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Southern Pacific SD44R
Externally, this unit is identical to an SD45R, internally it is/was one of a kind, having an EMD V-16 645, rated at 3000hp. It has since been confirmed that this unit was fitted with a V-16 engine, which agrees with Garmany, who states (in SP Dieselization) that it received a new V-16 3000hp for evaluation.
The evaluation was not considered to be a success; likely the expense of reworking the frame to take the smaller engine, as the SD45R program went a different direction, they kept their V-20's derated to 3200hp.
This unit has led an interesting life re. paint schemes, being the only other EMD six axle unit to appear in Daylight colors, ( SD40R 7342 being the other unit). 7399 also made it into the Kodachrome scheme.
7399 was released in Nov 1981, painted in yet another variation on the Daylight theme.
This was closer to the Daylight paint we all know. SP Scarlet and Daylight Orange long hood, with a black roof, trucks, fuel tank, pilots and plows.
The entire nose was painted all red, including the top, the sides and the front.
Lettering on both sides was white and was all in one line, rather than 7342's stacked lettering.
see also the SP SD45R Info page for References.
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