scrapped in Aug. 1992.
SP 3200 in Oakland
The old Southern Pacific Sanding Towers at the West Oakland, CA Diesel Shop Racks are behind SP SDP45 3200 and FP7 6450 on February 27, 1973. These towers were demolished in February 2010.
SP 3200 in San Francisco
Southern Pacific SDP45 3200 leads train 132 south over Quint St., in San Francisco, CA on June 12, 1974.

SP 3201 EMD SDP-45, SP Class EP636-1

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SP 3201 was built in May 1967 by EMD as a model SDP-45, builders number 32850, SP 3201, SP Class EP636-1. These were later reclassified to freight service and reclassified in July 1985 to SP Class EF636-13.
This locomotive was retired in Jan. 1990, sold in May 1990 and scrapped in December 1996.
SP 3201 in Newark
Southern Pacific SDP45 3201 on the point of Amtrak number 12 in Newark, CA on May 12, 1973.
I posted this photo to Facebook (FB) and Train Orders with the following caption, "Mystery Photo! I have no idea where I shot this photo or what train it is. Can you help? Southern Pacific SDP45 3201 on the point of an unknown passenger train on May 12, 1973."
Ron Lehmer said, "it looks like a Coast Starlight. You've got two dead heading cars ahead of the baggage car." Ryan M. Martin said, "the used tie "fence line" on the left make me agree with Newark wye but at Carter (not Cherry) with the Dumbarton line veering off to the left. So that switch on the right would be the freight dock area located between Carter street and Thornton? I replied to Ryan, "thanks. I think that's it. At my age, my memories sometimes become like feelings, vague notions really. This feels right to me!. Ron Lehmer added, "Yeah, I was starting to think Carter as well, just couldn't get back to FB."

OPRRMS said on Altamont Press:
Photo #1 is of Train 12 on the main track at the north end (timetable west) of the Newark yard. The Santa Clara Siding is visible on the other side of the mainline. The track taking off to the right is the "Rickwell" (sp?) which was one of two leads going from the mainline into that end of the yard. The south leg of the wye heading to Centerville and Niles is barely visible in the distance beyond that. The switches and signals for all of these tracks were controlled by the operator at Newark Tower, which was actually just a small single-story building located west of the east wye switch. The Eucalyptus trees in the far distance on the other side of the train marked the west end of the Santa Clara Sliding "Extension" and was where units for the various Newark locals were often parked. The Dumbarton wye and the Newark depot (the area is now called Carter by UP) are out of sight and around a curve beyond that. Directly behind where you are standing is a grade crossing (might be Central Avenue, but it's been at least 25 years since I've been there, so my memory is fuzzy - look it up on a map if you wish), and behind the crossing is the Newark yard.

SP 3202 EMD SDP-45, SP Class EP636-1

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SP 3202 was built in May 1967 by EMD as a model SDP-45, builders number 32851, SP 3202, SP Class EP636-1. These were later reclassified to freight service and reclassified in June 1985 to SP Class EF636-13.
This locomotive was retired in July 1989, sold in Nov. 1989, stripped for parts and scrapped.
SP 3202
On Sunday August 15, 1976 SP SDP45s 3202 and 3206 head west toward Benicia Bridge alongside Interstate 680, which at this date, along this stretch, had just been redesignated from being California State Route 21. According to WAF this is the RVSFY/RVWJY.
  • Photo of SP 3202
    Analog Image, Slide 5.794

SP 3203 EMD SDP-45, SP Class EP636-1

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SP 3203 was built in May 1967 by EMD as a model SDP-45, builders number 32852, SP 3203, SP Class EP636-1. These were later reclassified to freight service and reclassified in June 1985 to SP Class EF636-13.
This locomotive was retired in Nov. 1990 and sold in Jan 1992.
SP 3203 in San Francisco
Southern Pacific SDP45 3203 leads an all sub train 128 south over Quint St., in San Francisco, CA on July 15, 1974.
SP 3203 in Roseville, CA
Three weekend warriors SP 3203, 3205 and 3204 trail 9232 toward Center Street in Roseville, CA on an unknown date in 1975.

SP 3204 EMD SDP-45, SP Class EP636-1

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SP 3204 was built in May 1967 by EMD as a model SDP-45, builders number 32853, SP 3204, SP Class EP636-1. These were later reclassified to freight service and reclassified in June 1985 to SP Class EF636-13.
This locomotive was retired in November 1990, sold 1991 and scrapped.
SP 3204 at Bahia
Southern Pacific 3204 on the point of a westbound at Bahia (near Benicia CA) on an unknown date in 1975. WAF said, "The photo was typical power on Oakland bound trains in the 70s on Sunday afternoons. On Sundays SDP45s would be returning from Donner helper service and road service to Sparks. They would be back to San Jose that evening or early Monday morning. SDP45s used on UPSFF/UPSFT/OASFY trains to the City would work back to SJ on the late Sunday evening commutes."
SP 3204 at Tracy
On Sunday morning, November 10, 1974 Southern Pacific SDP45s 3204, 3206 and 3208 lead the RVOAZ in Tracy Yard. The steel block is a setout for Pittsburg. These images are shot on Kodachrome film. (Thanks WAF on Train Orders for this information.)

SP 3205 EMD SDP-45, SP Class EP636-1

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SP 3205 was built in June 1967 by EMD as a model SDP-45, builders number 32854, SP 3205, SP Class EP636-1. These were later reclassified to freight service and reclassified in June 1985 to SP Class EF636-13.
This locomotive was retired in Dec. 1986 It was sold in Aug. 1988 and scrapped.
SP 3205 in San Francisco
The date was not recorded, probably 1974, on this photo of Southern Pacific SDP45 3205 pulling train 130 past Fourth Street Tower in San Francisco, CA.
SP 3205 model in Richmond
Elizabeth Allen's superb model of Southern Pacific SDP45 3205 was on display at the June 21, 2014 Bay Area Prototype Modelers (BAPM) meeting.

SP 3206 EMD SDP-45, SP Class EP636-1

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SP 3206 was built in June 1967 by EMD as a model SDP-45, builders number 32855, SP 3206, SP Class EP636-1. These were later reclassified to freight service and reclassified in June 1985 to SP Class EF636-13.
This locomotive was retired in Jan. 1989, sold in April 1989, scrapped in 1996.
SP 3206 in West Oakland
Southern Pacific SDP45 3206 is at West Oakland, CA on the point of the the Coast Starlight on December 18, 1973.
SP 3206 in Roseville, CA
Southern Pacific SDP45 3206 pulls west over the Subway Bridge in Roseville, CA on February 23, 1980.
  • Photo of SP 3206 in Roseville
    Analog Image, Kodachrome Slide 5.812, Scan 2010123101.3

SP 3207 EMD SDP-45, SP Class EP636-1

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SP 3207 was built in June 1967 by EMD as a model SDP-45, builders number 32856, SP 3207, SP Class EP636-1. These were later reclassified to freight service and reclassified in July 1985 to SP Class EF636-13.
This locomotive was retired in Jan. 1989 and sold in April 1989 and scrapped in Dec. 1996.
SP 3207 in San Francisco
Southern Pacific SDP45 3207 leads train 132 over Quint St., in San Francisco, CA on July 15, 1974.

SP 3208 EMD SDP-45, SP Class EP636-1

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SP 3208 was built in June 1967 by EMD as a model SDP-45, builders number 32857, SP 3208, SP Class EP636-1. These were later reclassified to freight service and reclassified in July 1985 to SP Class EF636-13.
This locomotive was retired in December 1986, scrapped in January 1988.
SP 3208 in Orland
Southern Pacific SDP45 3208 is running through Orland, CA on April 28, 1981. The crowd is gathered for the GS4 powered train behind the diesel. According to WAF on Train Orders, "3208 was the helper on 4449 and had to wye at Tehama since it was running backwards on the Special."

SP 3209 EMD SDP-45, SP Class EP636-1

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SP 3209 was built in June 1967 by EMD as a model SDP-45, builders number 32858, SP 3209, SP Class EP636-1. These were later reclassified to freight service and reclassified in July 1985 to SP Class EF636-13.
This locomotive was retired in January 1989, sold January 1990 and scrapped in March 1990.
SP 3209 in San Francisco
Southern Pacific SDP45 3209 leads an all gallery car train 130 south over Quint St., in San Francisco, CA on July 15, 1974.

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