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Southern Pacific SD40R #7347

As an Official Sponsor for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, Southern Pacific repainted SD40R 7347 to this Olympic paint scheme. Not sure of it's use during the Games, but when they were over, it went back into the freight pool.

It was repainted back into Blood Nose paint July 1985, and was totally destroyed in a head-on collision August 1985.

#7347 was rebuilt from SD40 #8479, this was from the second order of SD40's delivered in 1968. The second order came with the 'L' shaped engineers window and handbrake on a stand mounted against the rear hood on the rear porch. For HO Scale there is/was a detail part for this, don't have my Walthers handy at the moment though... Obviously when rebuilt #7347 lost its 'L' shaped window, the evidence it had one being the long engineers window top is the same height as the next center window. Notice the long firemans window top is slightly higher than the center window next to it.

(C) Stan Rothwell


  • N Scale - Microscale 60-464
  • HO Scale - Microscale 87-464


  • Red - Your preferred brand of SP Scarlet
  • White - Your preferred brand of White
  • Blue - Conrail Blue seems to be the preferred blue


  • Railfan & Railroad Sep 1984 page 2 - color photo by Arved Grass.
  • RailModel Journal Jan 1994 page 42 - N Scale repaint.
  • Model Railroader Dec 1986 page 154 - N Scale Paint Shop article.
  • SP Motive Power Annual 1983-85 by Joe Strapac. - page 115, black and white photo
  • SP Dieselization by John Bonds Garmany - page 391 has a color photo of 7347
  • Trains Nov 1985 page 15 - color photo taken 30 minutes before it's head-on Aug 1985.

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