my ESPEE MODELERS ARCHIVE
California's Railroad to the U.S. 1861 - 1996
Southern Pacific SW900
10 units delivered
Delivered in 1954, they came painted in the Road-switcher version of Tiger Stripe, ie. orange safety stripes with aluminum hood/cab ends. Accessories included a large Mars barrel signal light fore and aft, auxiliary numberboards mounted in front of the single exhaust stack, mu and dropsteps and a chime horn on the front of the cab roof.
Assignments included service on the Northwestern Pacific, Oakland and Los Angeles branchlines including Pacific Electric trackage. On the Northwestern Pacific, duty included pulling a 3300 series Combine, while filling in for RDC #10 when it was modified by a logging truck, requiring a trip to Sacramento General Shops for repairs.
They received gray and scarlet paint, prior to the 1965 renumbering, and still carried all their as delivered accessories. Original roadname lettering was all on one line and carried over to the gray and scarlet scheme. Renumbered in 1965 to the 1170 series, some units lost their Mars signal lights for smaller Pyle versions.
Late 1974 saw these being cycled through Houston Shops, emerging as SW900E's.
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