my ESPEE MODELERS ARCHIVE
California's Railroad to the U.S. 1861 - 1996
Southern Pacific E-9
6046 - 6054
9 units delivered
There is - for modelers - for all intents and purposes, no external differences (other than RR options) between E-8's and E-9's. The differences were mostly mechanical, stronger traction motors, more powerful engines and larger steam generators.
A model of an E-8, is therefore quite acceptable as a stand-in for the E-9.
In a final bid to rid steam from all passenger operations, SP bought nine E-9A's in 1954, this allowed the dieselization of the Coast Line, the San Joaquin passenger and mail routes, and miscellaneous other trains. These units would have operated with E-7B's and PA's as required.
Delivered in Daylight paint, with Farr-Aire intake grilles, nose MU connections Nathan M-5 chimes and freight pilots, changes over the years appear to be minimal.
Some units received plow pilots, eg. 6048, 6049, 6053, and perhaps others. All seemed to get two extra vents beside the middle doors, that look to be similar to F9 carbody louvers. As well the skirting between the fuel tank and carbody, started to disappear later in their life.
All units received red/gray paint starting late 1958.
Some of the more 'outstanding' changes are:
No E-9's were renumbered in the systemwide renumbering of 1965.
One E-9 has been preserved, and repainted into Daylight paint.
Information for this page was also contributed by Tony Thompson and Tom Jones III.
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