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Southern Pacific SW1500
240 delivered between 1967 and 1973
204 to Southern Pacific
The SW1500's came in 12 orders, with deliveries starting in 1967 through to 1973. Of those 12 orders, 3 went to Cotton Belt. With this long a production time, there were detail differences in types of headlights fitted, and the early models came with sheet metal 'gussets' between the stepwell and the bottom of the walkway.
All were delivered in scarlet and gray paint, and stayed that way until 1985, when two were painted into the SPSF Merger scheme using two different variations. 2539 had a yellow cab, 2575 had a red cab. However end road number placement varied over the years, some not even having the small versions at either end. Some went that long between repaints, that the Scotchlite wore off, revealing the red primer, hence the red lettered units; 2466 being one. The introduction of Speed Lettering after the buyout by DRGW saw a few painted that way. See the B-List for Speed Lettered SW1500's.
One notable early retirement was 2451, wrecked in Tucson in 1978.
In service modifications seem to be few initially, limited to the pilot being cut back to accomodate an AAR type pin lifter, and the removal of the full length grab iron and/or the pilot steps and/or the MU hose boxes, photo's show a few variations.
Later modifications included the removal of the marker lights and signal lights, with varying degrees bodywork done. Some had the openings plated over, others were left with holes...
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