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Cotton Belt GP7

1 unit delivered

This unit was purchased by Cotton Belt in 1950, numbered SSW 320, had a steam generator for backup passenger duties, but no dynamic brakes.

Originally painted in Daylight colors with yellow handrails, stanchions and grab irons and lettered St.L.S-W. (ST. LOUIS SOUTHWESTERN).

In 1952 it was renumbered to 304, still lettered St.L.S-W.

Cotton Belt lettering came in 1955-56.

Sometime between 1955 and 1959 it received the Cotton Belt's variation of Black Widow paint.

In 1959-60 the steam generator was removed after the cessation of passenger trains on the Cotton Belt.

By 1968 it was in standard scarlet and grey (Blood(y) Nose) paint still numbered 304.


  • SP Motive power Annual 1968-69 - has a black and white photo of 304 in Daylight paint.
  • SP Motive power Annual 1970 - has a photo of 304 in Blood Nose.
  • SP Motive power Annual 1971 - has a photo of 304 in Blood Nose.
  • SP Motive power Annual 1972 - has a photo of 304 in Blood Nose.
  • SP Motive power Annual 1973 - has a photo of 304 in SSW Black Widow paint dated 1962.
  • SP Dieselization by John Bonds Garmany - has photo's of the SSW GP7.
  • Cotton Belt Locomotives by Joe Strapac, Chapter 13. - page 160 has two black and white photo's of 304 in Daylight paint.

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