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General Electric 44-Tonner


Some units represented more than once
Southern Pacific
1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905
Pacific Electric
1650 1651 1652 1653 1654
Petaluma and Santa Rosa
1 2 3 4
SPMW
#206#550
Pacific Fruit Express #1Texas & New Orleans #17

various 44 tonners at Benicia, CA in 1969 - (C) Bob Dengler

© Bob Dengler - various 44 tonners at Benicia, CA in 1969.


SP evidently owned a total of 14 GE 44-tonners, both directly and through its subsidiary Companies. Having studied the SP Motive Power Review of 1971, I can finally account for all 14. The elusive one, was one owned by Pacific Fruit Express, itself owned at the time by both SP and UP.

Some of them led rather full lives, being transferred back and forth between SP and its subsidiary's.

These units comprised various Phases, from Ic to IVa, though these are Extra 2200 South designations, and not official GE nomenclature.

Over the years these units were owned/lettered for several owners/operators at various times. The above numbers account for all 14 units, but some units are represented more than once.

In steam days, it was traditional to assign a permanent loco as shop goat, or switcher. SP considered it's shop goats as part of the Maintenance of Way inventory. So prefixed the number with MW.


Paint Schemes:

Southern Pacific 1900 - 1902 were the only new units to get Southern Pacific Lines lettering, delivered in Oregon, they were transferred to California, but spent most of their time in the north of the State.

All Pacific Electric units were equipped with roof platforms carrying trolley poles, to trip the grade crossing signals.

There is some conjecture that early Pacific Electric units may have been painted PE Red, see RMC article for this. In the 1950's the PE units wore the Orange Tiger Stripe scheme, with Pacific Electric lettering in orange, and were fitted with auxiliary numberboards.

The Texas & New Orleans #17 (ex P.E. #1654) ended up being sold in the black with solid orange scheme.

The Visalia Electric units wore the Orange Tiger Stripe paint with Visalia Electric lettering on the cab in orange. The #501 became SP #1903 then Petaluma & Santa Rosa #4, returned to SP in 1964, never repainted and scrapped in 1966. #501 also spent time on the Central California Traction, and the San Diego & Arizona Eastern.

#502 was the last 44 tonner on the System, and may have been painted Gray and Scarlet at some time.

The SP units wore the current paint scheme when delivered, they also appeared in the orange Tiger Stripe scheme, the solid orange and black scheme, and units still on Roster by 1960 into grey and scarlet paint.

Petaluma & Santa Rosa paint info courtesy Mike Manson:

  • Number 1 does not appear to have been painted in anything other than tiger-stripes during its career on the SP system (source: various photos, including 1962-dated photo of 1904 on the web and a post-SP undated photo on the web).

  • Number 2 was factory painted in red body, light gray upper sides and roofs of center cab and hoods, yellow hood end stripes and black trim stripes between the red paint and other colors. http://gold.mylargescale.com/Scottychaos/SW1/ has a colorized photo of another LV switcher in this "pre-war" color scheme. The EP&RG repainted the light gray to "cream" (off-white) to cover the LV road name and number. Their unit number "10" was pained in white on the cream-colored upper hood ends to the right of the headlights. The P&SR retained this modified color scheme, including the "10" (source: 1946-dated color photo and 1948-dated black and white photos in archives). "P&SR" and "2" were painted in yellow on the red cab sides below the cab windows, and "2" was painted in yellow in the red triangular area below the headlights. The locomotive was repainted into the Halloween scheme, probably when it became SP 1905 (source: 1958-dated photo of 1905 in NWP RR Historical Society archives). It later received the Bloody Nose colors (source: various undated photos).

  • I have not seen photos of Number 3 before its arrival on the P&SR in 1958

  • Number 4 was in tiger stripes as VE 501 when it was loaned to the P&SR in the summer of 1946 (source: probable 1946-dated photo in archives; the catenary visible in the photo were removed in early 1947). Its twin sister VE 502 was still in tiger stripes when it was retired in 1973 and donated to the Western Railway Museum (Rio Vista Junction, CA). It arrived on the P&SR in 1958.

  • Numbers 3 and 4 were painted in the Halloween scheme as P&SR 3 and 4 (source: 1959-dated photograph in archives) and retained those colors until at least 1960 (source: 1960-dated photo in archives). Later they both were painted in the Bloody Nose scheme (source: 1961-dated photo in archives).

References:

  • SP Dieselization by John Bonds Garmany - Chapter 9, Post-war switchers.
  • Model Railroader Sep. 1978, Page 80 - GE 44-ton Plans.
  • Extra 2200 South Issue 54, Oct/Nov/Dec 1975 - SP Roster Part I.
  • Extra 2200 South Issue 56, Apr/May/Jun 1976 - SP Roster Part III.
  • Extra 2200 South Issue 60, Apr/May/Jun 1977 - SP Roster Part VII.
  • Extra 2200 South Issue 51, Mar/Apr 1975 - GE 44-Tonner Study Part I.
  • Extra 2200 South Issue 52, May/Jun 1975 - GE 44-Tonners Part II.
  • Southern Pacific Motive Power Annual 1971 by Joe Strapac - GE The Pioneer Builder.

Additional information above supplied by Bruce Conklin, Bryon Morgan and Mike Manson.

General Electric 44-Tonner Roster

To be added to as information comes to hand.
Units listed by delivery date.


BuiltAsBuilders No.PhaseMUBought by Re #TradedRe #NotesRetired
2/42 LeHigh Valley #61 then Rio Grande & Eagle Pass #10#15034IcNoPetaluma & Santa Rosa in 1946#2to SP 1958#1905swapped for an MU unit, painted Blood Nose 1960see below in P&SR Roster for disposition details
8/42SP 1900#15114IcNoNew----1/64 to Purdy Metals 5/64 resold.
8/42SP 1901#15115IcNoNew----8/61 to Arcata Mad River 2/62 - scrapped.
8/42SP 1902#15116IcNoNew----10/60 to South San Francisco Scrap, - scrapped 1962.
6/43Pacific Electric 1650#17921IIaNoNew-Leased to T&NO 3/58SPMW 593renumbered to MW5864 in 1962, renumbered MW550 and served as Houston Shops shop goat until late 1963. 6/43 - ex PE #1650, sold 1963, to Texas Construction Materials [#509] owned until sold to Proler Steel, Houston, TX in 1970. It was scrapped [often the fate of old units owned by steel companies] sometime prior to 1990.
6/43Pacific Electric 1651#17926IIaNoNew-Leased to SP 1954 - 1965--6/43 - ex PE #1651, reported scrapped in 1965.
8/43San Francisco & Napa Valley #50#17928IIaYesSP 10/56SPMW 206to Petaluma & Santa Rosa in 1958#3shop goat at West Oakland Shops 1956 to 1958. back to SP in 1964 as Sacramento shop goat for a short while.1965 - lettered "Navy Freight Yard" probably Mare Island. sold for scrap to Associated Metals, Benicia, Ca. possibly used until 1970 then scrapped.
10/44Pacific Electric 1652#18181IIINoNew-leased to the SP from 1954 - 1965--1966 - retired and scrapped at Assoc Metals.
10/44Pacific Electric 1653#18182IIINoNew----8/64 - ex PE #1653, to Purdy Metals 11/64, reported scrapped by Purdy.
10/44Pacific Electric 1654#18183IIINoNew-Leased to T&NO 11/58#17-12/1960 - ex PE #1654, was lettered Moscow, Camden & San Augustine RR #17, a Texas shortline owned by WT Carter & Bros. Lumber Co, who bought it in 12/1960. In the early 1970's, it was reported at Southern Scrap, a large and still operating dealer in New Orleans, lettered SSM [the report could also have applied to b/n 17921]. Although it was reported scrapped [what Southern does when they've worn out a unit], it was sold to Silcott and then in 1973 to Transco, Logansport, IN. It may still be there.
8/45Visalia Electric 501#27817IVYesNew-to SP in 1950as #1903 swapped to P&SR in 1958 as #4 for non-MU see below in P&SR Roster for disposition details
8/45Visalia Electric 502#27818IVYesNew----Donated to Bay Area Electric Railroad Museum in 1973.
8/50Pine Flat Dam Contractors#30465IVbNoPacific Fruit Express in 1953.#1--was likely the only postwar unit to wear both SP and UP Heralds.ex Pine Flat Dam Contractors, Piedra, Ca. became #2851 as part of the Guy F. Atkinson system, sold 1966 to Federal Iron and Metal Co., sold 1967 to Crosse Equipment Co., sold 1971 to International Chemical & Mineral, San Jose, CA. Prior to 1987, it was Stockton Terminal & Eastern #569. Prior to 1992, it was rebuilt as Turlock Western #26, a California shortline.

Petaluma & Santa Rosa Roster
BuiltP & SR # Builders No.PhaseMUBought by Re #TradedRe #NotesRetired
12/46Petaluma & Santa Rosa #1#28338IVaNoNew-to SP in 1958as #1904- Retired 1962. Sold to Pacific States Steel. ex P&SR #1, sold by Pacific States later in 1962 to Howard Terminal RR #7. In 1974, became Pacific Terminal RR #9, Long Beach, CA. Sold in 1975 to Purdy Metals, Mojave, Ca. through dealer The Lerner Co.. In 1982, it was reported still at Purdy's Mojave facility, and later at Spreckels Sugar as #9, Mendota, CA. It was there in 1992.
2/42Petaluma & Santa Rosa #2 (1946)#15034IcNo ex LeHigh Valley #61 then Rio Grande & Eagle Pass #10-to SP 1958as #1905swapped for an MU unit, painted Blood Nose 1960Retired 1964 - sold for scrap to Purdy Metals, Oakland, Ca. but was apparently used by Purdy as a yard switcher for some time beyond 1964. In 1968, it was reported at A. D. Schrader Construction, W. Oakland, CA, but was believed to have been scrapped shortly thereafter.
8/43Petaluma & Santa Rosa #3 (1958)#17928IIaYesex SPMW206-ex San Francisco & Napa Valley #50-shop goat at West Oakland Shops 1956 to 1958. back to SP in 1964 as Sacramento shop goat for a short while.Retired 1965 - scrapped at Associated Metals, Benicia, Ca. in 1970
8/45Petaluma & Santa Rosa #4 (1958)#27817IVaYesex SP #1903ex Visalia Electric 501to SP in 1950#1903 swapped to P&SR in 1958 as #4 for non-MU Retired 12/1966 - sold for scrap to Associated Metals, Benicia, Ca. reported scrapped by Associated Metals in 1970.

Phase designations as per X2200 South who invented these things and details thereof:

  • Phase Ic
    • Side ladders at each end - no GE 44 tonner had stepwells
    • Front sandfills
    • Hood side radiator shutters
    • Butt hinges on hood doors
    • Buttonhole intakes/vents on hood sides
    • No hood top hatches
    • Large low generator vents
    • Round headlights
    • Hood doors open towards the ends
  • Phase IIa
    • Side ladders at each end - no GE 44 tonner had stepwells
    • Hood end radiator shutters
    • Small side sandfills
    • Hood doors open towards the cab
    • Butt hinges on hood doors
    • Small high generator vents
    • Short hood top hatches
    • No buttonhole intakes/vents, just one small square vent above the first hood door at each end
    • Round headlights
  • Phase III
    • Side ladders at each end - no GE 44 tonner had stepwells
    • Large side sandfills
    • Some hood doors have center hinges
    • Flat hinges on hood doors
    • Small low generator vents
    • Round headlights
    • Short hood top hatches
    • Slightly larger square intake/vents above the first hood door at each end
    • Larger access doors in frame skirting
    • larger cabside trim gussets
    • Spotwelded cab
  • Phase IVa
    • Side ladders at each end - no GE 44 tonner had stepwells
    • Large side sandfills
    • Some hood doors have center hinges
    • Flat hinges on hood doors
    • Small low generator vents
    • Round headlights
    • Short hood top hatches and top air intake lengthened
    • Long rectangular intake/vents above the first hood door at each end
    • Larger access doors in frame skirting
    • larger cabside trim gussets
  • Phase IVb
    • Side ladders at each end - no GE 44 tonner had stepwells
    • Large side sandfills
    • Some hood doors have center hinges
    • Flat hinges on hood doors
    • Small low generator vents
    • Round headlights
    • Short hood top hatches and top air intake lengthened
    • Long rectangular intake/vents above the first hood door at each end
    • Larger access doors in frame skirting
    • larger cabside trim gussets
    • engine increased from 380hp to 400hp

References:

  • SP Dieselization by John Bonds Garmany - Chapter 9, Post-war switchers.
  • Extra 2200 South Issue 51, Mar/Apr 1975 - GE 44-Tonner Study Part I.
  • Extra 2200 South Issue 52, May/Jun 1975 - GE 44-Tonners Part II.
  • Extra 2200 South Issue 54, Oct/Nov/Dec 1975 - SP Roster Part I.
  • Extra 2200 South Issue 56, Apr/May/Jun 1976 - SP Roster Part III.
  • Extra 2200 South Issue 60, Apr/May/Jun 1977 - SP Roster Part VII.
  • Southern Pacific Motive Power Annual 1971 by Joe Strapac - GE The Pioneer Builder.
  • Southern Pacific Diesel Locomotive Compendium Vol.1 by Joe Strapac

Additional Disposition and other information courtesy Bob Cleary and Rob Simpson.


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