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Southern Pacific
Passenger GP9/GP9R's

see the SP GP9 Overview for Magazine/Book References and available models.

see also: Nelson Kennedy's kitbash of a HO Scale passenger GP9

Model References:

  • Prototype Modeler February 1979 pages 6 - 10 - History of SP commute service GP9's
  • Prototype Modeler February 1979 pages 11 - 23 - Modeling SP commute service GP9's
  • Model Railroader Oct. 1983, page 156 - MR Clinic on SP Passenger Geeps.

Modeling choices at the moment are:

  • For Z Scale:
    • ? :-)
  • For N Scale:
    • Arnold once made a GP7/9
    • Atlas have released a GP9 in Black Widow paint.
    • Atlas have released a Passenger GP9 aka "Torpedo Boat"
    • LifeLike made a GP18 that could be backdated,
      • and will likely make an N Scale GP9
  • For HO Scale:
    • Athearn unit has a GP7 and a 'fatso', ( but if your not fussy, it's a proven unit), that could be modified.
    • Front Range GP9's are still available from various suppliers. Trains Unlimited with Athearn compatible chassis, and Proto-Power West are two that I know of.
    • E & C Shops have released their Phase II and III GP9's - see January Model Railroader page 170.
    • A LifeLike GP18 can be backdated to a GP9 - parts from Detail Assoc. and Train Station Products are available.
    • LifeLike has released a Southern Pacific GP9 in in Blood Nose paint,
      and now announced a Cotton Belt unit in Black Widow.
    • Atlas has released their GP7, it could be reworked to a GP9.
  • For S Scale:
    • American Flyer
    • American Models perhaps a GP9
  • For O Scale:
    • Red Caboose made a GP9, and available in Black Widow.
    • Lionel in 1996 and 1998 made a GP9 in Black Widow paint.

Lionel information kindly supplied by Britt Johnson

Additional N Scale Model Info supplied by John Barnhill

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