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  • How late were the SP SD35's used?

    With the release of the Atlas SD35 in SP paint, that go me to wondering how late these lasted on the SP. I'm guessing they were retired by the mid-1980's. Can any SP guru's provide an answer on this? When were the last ones retired/scrapped?

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    Hey Jim,

    Six of them are still running around but they are kind of yeller. They are UP Y830-Y835. The first one painted was 27 April 1998. Numbers that will work at that date are SP 2830, 2832, 2972, 2974-76.

    Jim Harrawood

    Utah Rails
    Jim Harrawood

    Utah Rails

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    • #3
      My info tells me that some ot the SD35Rs survived until at least 1997. Those were the 'de-turboed' puppies. The last of the SD35Es (the ones that kept their turbos) was retired in 1996.



      Don in Orygun City

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      • #4
        The six I listed are the SD35R's.

        Jim Harrawood

        Utah Rails
        Jim Harrawood

        Utah Rails

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        • #5
          Jim,

          Wow, so your saying the SP SD35's are still kicking? That is amazing for a diesel that old. I would have figured UP would retire them as soon as they got them. Especially since SP ran their equipment into the ground.

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          • #6
            I think the whole secret is they have been used as yard switchers and do not have a turbo.

            Jim Harrawood

            Utah Rails
            Jim Harrawood

            Utah Rails

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            • #7
              Jim,

              Do you have any idea where the UP (ex SP) SD35 units are? I have been searching high and low for them! The last SD35E I saw was sitting in Indio, CA in September of 2000 with a bunch of derelict road units (mostly tunnel motors).

              Here's a picture:

              http://www.trainweb.org/tomfassett/p..._EMD_SD35E.JPG

              I'd love to find them in UP paint...

              Tom

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              • #8
                According to the UP web site, they have no SD35's on the roster any longer. They do still have SD38's, and a bunch of SD40T-2's. Their locomotive roster still showes which units are still in non UP paint.

                Here is the link for their roster.

                http://www.uprr.com/aboutup/locorost2002.shtmlid=blue>


                Carl



                Web site under construction at http://carlshobby.50megs.com

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                • #9
                  quote:



                  According to the UP web site, they have no SD35's on the roster any longer...



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                  Yeah, that's what they said in 1999, but I saw the 2957 in a consist still pulling freight out the East LA yard in mid 2000... I finally got the picture of it sitting in Indio a few months later. So don't tell me they are no longer around, I refuse to believe it--I won't--you can't make me--say it ain't so!...

                  Hey, did I tell you I saw Elvis the other day? He and the Lindberg baby are sharing a bungalow in Santa Barbara, right next to where they keep all the SD35s in shining new grey and scarlet, lovingly maintaining them for the day the SD90s and AC6000s are exposed for the shams they really are... (sniff, sniff...)

                  Where's my teddy?...

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