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Southern Pacific SD9E

4300 - 4441, 4450, 4451

144 units rebuilt


4300 4301 4302 4303 4304 4305 4306 4307 4308 4309
4310 4311 4312 4313 4314 4315 4316 4317 4318 4319
4320 4321 4322 4323 4324 4325 4326 4327 4328 4329
4330 4331 4332 4333 4334 4335 4336 4337 4338 4339
4340 4341 4342 4343 4344 4345 4346 4347 4348 4349
4350 4351 4352 4353 4354 4355 4356 4357 4358 4359
4360 4361 4362 4363 4364 4365 4366 4367 4368 4369
4370 4371 4372 4373 4374 4375 4376 4377 4378 4329
4380 4381 4382 4383 4384 4385 4386 4387 4388 4389
4390 4391 4392 4393 4394 4395 4396 4397 4398 4399
4400 4401 4402 4403 4404 4405 4406 4407 4408 4409
4410 4411 4412 4413 4414 4415 4416 4417 4418 4419
4420 4421 4422 4423 4424 4425 4426 4427 4428 4429
4430 4431 4432 4433 4434 4435 4436 4437 4438 4439
4440 4441
4450 4451
extras
4302 4304 4305 4311 4312 4313 4315 4317 4319 4320
4323 4331 4337 4362 4387 4387 4409 4438 4317 4348
4404 4424 4424 4424

11 SD9E's made it into Kodachrome paint:

see also Image Library of SD7/9 Detail Shots



Beginning in the mid 1970's, SP started to cycled the SD9's thru the Sacramento General Shops rebuilding them to gain another 10 years life - not bad considering they have only just disappeared? from the Roster...

For probably the best article on what SP did during rebuilds; see the article entitled "New Locomotives from Old: The Sacramento Locomotive Works Story" in the 1980 Southern Pacific Review by Joe Strapac.

Units rebuilt from Nov. 1970 started to get the hump/umbrella cowl behind the cab, this is a cover to protect the electrical cabinet from water ingress. The length of the cowl seems to vary, judging from various published photo's.

It would seem that only #4376-4409 had Farr Air-filters added. Apparently "most but not all" units in the #4370-4408 range received the "paper air filter" box - Source SP Historic Diesels Vol.4.

Rear numberboards got filled in, if they weren't all ready.

Light packages varied, depending what was on the unit originally, although all lost the large Mars Signal light. Some had the small square Mars? UDE light, or the small round/oval Pyle UDE light, or had a red lens installed in the top lamp of the dual Pyle signal light.

Only two retained their steam generators, 4450 and 4451.

Modifications continued throughout their lives, the square Mars UDE got changed for the round/oval Pyle light. Over time the light shows became single ended, and then all signal lights disappeared, just leaving headlights both ends.

The original dual headlight fitted to these, and other SP locos, had a glass door over both lamps. As this photo shows, and the later type, both on #4451 at South San Francisco - 3/1998.

Most of their life seems to have been spent in northern California and Oregon, except two (#4359 and 4375), that were assigned to the Englewood Hump in Houston.


Some units were fitted with snowfighting equipment.

  • Examples include:

    All rebuilt units kept their scarlet and gray to their individual end, with no SD9's apparently having received the Speed Lettering scheme...

    However, as usual there were a number of paint variations. #4412 once had a red handbrake and #4413 once sported a red handbrake and recess; this unit also looks to have one flat-top and one pan-top 36" dynamic fan.


    References:

    • Diesel Era Sep/Oct 1996, Vol 7 No.5 page 22 - EMD SD9 Part #1 - history no Espee
    • Diesel Era Nov/Dec 1996, Vol 7 No.6 page 36 - EMD SD9 Part #2 - short history of Espee units, plus black and white photo's of:
      • 4354 in scarlet/gray
      • 4331/4329 in scarlet/gray
      • 4420 in scarlet/gray
      • 4348 in scarlet/gray with icicle breakers (in color)
    • 1980 Southern Pacific Review by Joe Strapac - New Locomotives from Old: The Sacramento Locomotive Works Story.
    • SP 1987/88 Motive Power Pictorial by Joe.W.Shine, Page 104. - Photo's of these units.
    • SP.....into the '90's by Joe.W.Shine, Page 187. - more photo's.
    • Southern Pacific Historic Diesels Vol.4 SD7's and SD9's by Joe Strapac
    • SP 1995 Motive Power Annual by Bill Shippen - Four Ways West Publications.
    • SP in Transition by Bill Shippen and Joe Shine - Four Ways West Publications.
    • Southern Pacific Rails - a motive power finale by Peter Limas has a number of images and data.

    see also the SP SD9 Info page

    Additional information on breaker equipped SD9's courtesy Dave Maffei.


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