Western Pacific 925-C

1950 EMD F9Bu

 

Model:  F9Bu

Prime Mover:  EMD 567 - 16 Cylinder Supercharged

Builder:  General Motors Diesel Canada

Horsepower:  1750

Built:  1950

Operating Weight:  249,000 lbs.

Builder #:  A-214

Length:  50 ft. 0 in.

Status:  Operational

Maximum Speed:  65 MPH

 

 

Western Pacific's "covered wagon" (an affectionate nickname for these carbody type locomotives) fleet consisted of an equal number of "A" cab control units and "B" booster units.  As the units grew old and were traded in on newer, higher horsepower units, the "B" units were first to go because of the versatility of the cab equipped "A" unit.  By the time the Feather River Rail Society established its Portola Railroad Museum all of the WP "B" units were gone.  Still, a "B" unit was desired to represent this type of locomotive in our collection.

 

In the late 1980ís, the Canadian National Railway still had some "B" units that they had recently sold for scrap.  Arrangements were made to purchase one of the units in operating condition and restore it to represent a WP "B" unit.  This unit was repainted in WP's classic orange and silver "Zephyr" paint scheme and given a fictitious WP number.