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Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad

Timeline of Motive Power, 1941-2002

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D&RGW's first diesel locomotive

Research has found that D&RGW's first diesel-electric was a 900-horsepower end-cab switcher built by American Locomotive Company (later historians have designated this type as an HH900). Built as Alco serial number 69058, with a date of January 18, 1937, the locomotive is shown in Alco data discovered by Ken Douglas. It was Alco order number S1783-006, and was numbered as D&RGW number 101. It was not accepted by D&RGW and ran for a time afterwards as Alco demonstrator number 101. Allen Copeland has a photographic print of the locomotive without any lettering (except a rod number) at El Reno, Oklahoma while testing of the Rock Island. On October 6, 1939, the unit was sold to the CRI&P as their number 730. (Information from Allen Copeland via email dated June 6, 2002)

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1941
(289 total steam on January 1, 1941)
(0 total diesel on January 1, 1941)

Steam

(No purchases)

Retired (7) 2 2-8-0 670, 923
  4 4-6-0 600, 761, 777, 782
  1 4-8-2 1601

Diesel

Added (15) 1 44 ton 38
  9 VO-660 66-74
  1 NW2 7000 (renumbered to 100)
  4 S-2 101-104

(No retirements)

Budd cars M1 and M2 in service as The Prospector, 1941-1945.

1942
(282 total steam on January 1, 1942)
(15 total diesel on January 1, 1942)

Steam

Added (5) 5 4-6-6-4 3710-3714
       
Retired (6) 3 0-6-0 51, 52, 54
  3 4-6-0 775, 780, 781

Diesel

Added (17) 5 44 ton 39-43
  6 FTA 540-542
  6 FTB 540-542

(No retirements)

Budd cars M1 and M2 in service as The Prospector, 1941-1945.

1943
(281 total steam on January 1, 1943)
(32 total diesel on January 1, 1943)

Steam

Added (16) 2 2-6-6-2 3350, 3351 (ex N&W)
  6 4-6-6-4 3800-3805 (Union Pacific design)
  8 2-8-8-2 3550-3557 (ex N&W)
       
Retired (5) 5 0-6-0 50, 53, 55, 56, 57

Diesel

Added (30) 10 S-2 105-114
  10 FTA 543-547
  10 FTB 543-547

(No retirements)

Budd cars M1 and M2 in service as The Prospector, 1941-1945.

1944
(292 total steam on January 1, 1944)
(62 total diesel on January 1, 1944)

Steam

(No purchases)

Retired (11) 2 0-6-0 60, 61
  7 2-8-0 633, 1001, 1006, 1010, 1011, 1012, 1013
  1 2-8-8-2 3412
  1 4-6-0 573

Diesel

Added (21) 5 S-2 115-119
  8 FTA 548-551
  8 FTB 548-551

(No retirements)

Budd cars M1 and M2 in service as The Prospector, 1941-1945.

1945
(281 total steam on January 1, 1945)
(83 total diesel on January 1, 1945)

Steam

Added (11) 4 4-8-2 1550-1553 (ex N&W)
  7 2-8-8-2 3558-3564 (ex N&W)
       
Retired (14) 10 2-8-0 681, 688, 930, 931, 933, 934, 1007, 1019, 1027, 1029
  4 4-6-0 596, 760, 763, 783

Diesel

(No purchases)

(No retirements)

Budd cars M1 and M2 in service as The Prospector, 1941-1945.

1946
(278 total steam on January 1, 1946)
(83 total diesel on January 1, 1946)

Steam

(No purchases)

Retired (8) 1 0-8-0T 01
  3 2-8-0 932, 1145, 1170
  2 2-6-6-2 3305, 3307
  1 2-8-8-2 3411
  1 4-6-0 776

Diesel

Added (12) 6 F3A 552-554
  6 F3B 552-554

(No retirements)

During 1946, the yellow stripes color of the diesel cab unit paint scheme was changed from the previous ochre yellow (Dulux Gold) to the newer yellow color (Duco Imitation Gold). This same change in yellow color took place on the end stripes of the switcher fleet, with the earlier color having been used on the GE 44-ton units, the Baldwin VO-660s, and the Alco S-2s. The later Fairbanks-Morse switchers were delivered with the new yellow color.

D&RGW sold Class C-28 2-8-0 683 to the San Luis Valley Southern Railroad in May 1947. The locomotive was sold to the Colorado Railroad Museum in 1962 and is today preserved at the museum's grounds in Golden, Colo., as the only example of preserved Rio Grande standard gauge steam locomotives.

1947
(270 total steam on January 1, 1947)
(95 total diesel on January 1, 1947)

Steam

Added (37) 9 2-8-0 1031-1039
  10 2-8-2 1220-1229
  16 2-6-6-0 3360-3375
  2 4-6-0 795, 796
       
Retired (29) 8 2-8-0 683, 1015, 1131, 1141, 1147, 1150, 1152, 1158
  1 2-6-6-0 3362
  1 2-6-6-2 3304
  10 2-8-8-2 3415, 3502, 3505, 3507, 3550, 3557, 3559, 3560, 3561, 3564
  3 4-6-0 583, 788, 789
  6 4-6-6-4 3800, 3801, 3802, 3803, 3804, 3805

Diesel

Added (6) 4 PA 600, 601
  2 PB 600, 601

(No retirements)

1948
(278 total steam on January 1, 1948)
(101 total diesel on January 1, 1948)

Steam

(No purchases)

Retired (27) 6 2-8-0 1000, 1032, 1038, 1135, 1164, 1172
  4 2-8-2 1203, 1206, 1211, 1223
  3 2-8-8-2 3402, 3556, 3563
  7 4-6-0 762, 765, 765, 771, 776, 795, 796
  7 4-8-2 1550, 1551, 1552, 1553, 1604, 1608, 1609

Diesel

Added (11) 4 H10-44 120-123
  3 H15-44 150-152
  2 F7A (F5A) 556
  2 F7B (F5B) 556

(No retirements)

1949
(251 total steam on January 1, 1949)
(112 total diesel on January 1, 1949)

Steam

(No purchases)

Retired (34) 8 2-8-0 1016, 1028, 1149, 1155, 1162, 1176, 1181, 1187
  2 2-8-2 1210, 1221
  6 2-6-6-0 3360, 3363, 3364, 3365, 3372, 3374
  6 2-8-8-2 3509, 3551, 3553, 3554, 3555, 3558
  2 4-6-0 779, 785
  2 4-6-2 802, 805
  8 4-8-2 1524, 1525, 1600, 1602, 1603, 1605, 1606, 1607

Diesel

Added (36) 4 F7A (F5A) 555, 557
  4 F7B (F5B) 555, 557
  14 F7A 558-564
  14 F7B 558-564
       
Retired (2) 2 44 ton 39, 43

1950
(217 total steam on January 1, 1950)
(146 total diesel on January 1, 1950)

Steam

(No purchases)

Retired (29) 5 2-8-0 1033, 1133, 1165, 1188, 1190
  2 2-8-2 1204, 1212
  3 2-6-6-0 3367, 3368, 3373
  4 2-6-6-2 3300, 3301, 3303, 3351
  10 2-8-8-2 3401, 3403, 3406, 3407, 3410, 3413, 3414, 3503, 3506, 3552
  1 4-6-2 803
  2 4-8-2 1505, 1530
  2 4-8-4 1707, 1708

Diesel

Added (24) 4 GP7 5101, 5102, 5103, 5104 (1st)
  10 F7A 5651, 5654, 5661, 5664, 5671, 5674, 5681, 5684, 5691, 5694
  10 F7B 5652, 5653, 5662, 5663, 5672, 5673, 5682, 5683, 5692, 5693

(No retirements)

All cab unit locomotives renumbered in January to April 1950, from single three-digit number for each four unit locomotive, to a four digit number for each unit, with a 1 or 4 added as fourth digit on A units and a 2 or a 3 added as fourth digit on B units, i.e., the F7 A-B-B-A set numbered as 564 became 5641, 5642, 5643, and 5644.

1951
(188 total steam on January 1, 1951)
(170 total diesel on January 1, 1950)

Steam

(No purchases)

Retired (33) 7 2-8-0 605, 634, 1031, 1036, 1037, 1039, 1168
  5 2-6-6-0 3366, 3369, 3370, 3371, 3375
  1 2-6-6-2 3306
  9 2-8-8-2 3404, 3405, 3408, 3409, 3500, 3501, 3504, 3508, 3562
  3 4-6-0 574, 635, 773
  8 4-6-6-4 3701, 3702, 3704, 3705, 3706, 3707, 3709, 3714

Diesel

Added (5) 5 RS-3 5200-5204

(No retirements)

The new Aspen Gold (also known as Grande Gold), silver, and four black stripe paint scheme on cab units was adopted in early 1951.

Salt Lake City, Utah, locomotive shops were closed in June 1951. All heavy overhauls on both steam locomotives and diesel locomotives were moved to Denver shops.

GP7 5104 (1st) was renumbered to 5100 during November 1951.

1952
(155 total steam on January 1, 1952)
(175 total diesel on January 1, 1952)

Steam

(No purchases)

Retired (30) 3 0-6-0 58, 59, 62
  3 2-8-0 1002, 1132, 1156
  3 2-8-2 1208, 1226, 1228
  2 2-10-2 1408, 1409
  1 2-6-6-0 3361
  2 2-6-6-2 3302, 3350
  1 2-8-8-2 3400
  1 4-6-0 784
  1 4-6-2 800
  10 4-8-2 1502, 1503, 1507, 1508, 1511, 1514, 1515, 1520, 1523, 1528
  3 4-8-4 1706, 1711, 1803

Diesel

Added (36) 10 GP7 5104 (2nd), 5105, 5106, 5107, 5108, 5109, 5110, 5111, 5112, 5113
  14 F7A 5701, 5704, 5711, 5714, 5721, 5724, 5731, 5734, 5741, 5744, 5751, 5754, 5761, 5764
  12 F7B 5702, 5703, 5712, 5713, 5722, 5723, 5732, 5733, 5742, 5743, 5752, 5762 (1st)

(No retirements)

1953
(125 total steam on January 1, 1953)
(211 total diesel on January 1, 1953)

Steam

(No purchases)

Retired (12) 2 2-8-0 1182, 1183
  2 2-8-2 1220, 1227
  2 4-6-2 801, 804
  4 4-8-2 1506, 1513, 1517, 1521
  2 4-8-4 1801, 1802

Diesel

Added (5) 5 SD7 5300-5304
       
Retired (1) 1 VO-660 68
       
Rebuilt (3) 1 Yard Slug 25 (rebuilt from VO-660 68)
  2 Steam
Generator Car
250, 251 (rebuilt from retired steam locomotive tenders)

1954
(113 total steam on January 1, 1954)
(215 total diesel on January 1, 1954)

Steam

(No purchases)

Retired (19) 7 2-8-0 1154, 1160, 1171, 1186, 1191, 1193, 1197
  2 2-8-2 1200, 1222
  1 2-10-2 1404
  1 4-6-6-4 3713
  4 4-8-2 1501, 1504, 1516, 1518
  4 4-8-4 1702, 1705, 1800, 1804

Diesel

(No purchases)

Retired (2) 2 44 ton 40, 41

During May 1954, due to a downturn in traffic levels, D&RGW reportedly had only three steam locomotives in operation: two 2-8-0s switching in Salt Lake City, Utah, and a single 2-8-0 in local service in Alamosa, Colo. In June 1954, the last 12 steam locomotives were transferred from the Salt Lake Division (Ogden to Helper, Utah), with L-131 class 2-8-8-2 3610 being the last steam locomotive in operation on the Salt Lake Division, as it moved under its own power to be used in helper service at Minturn, on the west slope of Tennessee Pass. At year's end, there were a total of 36 steam locomotives reported in operation, most during the August to December time period, and most in switching and helper service on the Pueblo Division (east of Bond, Colo., on the Moffat Line, and Salida, Colo., on the Royal Gorge Line).

1955
(94 total steam on January 1, 1955)
(213 total diesel on January 1, 1955)

Steam

(No purchases)

Retired (48) 16 2-8-0 1034, 1035, 1140, 1142, 1144, 1146, 1148, 1153, 1157, 1159, 1174, 1178, 1189, 1196, 1198, 1199
  5 2-8-2 1202, 1205, 1209, 1213, 1225
  7 2-10-2 1400, 1401, 1402, 1403, 1405, 1406, 1407
  5 2-8-8-2 3600, 3603, 3614, 3617, 3618
  2 4-6-6-4 3703, 3710
  8 4-8-2 1509, 1510, 1512, 1519, 1522, 1526, 1527, 1529
  5 4-8-4 1703, 1704, 1710, 1712, 1713

Diesel

Added (18) 2 F9A 5771, 5774
  4 F9B 5753 (1st), 5763, 5772, 5773
  12 GP9 5901, 5902, 5903, 5904, 5911, 5912, 5913, 5914, 5921, 5922, 5923, 5924

(No retirements)

During 1955, the use of steam was further reduced to 30 locomotives, assigned to peak season switching and helper service.

F7B 5762 (1st) renumbered to 5753 (2nd) during November 1955.

F9B 5753 (1st) renumbered to 5762 (2nd) during November 1955.

1956
(46 total steam on January 1, 1956)
(231 total diesel on January 1, 1956)

Last of steam: During 1956, the use of steam was further reduced, with just 18 locomotives reported in operation. The last D&RGW standard gauge steam locomotive, a Class C-48 2-8-0, number 1151, operated on December 26, 1956. The scrapping of number 1151 began the next day. By year end, all remaining standard gauge steam locomotives had been retired and scrapped. No standard gauge steam locomotives were preserved by the railroad.

Steam

(No purchases)

Retired (46) 21 2-8-0 1134, 1136, 1137, 1138, 1139, 1143, 1151, 1161, 1163, 1166, 1167, 1169, 1173, 1175, 1177, 1180, 1184, 1185, 1192, 1194, 1195
  3 2-8-2 1207, 1224, 1229
  15 2-8-8-2 3601, 3602, 3604, 3605, 3606, 3607, 3608, 3609, 3610, 3611, 3612, 3613, 3615, 3616, 3619
  4 4-6-6-4 3700, 3708, 3711, 3712
  3 4-8-4 1700, 1701, 1709

Diesel

Added (12) 12 GP9 5931, 5932, 5933, 5934, 5941, 5942, 5943, 5944, 5951, 5952, 5953, 5954

(No retirements)

1957
(243 total diesel on January 1, 1957)

Added (10) 10 SD9 5305-5314

(No retirements)

1958
(253 total diesel on January 1, 1958)

(No purchases)

(No retirements)

1959
(253 total diesel on January 1, 1959)

(No purchases)

(No retirements)

1960
(253 total diesel on January 1, 1960)

(No purchases)

(No retirements)

1961
(253 total diesel on January 1, 1961)

Added (3) 3 ML4000 4001-4003 (Krauss Maffei)

(No retirements)

Grande gold and silver, with single black stripe paint scheme adopted. First used in 1956 on freight cars and cabooses, and on new cabooses in 1959. First used on passenger cars in 1960.

1962
(256 total diesel on January 1, 1962)

Added (13) 13 GP30 3001-3013
       
Retired (27) 13 FTA 5414, 5431, 5444, 5451, 5461, 5471, 5474, 5491, 5494, 5501, 5504, 5511, 5514
  14 FTB 5403, 5412, 5413, 5423, 5432, 5442, 5453, 5473, 5492, 5493, 5502, 5503, 5512, 5513

1963
(242 total diesel on January 1, 1963)

Added (15) 15 GP30 3014-3028
       
Retired (3) 3 S-2 110, 118, 119

1964
(254 total on January 1, 1964)

Added (18) 3 SW1200 130-132
  15 GP35 3029-3043
       
Retired (31) 2 44 ton 38, 42
  1 VO-660 71
  6 S-2 103, 104, 107, 108, 113, 115
  3 ML4000 4001, 4002, 4003
  9 FTA 5401, 5404, 5411, 5424, 5441, 5454, 5464, 5481, 5484
  8 FTB 5402, 5433, 5443, 5452, 5462, 5472, 5482 (wrecked), 5483
  2 F7A 5661 (wrecked), 5701 (wrecked)

1965
(241 total on January 1, 1965)

Added (14) 7 SW1200 133-139
  7 GP35 3044-3050
       
Retired (17) 7 S-2 102, 106, 109, 112, 114, 116, 117
  2 FTA 5421, 5434
  2 FTB 5422, 5463
  2 F3A 5541, 5544
  1 F3B 5542
  1 F9B 5772 (wrecked)
  2 PB 6002, 6012 (rebuilt to steam generator cars)
Rebuilt (2) 2 Steam
Generator Car
252, 253 (rebuilt from retired Alco PB units)

1966
(238 total on January 1, 1966)

Added (25) 7 SW1000 140-146
  18 GP40 3051-3068
       
Retired (29) 2 VO-660 67, 69
  3 S-2 101, 105, 111
  3 H15-44 150, 151, 152
  5 RS-3 5200, 5201, 5202, 5203, 5204
  4 F3A 5521 (wrecked), 5524 (wrecked), 5531, 5534
  5 F3B 5522 (wrecked), 5523 (wrecked), 5532, 5533, 5543
  3 F7A 5601, 5614, 5621
  4 F7B 5593, 5612, 5623, 5682

1967
(234 total on January 1, 1967)

Added (22) 12 GP40 3069-3080
  10 SD45 5315-5324
       
Retired (28) 5 VO-660 66, 70, 72, 73, 74
  2 H10-44 120, 121
  9 F7A 5591, 5594, 5604, 5611, 5624, 5651, 5671, 5684, 5694
  8 F7B 5592, 5602, 5603, 5613, 5622, 5652, 5683, 5693
  4 PA 6001, 6003, 6011, 6013

1968
(228 total on January 1, 1968)

Added (19) 3 SW1000 147-149
  16 SD45 5325-5340
       
Retired (19) 1 NW2 100
  2 H10-44 122, 123
  2 F7A (F5A) 5551, 5554
  2 F7A (F5A) 5561, 5564
  2 F7B (F5B 5562, 5563
  1 F7B (F5B) 5572
  5 F7A 5581, 5584, 5634, 5681, 5751 (wrecked)
  4 F7B 5582, 5583, 5632, 5633

1969
(228 total on January 1, 1969)

Added (5) 5 GP40 3081-3085
       
Retired (8) 3 F7A 5631, 5644, 5674
  3 F7B 5643, 5672, 5692
  1 F9A 5774 (wrecked)
  1 F9B 5773 (wrecked)

1970
(225 total on January 1, 1970)

(No purchases)

Retired (23) 1 GP30 3005 (wrecked)
  1 F7A (F5A) 5571
  1 F7B (F5B) 5552
  10 F7A 5641, 5654, 5664, 5691, 5711, 5714, 5721, 5724, 5744, 5754
  10 F7B 5642, 5653, 5662, 5663, 5673, 5712, 5732, 5733, 5743, 5753

1971
(202 total on January 1, 1971)

Added (8) 8 GP40 3086-3093
       
Retired (8) 1 F7B (F5B) 5553 (wrecked)
  1 F7A 5741
  6 F7B 5702, 5703, 5713, 5722 (wrecked), 5723, 5752

1972
(202 total on January 1, 1972)

Added (22) 22 GP40-2 3094-3115
       
Retired (23) 1 GP30 3012 (wrecked)
  13 GP7 5100, 5101, 5102, 5103, 5104, 5105, 5106, 5107, 5109, 5110, 5111, 5112, 5113
  1 F7A (F5A) 5574
  1 F7B (F5B) 5573
  5 F7A 5704, 5731, 5734, 5761, 5764
  1 F7B 5742
  1 GP9 5901

1973
(201 total on January 1, 1973)

(No purchases)

(No retirements)

1974
(201 total on January 1, 1974)

Added (28) 13 GP40-2 3116-3128
  15 SD40T-2 5341-5355
       
Retired (1) 1 GP40 3063 (wrecked)

1975
(228 total on January 1, 1975)

Added (18) 18 SD40T-2 5356-5373
       
Retired (1) 1 GP30 3009 (wrecked)

1976
(245 total on January 1, 1976)

(No purchases)

(No retirements)

1977
(245 total on January 1, 1977)

Added (12) 12 SD40T-2 5374-5385
       
Retired (3) 3 GP9 5923, 5933 (wrecked), 5943 (wrecked)

1978
(254 total on January 1, 1978)

Added (12) 12 SD40T-2 5386-5397

(No retirements)

1979
(266 total on January 1, 1979)

(No purchases)

(No retirements)

1980
(266 total on January 1, 1980)

Added (16) 16 SD40T-2 5398-5413

(No retirements)

1981
(282 total on January 1, 1981)

(No purchases)

(No retirements)

1982
(282 total on January 1, 1982)

(No purchases)

Retired (2) 1 GP30 3025 (wrecked)
  1 GP40 3058 (wrecked)

D&RGW's SD7s, SD9s, and GP9s were first stored during the traffic slowdown of 1982. Most remained in storage until retirement, except small numbers of GP9s that were reactivated in 1983 for special, non-revenue trains, including GP9s 5924, 5944, and 5954, which were assigned to work train service. Many GP9s, SD7s and SD9s were reactivated during 1989, following the SP merger, for local and transfer work in the Denver and Pueblo areas. (Pacific Rail News, Issue 306, May 1989, page 35; Pacific Rail News, Issue 307, June 1989, page 31; Pacific Rail News, Issue 308, July 1989, page 17)

1983
(280 total on January 1, 1983)

Added (25) 23 GP40 3131-3153 (ex CR)
  2 GP40-2 3129, 3130

(No retirements)

On January 28, 1983, the first D&RGW train operated into Kansas City, Kan., using trackage rights over former Missouri Pacific lines from Pueblo, Colo., to Kansas City, Kan., granted as provision of UP-MP-WP merger of December 1982. Additional motive power, in the form of former Conrail GP40s, were first leased, then purchased, to support this expansion of operations.

N&W SD50s 6503 and 6504 tested on D&RGW during late July and early August 1983. (Pacific News, Issue 247, December 1983, page 23)

1984
(305 total on January 1, 1984)

Added (17) 17 SD50 5501-5517
       
Retired (8) 1 GP7 5108
  7 GP9 5902, 5911, 5914, 5921, 5932, 5944, 5952

D&RGW railroad and its parent company, Rio Grande Industries, purchased by Anschutz Corp., on October 29, 1984.

SCL SD50s 8501, 8507, 8510 and 8521 tested on D&RGW between March 25 and April 1, 1984. (Pacific News, issue 251, August 1984, page 31)

All first generation power (GP9, SD7, SD9, except 5305) stored at the end of October 1984, following the delivery of 17 new SD50s during the first week of October. (CTC Board, December 1984, page 3) By mid January 1985, due to a downturn in business, there were 96 locomotives in storage, including the GP9s, SD7s, SD9s (except 5305), the GP35s, the B-units GP30s, and the lower numbered GP40s. (CTC Board, February 1985, page 42)

1985
(314 total on January 1, 1985)

(No purchases)

(No retirements)

By August 1985, traffic levels on D&RGW had declined. All of the first generation power was stored, including the F9s, SD7s, SD9s, and GP9s, along with the GP35s and most of the SD45s. Operating units included most of the GP30s, most of the GP40s, the GP40-2s, the SD40T-2s and the new SD50s. (Pacific Rail News, Issue 262, September 1985, page 26)

1986
(314 total on January 1, 1986)

(No purchases)

(No retirements)

As of December 1986, D&RGW's stored motive power (152 locomotives) included all the SD7s (five units), all the SD9s (nine units, except 5305), all remaining GP9s (13 units), all B-unit GP30s (D&RGW 3020-3028, nine units), all GP35s (22 units), all the lower numbered GP40s (D&RGW 3051-3088, 38 units), all the ex CR GP40s (23 units), all SD45s (26 units), four SW switchers, and the three F9s. The railroad was being operated with 148 units, including 16 non-B-unit GP30s (3001-3019), five high numbered GP40s (3089-3093), GP40-2s (37 units), SD40T-2s (73 units), and SD50s (17 units). (parts from Pacific Rail News, Issue 280, March 1987, page 26, and from Pacific Rail News, Issue 281, April 1987, page 35) Several SD45s returned to service during October and November 1987. (Pacific Rail News, Issue 291, February 1988, page 12)

1987
(314 total on January 1, 1987)

(No purchases)

(No retirements)

1988
(314 total on January 1, 1988)

(No purchases)

(No retirements)

Rio Grande Industries, parent company of D&RGW railroad, takes control of Southern Pacific Transportation Co., on October 13, 1988. Purchase approved by ICC on August 9, 1988.

Seventy stored D&RGW units were leased to SP in July 1988, including all GP35s (22 units), all SD45s (26 units), and 22 of the 25 B-unit GP40s. Other units in storage (GP9s, SD9s, SD7s, and GP30s) were to be reactivated for service on D&RGW. (CTC Board, July 1988, page 4)

All GP35s (22 units), SD45s (26 units), and B-unit GP30s (eight units) were removed from storage in October 1988 and sent for service to SP territory. Many operated into former D&RGW territory during normal operations. (Pacific Rail News, Issue 305, April 1989, page 37) The GP35s and B-unit GP30s were returned to storage during October 1991. The SD45s were still in operation. (Pacific Rail News, Issue 336, November 1991, page 17)

1989
(314 total on January 1, 1989)

(No purchases)

Retired (3) 1 GP40-2 3108 (wrecked)
  2 SD40T-2 5402 (wrecked), 5408 (wrecked)

Operating departments of Southern Pacific and D&RGW combined on May 1, 1989. Operated as Southern Pacific Lines.

1990
(311 total on January 1, 1990)

Added (3) 3 GP60 3154-3156

(No retirements)

1991
(314 total on January 1, 1991)

(No purchases)

Retired (31) 2 SW1000 143, 145
  1 GP35 3034
  1 GP40-2 3115 (wrecked)
  5 SD7 5300, 5301, 5302, 5303, 5304
  9 SD9 5306, 5307, 5308, 5309, 5310, 5311, 5312, 5313, 5314
  13 GP9 5903, 5904, 5912, 5913, 5922, 5924, 5931, 5934, 5941, 5942, 5951, 5953, 5954

1992
(283 total on January 1, 1992)

(No purchases)

Retired (7) 1 GP30 3010 (wrecked)
  4 GP40 3074, 3082, 3091, 3145
  1 SD9 5305
  1 SD45 5335

1993
(276 total on January 1, 1993)

(No purchases)

Retired (44) 1 SW1200 131 (wrecked)
  5 GP30 3013, 3017, 3019, 3027, 3028
  18 GP35 3029, 3030, 3031, 3032, 3033, 3035, 3036, 3037, 3038, 3039, 3040, 3041, 3042, 3043, 3046, 3047, 3049, 3050
  11 GP40 3056, 3057, 3067, 3070, 3073 (wrecked), 3089, 3133, 3135, 3144, 3146, 3150
  9 SD45 5316, 5318, 5319, 5327, 5330, 5333, 5336, 5337, 5338

1994
(232 total on January 1, 1994)

(No purchases)

Retired (11) 1 SW1200 136
  2 SW1000 146, 148
  3 GP30 3001, 3011, 3026
  1 GP35 3048
  1 GP40 3055
  3 SD45 5315, 5321, 5332

1995
(221 total on January 1, 1995)

(No purchases)

Retired (27) 4 SW1200 130 (wrecked), 135, 137, 138
  3 SW1000 140, 147, 149
  8 GP30 3004, 3014, 3016, 3020, 3021, 3022, 3023, 3024
  1 GP35 3044 (wrecked)
  7 GP40 3065, 3069, 3076, 3077, 3083, 3134, 3137
  2 SD45 5317, 5329 (wrecked)
  2 SD40T-2 5348 (wrecked), 5370 (wrecked)

1996
(194 total on January 1, 1996)

(No purchases)

Retired (19) 1 SW1200 132 (wrecked)
  1 GP30 3018
  1 GP35 3045
  8 GP40 3051, 3052, 3053, 3062, 3068, 3090, 3140 (wrecked), 3143
  6 SD45 5320, 5325, 5331, 5334, 5339, 5340
  1 F9A 5771
  1 F9B 5762

Union Pacific took control of Rio Grande Industries (including Southern Pacific and D&RGW railroad subsidiaries) on September 11, 1996.

Former D&RGW SD45s 5319, 5327, 5337, and 5338, rebuilt to SP SD40M-2 8678, 8680, 8682, 8684 during 1994, came to UP as part of the UP-SP merger (not included in remaining total).

1997
(175 total on January 1, 1997)

(No purchases)

Retired (14) 1 SW1200 134
  2 GP30 3007, 3008
  8 GP40 3059, 3061, 3066, 3081, 3139, 3147, 3152, 3153
  3 SD45 5323, 5326, 5328

Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad was formally merged with Union Pacific Railroad on June 1, 1997. All equipment ownership and equipment leases and trusts assumed by UP, along with DRGW reporting marks.

(Original D&RGW road numbers shown, many units repainted to SP and/or repainted to UP.)

1998
(161 total on January 1, 1998)

(No purchases)

Retired (12) 2 SW1200 133, 139
  3 SW1000 141, 142, 144
  1 GP30 3006
  4 GP40 3064, 3078, 3093, 3148
  1 GP40-2 3125
  1 SD45 5322

(Original D&RGW road numbers shown, many repainted to SP and/or repainted to UP.)

During 1998, former D&RGW GP40s 3051, 3053, 3059, 3061, 3066, 3068, 3078, 3093, 3139, 3147, 3148, 3152, and 3153 (13 units) were rebuilt to GP38M-2s and leased to UP as UP 2574, 2575, 2576, 2577, 2578, 2579, 2581, 2588, 2582, 2583, 2584, 2585, 2586 (not included in remaining total).

During 1998, former D&RGW GP40s 3069 and 3083 were rebuilt to GP38M-3s and leased to UP as UP 2513 and 2514 (not included in remaining total).

During 1998, former D&RGW SD45 5323 was rebuilt to an SD40-2 and leased to UP as UP 4734 (not included in remaining total).

1999
(149 total on January 1, 1999)

(No purchases)

Retired (7) 3 GP30 3002, 3003, 3015
  2 GP40 3079, 3138
  1 GP40-2 3098
  1 SD45 5324

(Original D&RGW road numbers shown, many repainted to SP and/or repainted to UP.)

During 1999, former D&RGW SD45s 5325, 5328, and 5335 were rebuilt to SD40-2s and leased to UP as UP 4737, 4741, and 4744 (not included in remaining total).

2000
(142 total on January 1, 2000)

(No purchases)

Retired (12) 7 GP40 3072, 3088, 3092, 3132, 3136, 3149, 3151
  5 SD40T-2 5386, 5391, 5398, 5404, 5406

(Original D&RGW road numbers shown, many repainted to SP and/or repainted to UP.)

2001
(130 total on January 1, 2001)

(No purchases)

Retired (26) 11 GP40 3054, 3060, 3071, 3075, 3080, 3084, 3085, 3087, 3131, 3141, 3142
  15 SD40T-2 5345, 5347, 5353, 5360, 5361, 5372, 5373, 5387, 5388, 5392, 5397, 5405, 5409, 5412, 5413

(Original D&RGW road numbers shown, many repainted to SP and/or repainted to UP.)

2002
(104 total on January 1, 2002)

(No purchases)

Retired (3) 3 SD40T-2 5343, 5375, 5377

(Original D&RGW road numbers shown, many repainted to SP and/or repainted to UP.)

2003
(101 total on January 1, 2003)

(Not updated after December 31, 2002)

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