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360 by 360 degree image of the inside of the Southern Pacific 5623 GP9 Cab.

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Built in April, 1955, this GP9 and its three non-dynamic brake dual control sisters were purchased from EMD and used primarily on SP's Del Monte which ran between San Francisco and Monterey (Pacific Grove). This type of locomotive became known as a "Torpedo Boat" because of the air tanks mounted on the roof. This modification to the standard GP9 allowed for 1100 gallons of diesel fuel and 1200 gallons of steam boiler water in the tanks under the frame. There is a steam generator located in the nose of the unit which was used to provide steam heat and cool passenger cars. All told, SP had 11 passenger GP9's, 7 of which were the conventional body style with dynamic brakes. They were all used on various passenger trains and in the commute fleet between San Francisco and San Jose. In 1965 the 5623 was renumbered 3005 and then upon rebuilding in 1977, it was changed again to 3189. After the State of California took over the commute operation in early 1985, the 3189 was assigned to freight service.

In early 1991, the 3189 was retired because of a main generator failure and was sold to LMC Recyclers for scrap in late 1992. With the cooperation of LMC, two Pacific Locomotive Association members purchased the locomotive in order to preserve it and operate it in conjunction with PLA events. It has been returned to operational status, had its original number reinstated and repainted in its original Black Widow scheme. Only those locomotives built with dual controls had wings on both ends. All other locomotives of this body style were solid aluminum on the long end.

    Statistics:
  • Builder: Electromotive Division, General Motors
  • Date Built: April, 1955
  • Model: GP9
  • Builder's Number: 19978
  • Weight: 259,720 lbs. (253,500 lbs.?)
  • Length: 55'9"
  • Engine: EMD 16-567C
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Horsepower: 1750
  • Maximum Speed: 65 MPH (Originally 79 MPH)
  • Steam Generator: Vapor-Clarkson OK 4625
  • Owners: Errol B. Ohman & Howard P. Wise
  • Location: Oakland, California

Displayed through the cooperation of the Pacific Locomotive Association, the Southern Pacific Railroad and the Oakland Terminal Railway.


Southern Pacific Railroad No. 5623

Built in 1955, this diesel was initially used on Southern Pacific's Del Monte line which ran between San Francisco and Monterey, California. There is a steam generator located in the nose to provide steam heat and to cool passenger cars. The locomotive also pulled Southern Pacific's commute trains between San Francisco and San Jose. It was assigned to freight service in 1985 after the State of California took over the commuter operation. It was purchased by the present owners after it was retired and destined for scrap. The engine has been restored to operating condition, given its original number, and repainted in its original "black widow" paint scheme.


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