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SP LV, 8-20-92 by eyepilot13 SP LV, 8-20-92 by eyepilot13
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.
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Brooklyn47 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This to me is what I love to see! A Southern Pacific unit leading the way :)
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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! 
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Brooklyn47 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I really like this photo! Yup..it's always nice to see a beautiful unit that has the full light package!
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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!
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Brooklyn47 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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. 
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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!
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Brooklyn47 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yup. I am glad SP was the last railroad to hold on to that cool light package. I wish I could see those lights again instead of seeing ditch lights all the time...
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too! 
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staall0043 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
RIP Espee, you will be missed.
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally agree!
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