Southern Pacific/Texas & New Orleans
delivered as SP 4816 - 4818 in 1959
3 units delivered
|SP 4816||SP 4817||SP 4818|
|T&NO 250||T&NO 251||T&NO 252|
see also SSW RSD15's
The 3 RSD15's ordered by Southern Pacific, were delivered with much fanfare. The 3 units numbered 4816 - 4818 and dynamometer car #137 appear on the cover of the 1977 SP Review, as well as in the 1980 SP Review.
Not successful in SP road service, they were tranferred to the T&NO Lines, and renumbered 250 - 252.
During the 1965 systemwide renumbering, they received 5160 - 5162.
1969 found them on the Hump at Eugene, Oregon.
Finally in 1972/73 they were rebuilt, although text hints not as extensively as other ALCO's. Renumbered 3100 - 3102, they were sent back to the Eugene Hump, this suggests to me they were downgraded to (heavy) switcher status, .
On the SP these units gained the nickname "Alligator", not hard to figure why, looking at the length of the nose in the photos...
- SP Dieselization by Garmany - Chapter 13 has photos.
- Cotton Belt Locomotives by Joe Strapac - page 204.
- SP Historic Diesels Vol.8 Alco Roadswitcher Locomotives by Joe Strapac