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Cotton Belt GP35

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760 - 781

6501 - 6519, 6680, 6681

22 units delivered

see SSW GP35 Roster for details


760 761 762 763 764 765 766 767 768 769
770 771 772 773 774 775 776 777 778 779
780 781

1965 renumbering
6500 6501 6502 6503 6504 6505 6506 6507 6508 6509
6510 6511 6512 6513 6514 6515 6516 6517 6518 6519
6680 6681


Cotton Belt received its first order of GP35's in 1964, followup orders continued until 1965 when a total of twenty were on the roster. Numbering was continuous with the GP30's.

For reasons unknown another two were diverted from a Southern Pacific order, #7762-7763 were delivered to Cotton Belt as #780-781.

Beginning with the GP35's, Cotton Belt locos were built with the same gearing as Southern Pacific units, 62:15, as well as extended range dynamic braking. Previous Cotton Belt road units had faster gearing to take advantage of Cotton Belt's flatter track profiles.

#760-779 were all delivered in standard Blood Nose paint except that all handrails, stanchions and grabs? were painted yellow. SP's 5-light package was applied to the front only, and only #780-781 had snowplows, as these were built for SP rather than SSW.

In the 1965 renumbering, the original 20 became #6500-6519, the last exSP two became #6680-6681.


References:

  • SP Dieselization by John Bonds Garmany
  • Cotton Belt Locomotives (Book) by Joe Strapac - recently reprinted
  • 1995 Southern Pacific Motive Power Annual - by Bill Shippen
  • Southern Pacific Rails - a motive power finale by Peter Limas
  • Southern Pacific Historic Diesels Vol.13 by Joe Strapac

Additional N Scale Model Info supplied by John Barnhill

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25/11/2007