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California's Railroad to the U.S. 1861 - 1996
Cotton Belt GP30
18 units delivered
SSW 5006 preserved Pine Bluff Ar.
For an SP/SSW GP30, the all important rear light cluster shot from Charles Lange.
Delivered in February 1963, they were the same as the SP units, with the exception of the SSW trademark, yellow handrails, stanchions and grab irons.
They were used with SP GP30's on run through freights between California and Texas.
They remained as built until retired, except for SSW #5001, which was the 'prototype' for a rebuilding program, that was deemed uneconomical.
#5001, was partially rebuilt in 1976, and was to become GP30E 5020. The rebuild was deemed uneconomical at the time, and so the rest of the units were never rebuilt. The units lingered on for ten more years until retired/scrapped sometime after 1986.
As for the SP units, the SSW units in their later years (1985/1986) were assigned to Houston, for local work in Texas and Louisiana.
13 units were active or stored serviceable during 1986, SSW 5002 - 5005, 5007, 5009 and SP 5010 - 5013 and 5015 - 5017.
They do not appear on rosters later than 1986, so must have been scrapped around then.
see also: SP GP30 page
SSW 5006 preserved at Pine Bluff in Arkansas.
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