my ESPEE MODELERS ARCHIVE
California's Railroad to the U.S. 1861 - 1996
Southern Pacific SD45
356 units delivered
317 units to SP
see the SP/SSW SD45 photos for more/extra images
SP started to receive SD45's in late 1966, 8800 - 8844, these first order units were delivered with one small snowplow on the front and SP's trademark signal lights. The handbrake was in the nose.
SP second order 8845 - 8893 and third order SD45's 8894 - 8934, arrived with L shaped engineers windows, larger snowplows (some with plows both ends) and fuel fillers both ends of the fuel tank; which resulted in the air reservoirs being moved forward.
As well EMD changed the handbrake position from a left front short hood lever, to the right rear long hood brake wheel. These second order units look to be the first with the rear handbrake.
Third order 8935 - 8963 units evidently came with all the previous options, plus snowplows both ends as witness SD45 #8950.
Fourth order 8982 - 9051 units evidently came with all previous options, plus these units started the change to two equipment access doors under the cab, another SP trademark, and an external radiator sight glass.
9069 - 9151, the 5th and 6th order SP SD45's appear to be the same as the previous 4th order units.
One interesting modification to SP SD45's, was the fitting sheet metal 'shrouds', to 12 SD45's, to test the 'Tunnel Motor Radiator' theory.
another variation was the fitting of Farr snow shields and exhaust fins on 8818 as shown at the top of the page.
Additional information supplied by Bruce Conklin.
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