my ESPEE MODELERS ARCHIVE
California's Railroad to the U.S. 1861 - 1996
3051 - 3093
3131 - 3153
66 units delivered
DRGW's original 43 GP40's were delivered in 4 orders between 1966 and 1971. #3051 - #3080 were delivered in the small Rio Grande lettering, #3081 was the first DRGW unit delivered in the large 'Billboard' Grande lettering.
With the 'merger' of DRGW and SP a common paint scheme was felt required, the choice later came to be called 'Speed Lettering'. For DRGW fans, #3086 had the ignominious fate to become the first DRGW locomotive to be Speed Lettered. Thanks to Bill Miotek, two other units also were Speed Lettered; GP40 #3059 and exConrail GP40 #3138. Atlas has released the HO Scale #3059 in Speed Lettering.
To provide power for a 1983 UP/MP/WP trackage rights agreement and increased traffic from SP's Ogden, UT. connection; DRGW leased then bought 23 ex Conrail GP40's. Used as is but renumbered so as not to conflict with the existing roster, all old lettering was painted out. These were later cycled through Mid-America Car to receive DRGW paint and lettering and renumbered #3131-3153.
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