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Southern Pacific
RSD5

63 units delivered

36 units to SP


SP as delv'd
5294 5295 5296 5297 5298 5299
5300 5301 5302 5303 5304 5305 5306 5307
5336 5337 5338 5339
5445 5446 5447 5448
5494 5495 5496 5497 5498 5499
5500 5501 5502 5503 5504 5505 5506 5507

SP 1965
2871 2872 2873 2874 2875 2876 2877 2878 2879
2880 2881 2882 2883 2884 2885
extras
2878 2878 2878


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.

  • the following units were setup long hood forward:
    • SP #5294 - 5307, 5336 - 5339
  • the following units were setup short hood forward:
    • SP #5445 - 5507 later #2871 - 2885

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


Prototype References:

  • SP Motive Power Annual 1966-67 - has a photo of 5505 in 1964.
  • SP Motive Power Annual 1967-68 - has a photo of T&NO 155 in Road Switcher paint.
  • SP Motive Power Annual 1967-68 - Twenty Eight Years of ALCo Diesels mentions RSD5's.
  • SP Motive Power Annual 1968-69 - has a photo of 2878 in Black Widow.
  • SP Motive Power Annual 1970 - has a photo of (ex T&NO 169) 2870 probably in Blood Nose.
  • SP Motive Power Review 1978-79 - Article on Dieselization of the T&NO - covers RSD5's in text and Blood Nose photo's.
  • SP Dieselization by Garmany - Chapter 13 has photos.
  • Diesel Era Mar/Apr 1998 Vol.9 No.2 - ALCo's RSD4/5's, pages 11-26, 54 - 59.
  • SP Historic Diesels Vol.8 Alco Roadswitcher Locomotives by Joe Strapac

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