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California's Railroad to the U.S. 1861 - 1996
SP's oldest diesel locomotive
Born November 1937 - died July 1966
SP's first 'fully owned' diesel locomotive, was SW1 #1000, SP taking possession April 1st 1939.
However their oldest diesel locomotive, was originally an E-2A #SF-1.
The first City of San Francisco Streamliner was a joint SP/UP/C&NW owned, articulated train, usually known as M-10004. There was also a City of Los Angeles M-10002.
SP, UP and C&NW replaced the original City of San Francisco articulated Streamliner with a new train in 1938. This new City of San Francisco Streamliner, was powered by an E-2A SF-1, and two E-2B's, SF-2 and SF-3, and made up of individual passenger cars manufactured by Pullman.
The City of San Francisco trains left from Oakland Pier, and the departure days were known as 'sailing dates', hence I guess the nickname later acquired by E-2A SF-1 - 'Queen Mary'.
In it's original guise, as an E-2A, SF-1 (and E-2B's, SF-2 and SF-3) had two Winton 201A engines, each developing 900hp, for a total of 5400hp for the three unit 'set'. They all had the distinctive porthole windows in the side of the carbody, and were painted in UP's yellow and grey with red trim.
SF-1, SF-2 and SF-3 were damaged in the 'infamous', 1939 derailment of the City of San Francisco Streamliner into Humboldt Creek, Nevada, and were rebuilt in kind in SP's Ogden Shops.
Demand for space on the City of San Francisco, was so great that another train set was commissioned, and in 1941 a second CoSF entered service, powered by EMD E-6A SF-4, and two E-6B's SF-5 and SF-6.
Still demand was greater than supply, so a third CoSF set was built, this time powered by E-7A SF-7 and E7B's SF-8 and SF-9. This set entered service in 1946, and the CoSF went to tri-weekly.
By joint agreement of all owners (SP/UP/C&NW) all City diesels and cars were renumbered into the UP series in 1946. Later in 1948 they were renumbered again, with a 'J' denoting Joint ownership.
In 1948, the three partners dissolved the CoSF relationship, and due to SP's proportional one third share, SP received three of the Pool diesels, SF-1 an original E-2A, and two of the E-7B's, 986 BJ and 986 CJ.
At some point in time, likely before SP ownership, SF-1 received a Mars signal light and larger train numberboards, while still painted in UP yellow and grey. Soon after being taken into SP ownership, all three were painted in Daylight colors. SF-1,SF-8 and SF-9 were originally renumbered 6011A,B,C under SP ownership in 1948 but was changed with the 1949 removal of letter suffixes as the above table. #6017 retained her E-2A heritage until 1953, when she was rebuilt with two 567B engines, and lost her long nose and distinctive portholes. After which she was for all intents and purposes an E-7A.
SP 6017 was finally retired in 1966, and traded-in to EMD for new diesels and scrapped.
Decals may be a problem!
see Southern Pacific E-7 Info Page for details of E-7's.
Information for this page was taken from SP Dieselization by John Bonds Garmany,
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