my ESPEE MODELERS ARCHIVE
California's Railroad to the U.S. 1861 - 1996
Southern Pacific SD9E
4300 - 4441, 4450, 4451
144 units rebuilt
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.
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.
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.
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.
see also the SP SD9 Info page
Additional information on breaker equipped SD9's courtesy Dave Maffei.
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