The first EMD SD7


SP #1518 was built originally as EMD Demonstrator #990.
It demonstrated on several roads before being sent back to EMD for
refurbishing and repainting in SP Tiger Stripe paint and renumbering #5308.
It was built approx March 1952, acquired by SP October 1952 and was
classified in a one only class as DF-116 as it was slightly different to all
the other SD7's. As delivered - it had dual control stands, a steam boiler
a winterization hatch over the forward fan and two single 'blat' horns.
SP soon added a large beer barrel or trash can signal light to the top of
the short hood. Later repainted in Black Widow still with dual control
stands, so had wings at both ends. Second control stand later removed
and rear wings painted over. Later renumbered #2715 in 1965, painted
in Scarlet and Gray, later still renumbered #1415 when the SW1500
deliveries approached the 27xx numbers.
Rebuilt as an SD7R in 1979/1980 and renumbered to #1518 it lost the
single blat horns and winterization hatch. Was the only SD7 to have wings
at both ends denoting two control stands for bi-directional operation
- similar to the Commute GP9's.
Was the only SD7 to have a winterization hatch - very rare on SP but
not unknown, an F7 or two and the odd GP20 had them.

All photos © John Kemp



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