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Cotton Belt
GP40-2

126 delivered
56 delivered to SSW


1st Order for SP
2nd Order for SSW
Standard Paint
7628 7629
7630 7631 7632 7633 7634 7635 7636 7637 7638 7639
7640 7641 7642 7643 7644 7645 7646 7647 7648 7649
7650 7651 7652 7653 7654 7655 7656 7657
Speed Lettered
7628 7629
7630 7631 7632 7633 7634 7635 7636 7637 7638 7639
7640 7641 7642 7643 7644 7645 7646 7647 7648 7649
7650 7651 7652 7653 7654 7655 7656 7657
3rd Order for SP
4th Order for SP
5th Order for SP
6th Order for SSW
Standard Paint
7248 7249
7250 7251 7252 7253 7254 7255 7256 7257 7258 7259
7260 7261 7262 7263 7264 7265 7266 7267 7268 7269
7270 7271 7272 7273
Speed Lettered
7248 7249
7250 7251 7252 7253 7254 7255 7256 7257 7258 7259
7260 7261 7262 7263 7264 7265 7266 7267 7268 7269
7270 7271 7272 7273

no SSW GP40-2 was painted in the Kodachrome scheme


(C) 1988, 1999 Frank Keller - Cabazon, CA.

If your into nitpicky type details, I have a breakdown of the GP40 family and their relevant features. Click here if your brave.

At the moment I'll keep all the GP40-2's together, but as/if more info comes to hand, I may well split them up into number series.

As these units came in five orders, over 6 years, details vary enormously. Again, for accuracy grab as many photo's as you can, prior to starting work.


From Tom.C.Jones comes this information on the lighting packages fitted to the various orders of the GP40-2's:

  • SP 7240-7247 originally came with Oscitrol Headlights front and rear. These lights simulate the "Mars" lights. One light pointed left and the other right and flash on and off.
  • SSW 7248-7273 also had Oscitrol Headlights.
  • SP 7608-7627 and 7658-7677 all had L shaped windshield originally.
  • SSW 7628-7657 also had L shaped windshield.
  • As built 3197-3199 had L shaped windshield. 3197 was one of three Bicentenial units for SP.
  • SSW 7248-7273 were first Cotton Belt Units to have SSW stenciled on nose along with SSW and engine number stenciled on anticlimber.
  • Other SSW units just had SSW and engine number on anticlimber. And just the engine number on the nose.

References:

  • SP 1987/88 Motive Power Pictorial by Joe.W.Shine, Pages 100 - 101. Photo's.
  • SP.....into the '90's by Joe.W.Shine, Pages 174 - 177. Has more photo's of these units.
  • SP 1995 Motive Power Annual by Bill Shippen - Four Ways West Publications.
  • Southern Pacific Rails - a motive power finale by Peter Limas has a number of images and data concerning SP/SSW GP40-2's.
  • SP in Transition by Bill Shippen and Joe Shine - Four Ways West Publications.

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