Monday, April 14, 2008

NW-2. What a History!

Union Pacific 1000, Argo Yard, Seattle, December 13, 1959. Check out the "stove pipes" of this NW2! One of the identifying points, in a addition to the rounded cab windows and unique headlight.

Most of UP’s goats had "Route of the Streamliners" on the cab. Then these signs started showing up - probably the brainchild of someone up at corporate! How does a yard crew "practice" perfect shipping?

Union Pacific owned 95 of a total of 1,143 these 1,000 hp yard gophers, produced from 1939 through 1949, although WWII suspended production from 1942 to 1945.

“N” standing for “Nine hundred horsepower,” and “W” standing for “Welded frame.”

Railroad Stuff: Found this information on the UP 1000 on the UP 1000 was built as Electro Motive Corp. NW2 demonstrator 889; built October 1939, serial number 889, for demonstration service on UP; sold to UP March 1940.

UP 1000 was sold to Stockton Terminal & Eastern Railroad 1000, Stockton, California, in July 1966; sold to WP in October 1968, rebuilt and placed in service as WP 607 in June 1969; sold to Sacramento Northern 607 in May 1973; assigned UP 1886 after December 1982 UP/WP merger but never carried that number.

Retired again in September 1983 and donated to tourist operation Wasatch Mountain Railway, Heber, Utah in May 1984, delivered in early August 1984; repainted back to original UP black switcher paint scheme; sold to Nevada State Railroad Museum in February 1993, moved to Boulder, Nevada in 1994; repainted and re-lettered to Boulder City Southern; re-lettered to Nevada Southern.

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