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California's Railroad to the U.S. 1861 - 1996
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Southern Pacific's RSD5's, came in two varieties; branchline/switcher and road/helper service.
Road/helper units were setup short hood forward, switchers long hood forward.
In 1960, 21 RSD5's were traded back to ALCo to be rebuilt into RSD12's, (or DL-702) only the trucks and miscellaneous equipment was reused. SP #5294 - 5307, 5336 - 5339, 5445 - 5447 were the units involved. Originally delivered with ALCo's 244 engine, (as were all RSD5's), these came back with the then new 251 engine.
The remaining 15 SP units #5448, 5494 - 5507 were leased to the Texas & New Orleans without being renumbered.
In the 1965 renumbering the road/helper units became #2871 - 2885
With 63 units built over a 3 year period, in at least 7 orders, to 2 or 3 owners, (depending how you want to classify T&NO), there are bound to be a lot of differences, in appliances (light packages) fitted, and paint schemes as delivered. As well, some units lasted over 20 years before retirement, so would have lived through a lot of changes, regarding appliances and paint schemes.
A photo is going to be a must, if you want to get it right.
see also: SSW RSD5's
see also: TNO RSD5's
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