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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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:iconbrooklyn47:
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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:iconeyepilot13:
eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally agree!
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UnionPacificGP39-2 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
I wish I could have been around when SP ran around where I live.
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:iconeyepilot13:
eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I sure miss them!
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UnionPacificGP39-2 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
I occasionally see a patched AC4400W, but its nothing to the real thing. One of my favorite toys in MSTS is my set of SP SD40-2Ts I found on trainsim.com
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice!!!!!
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TomRedlion Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The red Gyralite/Mars light I understand. But the second pair of headlights that the SP insisted were needed remains a mystery to me.
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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!
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SwiftWindSpirit Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Professional Writer
Forever to be captured.. But never to be repeated :(
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
YES! I know, that so sucks so much it makes me want to eat my hand raw! (but I won't, metaphorical pain!)
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SwiftWindSpirit Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional Writer
Just add a lime and some salt and you'll be ok :p
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:iconeyepilot13:
eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yuuummm!
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SwiftWindSpirit Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional Writer
Bon Appetite (weirdo) :p
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:iconeyepilot13:
eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You guessed it..."weirdoo"! :D
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Wordworker Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Professional Writer
Interesting shot!
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:iconeyepilot13:
eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks...It sure is!
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EternalFlame1891 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
Hell yeah!! Awesome!!
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:iconeyepilot13:
eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks man!
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EternalFlame1891 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
Welcome!
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justcallmesly Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
I was born wtebty years later than i was should have been
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:iconeyepilot13:
eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's how I missed out on F unit led freights and steam!
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Starfox2o12 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
I miss that old signal bridge
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:iconeyepilot13:
eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too!
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l3rotherwolf Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
how can you tell a tunnel loco from one that isn't? any good pics to do a side by side comparison?
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UnionPacificGP39-2 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
They have a big open screen on the sides in the rear close to the deck.
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sending you a link to Wikipedia that shows Tunnel Motors, click on the picture and you can see the profile and how the radiator intakes at the rear are different from a regular SD40/45 [link] This article I think explains it really well.
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l3rotherwolf Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
so basically the intakes for the radiator are close to deck level?
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:iconeyepilot13:
eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, to suck in the fresher/cooler air near the bottom of the tunnel.
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Tractor-Drawn-Aerial Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I think of SP, a locomotive like this is always first in mind.
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:iconeyepilot13:
eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
And so it is, I'm in total agreement!
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SpasiantasticalMan Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
are those panel tracks to the left?
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:iconeyepilot13:
eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, they were replacing some of the tracks in the switching infrastructure leading into Cicero Yard. Very observant!
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SpasiantasticalMan Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
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?
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL!I'd say between 5-10 feet. Next time I see some I'll get a shot, or I might have some in the archives to scan in.
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SpasiantasticalMan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
yeaa I just wanted to compare them to the narrow gauge panel track that I've worked with before :)
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Makes sense.
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CharukuNova Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice i love the line up of engines. ^^
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Isn't it a cool lash-up! Thanks!
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CharukuNova Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
any time.
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