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Cotton Belt GP20
delivered as SSW 800 - 819 in 1960-62
20 units delivered
The Cotton Belt GP20's arrived between late 1960 and early 1962. The twenty SSW EMD FT units were used as trade-ins.
The first ten units had 48" flared radiator fans, the last ten received 48" cap top radiator fans. SSW seemed to prefer the 'fire-cracker' type radio antenna and horns mounted on the engineer's side of the cab roof. Although #4034 shown above in 1974, looks to have a 'whip' type antenna.
Arriving in scarlet and gray paint, they had the SSW trademark, yellow handrails, stanchions and grab irons.
According to "Cotton Belt Locomotives", #4039 was once repainted in a much lighter (L&N) type gray, and #4045 once had stacked roadname lettering, instead of the 'all in one line' lettering.
As well, according to "Cotton Belt Locomotives", they also had their signal lights arranged differently. As the physical characteristics are the same, I can only conclude that, the headlight and oscillating signal light positions were reversed from SP practice.
Starting in 1974, the remaining Cotton Belt GP20's were cycled through a Sacramento rebuild program to become GP20E's.
see also: SP GP20's
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