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Southern Pacific
GP40-2

124 delivered
68 delivered to SP


1st Order for SP
Standard Paint
7608 7609
7610 7611 7612 7613 7614 7615 7616 7617 7618 7619
7620 7621 7622 7623 7624 7625 7626 7627
Speed Lettered Paint
7608 7609
7610 7611 7612 7613 7614 7615 7616 7617 7618 7619
7620 7621 7622 7623 7624 7625 7626 7627
3rd Order for SP
Standard Paint
7658 7659
7660 7661 7662 7663 7664 7665 7666 7667 7668 7669
7670 7671 7672 7673 7674 7675 7676 7677
Speed Lettered Paint
7658 7659
7660 7661 7662 7663 7664 7665 7666 7667 7668 7669
7670 7671 7672 7673 7674 7675 7676 7677
4th Order for SP
Standard Paint
7940 7941 7942 7943 7944 7945 7946 7947 7948 7949
7950 7951 7952 7953 7954 7955 7956 7957 7958 7959
Speed Lettered Paint
7940 7941 7942 7943 7944 7945 7946 7947 7948 7949
7950 7951 7952 7953 7954 7955 7956 7957 7958 7959
5th Order for SP
Standard Paint
7240 7241 7242 7243 7244 7245 7246 7247 0000 0000
Speed Lettered Paint
7240 7241 7242 7243 7244 7245 7246 7247 0000 0000
GP40-2 stepwell detail

At least two Speed Lettered units had a slanted SP on the nose
#7624 #7624 #7624 #7644 #7644

only 1 GP40-2 was painted in the Kodachrome scheme: 7672



If your into nitpicky type details, I have a breakdown of the GP40 family and their relevant features. Click here if your brave.

At the moment I'll keep all the GP40-2's together, but as/if more info comes to hand, I may well split them up into number series.

As these units came in five orders, over 6 years, details vary enormously. Again, for accuracy grab as many photo's as you can, prior to starting work.

The second and sixth orders went to Cotton Belt (SSW)


From Tom.C.Jones comes this information on the lighting packages fitted to the various orders of the GP40-2's:

  • SP 7240-7247 originally came with Oscitrol Headlights front and rear. These lights simulate the "Mars" lights. One light pointed left and the other right and flash on and off.
  • SSW 7248-7273 also had Oscitrol Headlights.
  • SP 7608-7627 and 7658-7677 all had L shaped windshield originally.
  • SSW 7628-7657 also had L shaped windshield.
  • As built 3197-3199 had L shaped windshield. 3197 was one of three Bicentenial units for SP.
  • SSW 7248-7273 were first Cotton Belt Units to have SSW stenciled on nose along with SSW and engine number stenciled on anticlimber.
  • Other SSW units just had SSW and engine number on anticlimber. And just the engine number on the nose.

Models available:

References:

  • No Plans appear to have been Published for the GP40-2.
  • Railroad Model Craftsman Nov. '90 Page 60 - Kitbashing article for a 2nd Order and 5th Order units.
  • Mainline Modeler, Apr. '94, Page 68 - Kitbashing article for a 3rd Order unit.
  • SP 1987/88 Motive Power Pictorial by Joe.W.Shine, Pages 100 - 101. Photo's.
  • SP.....into the '90's by Joe.W.Shine, Pages 174 - 177. Has more photo's of these units.
  • SP 1995 Motive Power Annual by Bill Shippen - Four Ways West Publications.
  • Southern Pacific Rails - a motive power finale by Peter Limas has a number of images and data concerning SP/SSW GP40-2's.
  • SP in Transition by Bill Shippen and Joe Shine - Four Ways West Publications.

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13/4/2008