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California's Railroad to the U.S. 1861 - 1996
Southern Pacific ALCo C-415
SP 2400 - 2409
10 units delivered
Delivered by December 1966, and assigned to the Los Angeles Division; SP was one of only a handful of owners of these 'interesting' units.
The C-415 came in three cab heights, and SP opted for the tallest - some 18" taller than the standard cab height.
Most spent their time on transfer freights between Taylor yard and City of Industry yard. One was tried as the Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal switcher, only to find out the tall cabs would not fit under the platform canopy's...
Due to the unreliability of the ALCo 251 engine, they ended up running in pairs, hoping at least one unit would keep running to move the train.
Eventually they were assigned to Taylor yard as yard switchers, until they finally quit. Starting in 1977 they found themselves assigned to the Taylor yard dead-line.
One unit, #2401, suffered an engine failure and was returned to ALCo in August 1967. While back at ALCo, it was severely modified to correct some very major mistakes, errors and deficiency's. The cab was rearranged to provide much more room, and some electrical equipment moved to the engine compartment. Externally, the #2401 had a rearranged stack, front hood and more steps up to the cab.
Should the reliability have improved, the others would have been modified similarly - however, this was not the case, and #2401 remained subtley different to the rest of them.
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