8/20/92: Espee trackage rights on the Racetrack at LaVergne. SP SD40R built in 5/68 (note the trad. SP light package! Nice!!) leads a DRGW SD45 (5330 built 4/68, rebuilt 4/95 to CPRail SD40M-2 5496), a tunnel motor and a BN SD40-2 on a freight.
This to me is what I love to see! A Southern Pacific unit leading the way
I think this is one of my fav shots of all time! And the SP still has the full light package...Headlight, Pyle oscillating light and Mars light!
I really like this photo! Yup..it's always nice to see a beautiful unit that has the full light package!
It was really cool to see these at night! Once on the BN (before it was BNSF) an SP run-through came at night and I couldn't figure out why one headlight was blinking above the other! Then I saw the Gyro-light and it was so cool...better than boring ditch-lights!
I wish I could have seen an SP unit like that at night. I have seen some units at night that have the Gyro lights, and those look a lot cooler than bland ditch lights! The first time I saw an unit with a gyro light, I thought I was seeing things until the unit got close to me.
It's hard to believe all the railroads who had them, I know offhand CB&Q and IC did...SP was the last to give up that package. So much cooler than ditch lights that's for sure!
RIP Espee, you will be missed.
I wish I could have been around when SP ran around where I live.
I sure miss them!
The red Gyralite/Mars light I understand. But the second pair of headlights that the SP insisted were needed remains a mystery to me.
They sure looked cool, especially at night... A lot of RRs seemed to have something similar back in the day...CB&Q and IC in particular. SP kept there's much longer and I was sad to see them go!
Forever to be captured.. But never to be repeated
YES! I know, that so sucks so much it makes me want to eat my hand raw! (but I won't, metaphorical pain!)
Hell yeah!! Awesome!!
I was born wtebty years later than i was should have been
I miss that old signal bridge
how can you tell a tunnel loco from one that isn't? any good pics to do a side by side comparison?
They have a big open screen on the sides in the rear close to the deck.
When I think of SP, a locomotive like this is always first in mind.
are those panel tracks to the left?
Yes, they were replacing some of the tracks in the switching infrastructure leading into Cicero Yard. Very observant!
haHA! (that expression doesn't write out half as good as it sounded in my head/out loud) how long are the panels out of curiosity?
Very nice i love the line up of engines. ^^