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Southern Pacific SD9
delivered 1954-56 as #5340 - 5444, 5449 - 5493
150 units delivered
#5353 was renumbered #5339 in 1961 for equipment trust reasons.
see also Image Library of SD7/9 Detail Shots
Southern Pacific bought 5 orders of SD9's giving a total of 149 units, and the largest roster of SD9's on any Railroad. Evidently every SD9 had either a steam generator, or the ability to control a steam generator.
According to the Feb. 1990 Mainline Modeler article listed below; 5340 - 5371 were Phase I and 5372 - 5493 were Phase II units.
SP's first order of 32 SD9's was delivered in 1954, classed DF-120 and numbered 5340-5371. These were the only SD9's delivered with the large Mars Signal light both ends, later series had the smaller Pyle National signal light, they also had steam gens. Initially service district would appear to be Oregon.
The second order 5372 - 5386 classed DF-121, were fitted with steam gens. and ATS (automatic train stop) so were assigned to Roseville. Not sure what signal lights these came with.
5387 - 5444 arrived next, classed DF-122, and came without steam gens. these also had the full light show both ends, and with a small square Mars? UDE light.these were assigned to Beaumont Hill.
DF-124 numbered 5449 - 5463 came with dual fuel systems and steam gens. In practice this meant three tanks:
These were anecdotally known as 'Mud Burners' for the heavy fuel oil they burnt.
The steam gens were removed from these between 1958-60, and the water/fuel tanks converted to hold 600 gallons diesel fuel and 1800 gallons heavy fuel oil.
By 1973 the dual fuel feature had been removed, and the tanks converted to 2400 gallons of diesel fuel.
5464 - 5493 were the last to arrive, classed DF-125. Some at least had steam gens. and the dual fuel feature. The Nov. 1989 Mainline Modeler has a photo of 5465 with 3 tanks... these also had the full light show both ends, and with a small square Mars? UDE light. Assigned to Tehachapi, they were likely ballasted heavier to aid in tractive effort.
All were delivered in 4 color Black Widow paint, some repaints prior to the introduction of scarlet and gray, had a Black Widow paint scheme without the orange wings, 5459 as an example.
During the 1965 system-wide renumbering, all SD9's were renumbered starting at 3800, and continuing sequentially on all active units. Some got wrecked prior to 1965, and some were wrecked before getting their new number.
Starting around August 1970, the oldest and/or most weary SD9's were rebuilt as SD9E's.
SP SD9E, To get one of these models, you have a choice of:
As a person who likes to build models, and is into painting and decaling, my preference is the Rail Power Products Shell and chassis kit.
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