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SP 2873

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SP 2873

1955 EMD GP9

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You can OPERATE this locomotive...see our Run-A-Locomotive program to learn how!

SP 2873 was the first high nose SP locomotive painted in the Kodachrome paint scheme.

BuilderElectro-Motive Division of General Motors
BuiltDecember 1956
Serial number22897
Top speed65 MPH
Operating weight247,600 lbs
Acquisition Purchased by FRRS

More information about the SP 2873 HERE

Audio Transcript:
While the Western Pacific rostered a relatively small fleet of GP9's at eight units, neighboring road Southern Pacific rostered 340 of the rugged road switcher. SP 2873 was originally built in December 1956 as SP Subsidiary Texas & New Orleans 443.

In December 1983, both Southern Pacific and the Santa Fe railroad attempted a merger, creating the Santa Fe Southern Pacific Corporation as a holding company to manage the newly combined railroad. However, in July 1986, the Interstate Commerce Commission denied this merger due to opposition by the US Department of Justice. In June 1987, the ICC denied the appeal by the SFSP, thus ending merger proceedings.

SP 2873 came to the Western Pacific Railroad Museum in 1992 after members found it in a scrap yard in Richmond, California. The FRRS purchased the locomotive and today the engine is used frequently at the WPRM as a yard switcher, in Caboose Train Service, and is a popular locomotive in the museum's Run-A-Locomotive program where our visitors are invited to operate the 2873 under the guidance of a qualified instructor.