California's Railroad to the U.S. 1861 - 1996

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5501 - 5517

17 units delivered

5501 5502 5503 5504 5505 5506 5507 5508 5509
5510 5511 5512 5513 5514 5515 5516 5517

5501 5501 5505 5508

prototype image of DRGW SD50 #5514 at Colorado Springs, CO.

These SD50's were originally a repeat order for 20 more SD40T-2's.
DRGW tested SD50's from both KCS and Seaboard, appraising them as better than the SD40T-2's, DRGW ordered 17 SD50's.

Delivered in 1984 to D&RGW, in Rio Grande paint, they were tacked onto the end of a CSX order, and so exhibit Chessie traits, ie. hood mounted bell and 'mail-slot' battery box doors.

These D&RGW locos entered the SP roster, when the D&RGW bought SP in 1988.

At some point in time ?, these units began to appear in the SP Merger Speed Lettering paint, keeping their original D&RGW numbers.

Prototype References:

  • SP.....into the '90's by Joe.W.Shine.
  • 1995 Southern Pacific Motive Power Annual by Bill Shippen.
  • Southern Pacific Rails - a motive power finale by Peter Limas.
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