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UPY Control Car, Remote Control Locomotives (CCRCL)

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The following narrative comes from Sean Graham-White, via email on August 15, 2003:

UP completed six CCRCLs in July 2003. CCRCL stands for Control Car Remote Control Locomotive -- and the idea is that this unit contains the remote control capability while being coupled to another unit not so equipped. This allows other units that have not been equipped with RCL to be capable of being remotely controlled.

The CCRCL is basically a trailer -- the units converted are GE B30-7s that have had their traction motors and fuel tanks removed. Reportedly their prime movers are still in place (the exhaust stack is still there as well).

They are painted UP grey overall with red scothlight frame stripes and cab numbers. Red barricade stripes are at the lower portions of the nose and rear of the hood. There is a UP shield at the top of the nose.

The cab roof has twin yellow beacons on either side.

Cab windows, except for door and side windows are plated over. Control stand apparatus is removed and plated over but the cabinet is in place along with emergency air brake. The remote control electronics/cabinet is located on the back of the cab.

The conversion work was apparently done at Alstom in Calgary. They were originally intended to be numbered in the UPY 2300 series.

Some railfans have noted at various times that several CCRCL units can be seen stored at various locations at or near their assigned switching yards. This is due to the changing nature of UP's use of RCL operations, and whether or not individual power/control units used in switching operations are themselves equipped for RCL operations. If not, a CCRCL "sled" is pulled from storage and connected to the unit to allow remote control operations using that particular power unit.

(View photos of UP CCRCL units at RailPictures.net)

(View a photo of UPY 148, misidentified as an "RCL" unit)

 

Yard Slug Model SL1RCL (CCRCL) -- 5 units
B-B trucks; 256,000 pounds operating weight

Road
Number
First
Number
Second
Number
Third
Number
Date To
CCRCL
Date
Retired
UPY 100 MP 1411 UP S20   10 Dec 2001  
UPY 101 MP 1417 UP S26   22 Jan 2002  
UPY 102 MP 1404 UP S13   22 Jan 2002 6 Apr 2009
UPY 103 MP 1420 UP S29 UPY 923 14 Feb 2002 15 May 2009
UPY 104 MP 1418 UP S27 UPY 921 21 Feb 2002  

General Notes:

a. Model is SL1RCL; also known as CCRCL for Control Cab-Remote Control Locomotive .
b. Rebuilt by Mid America Car for service as remote control yard slugs; rebuilt from former MP yard slugs; used as control units for remote operation of yard slug/yard switcher combination.
   

Control Car, Remote Control Locomotive (CCRCL) -- 71 units
B-B trucks; ???? pounds operating weight

Road
Number
Previous
Number
Previous
Model
Date Previous
Unit Retired
Date To
UPY CCRCL
UPY 105 SP 7784 B30-7 27 Feb 2001 8 Jul 2003
UPY 106 SP 7782 B30-7 19 Dec 2001 8 Jul 2003
UPY 107 SP 7837 B30-7 28 Feb 2002 8 Jul 2003
UPY 108 SP 7790 B30-7 31 Aug 2000 23 Jul 2003
UPY 109 UP 210 B30-7A 30 Nov 2002 23 Jul 2003
UPY 110 UP 212 B30-7A 31 Oct 2002 23 Jul 2003
UPY 111 SP 7877 B30-7 30 Nov 2002 15 Aug 2003
UPY 112 SP 7867 B30-7 12 Oct 2000 15 Aug 2003
UPY 113 UP 7823 B30-7 (15 Aug 2003) 15 Aug 2003
UPY 114 SP 7843 B30-7 15 Jul 2002 15 Aug 2003
UPY 115 SP 7859 B30-7 30 Nov 2002 15 Aug 2003
UPY 116 UP 7807 B30-7 31 Oct 2002 25 Aug 2003
UPY 117 UP 7756 B30-7 15 Jul 2002 25 Aug 2003
UPY 118 UP 7834 B30-7 28 Feb 2002 10 Sep 2003
UPY 119 UP 171 B23-7 (10 Sep 2003) 10 Sep 2003
UPY 120 UP 7794 B30-7 (11 Sep 2003) 11 Sep 2003
UPY 121 SP 7820 B30-7 30 Nov 2002 11 Sep 2003
UPY 122 UP 133 B23-7 30 Nov 2002 11 Sep 2003
UPY 123 UP 113 B23-7 31 Oct 2002 23 Sep 2003
UPY 124 UP 217 B30-7 28 Feb 2002 23 Sep 2003
UPY 125 UP 258 B30-7 (23 Sep 2003) 23 Sep 2003
UPY 126 SP 7856 B30-7 15 Jul 2002 23 Sep 2003
UPY 127 UP 7847 B30-7 (23 Sep 2003) 23 Sep 2003
UPY 128 UP 254 B30-7A 30 Nov 2002 13 Feb 2004
UPY 129 UP 7785 B30-7 10 Oct 2003 13 Feb 2004
UPY 130 UP 230 B30-7A 10 Oct 2003 13 Feb 2004
UPY 131 UP 249 B30-7A 10 Oct 2003 13 Feb 2004
UPY 132 UP 7866 B30-7 28 Feb 2002 1 Mar 2004
UPY 133 SP 7870 B30-7 29 Aug 2002 1 Mar 2004
UPY 134 SP 7801 B30-7 30 Nov 2002 13 Feb 2004
UPY 135 UP 213 B30-7A 26 Dec 2001 13 Feb 2004
UPY 136 UP 181 B23-7 26 Dec 2001 13 Feb 2004
UPY 137 UP 143 B23-7 26 Dec 2001 13 Feb 2004
UPY 138 SP 7864 B30-7 19 Dec 2001 9 Feb 2004
UPY 139 UP 172 B23-7 26 Dec 2001 9 Feb 2004
UPY 140 UP 165 B23-7 26 Dec 2001 16 Feb 2004
UPY 141 SP 7824 B30-7 19 Apr 2001 16 Feb 2004
UPY 142 SP 7850 B30-7 19 Dec 2001 16 Feb 2004
UPY 143 SP 7831 B30-7 31 Oct 2002 16 Feb 2004
UPY 144 SP 7778 B30-7 19 Dec 2001 16 Feb 2004
UPY 145 UP 7746 B30-7 10 Oct 2003 16 Feb 2004
UPY 146 UP 226 B30-7A 10 Oct 2003 9 Feb 2004
UPY 147 SP 7777 B30-7 19 Dec 2001 9 Feb 2004
UPY 148 UP 161 B23-7 26 Dec 2001 9 Feb 2004
UPY 149 SP 7775 B30-7 15 Jul 2002 9 Feb 2004
UPY 150 UP 7865 B30-7 26 Dec 2001 1 Mar 2004
UPY 151 SP 7871 B30-7 19 Dec 2001 1 Mar 2004
UPY 152 UP 7767 B30-7 15 Aug 2003 1 Mar 2004
UPY 153 SP 7812 B30-7 19 Dec 2001 1 Mar 2004
UPY 154 UP 7792 B30-7 30 Oct 2003 1 Mar 2004
UPY 155 UP 153 B23-7 31 Oct 2002 12 May 2004
UPY 156 UP 108 B23-7 10 Oct 2003 12 May 2004
UPY 157 SP 7842 B30-7 29 Nov 2000 24 May 2004
UPY 158 SP 7805 B30-7 19 Dec 2001 27 May 2004
UPY 159 SP 7795 B30-7 19 Dec 2001 1 Jun 2004
UPY 160 UP 253 B30-7A (1 Jun 2004) 1 Jun 2004
UPY 161 UP 251 B30-7A 15 Jul 2002 29 May 2004
UPY 162 SP 5107 B23-7 31 Oct 2002 29 May 2004
UPY 163 SP 7783 B30-7 (14 Jun 2004) 14 Jun 2004
UPY 164 UP 259 B30-7 4 May 2004 16 Jun 2004
UPY 165 UP 141 B23-7 4 May 2004 21 Jun 2004
UPY 166 UP 7745 B30-7 31 Oct 2002 21 Jun 2004
UPY 167 SP 7798 B30-7 30 Nov 2002 20 Jun 2004
UPY 168 SP 7819 B30-7 19 Dec 2001 20 Jun 2004
UPY 169 SP 7832 B30-7 30 Nov 2002 9 Jul 2004
UPY 170 UP 7872 B30-7 9 Jul 2004 9 Jul 2004
UPY 171 UP 156 B23-7 31 Oct 2002 16 Jul 2004
UPY 172 SP 7827 B30-7 19 Dec 2001 16 Jul 2004
UPY 173 SP 7789 B30-7 30 Nov 2002 31 Aug 2004
UPY 174 UP 135 B23-7 31 Oct 2002 26 Jul 2004
UPY 175 UP 235 B23-7 30 Oct 2003 19 Nov 2004

General Notes:

a. CCRCL stands for Control Car, Remote Control Locomotive -- an unpowered trailer unit with remote control capability while being coupled to another unit not so equipped. This allows other units that have not been equipped with RCL to be capable of being remotely controlled.; converted from retired ex MP and ex SP/SSW GE B23-7 and B30-7 units that have had their traction motors and fuel tanks removed (reportedly their prime movers are still in place, including the exhaust stack).
b. Painted UP grey overall with red scothlight frame stripes and cab numbers. Red barricade stripes are at the lower portions of the nose and rear of the hood. There is a UP shield at the top of the nose; cab roof has twin yellow beacons on either side.
c. Cab windows, except for door and side windows are plated over; control stand apparatus is removed and plated over but the cabinet is in place along with emergency air brake; remote control electronics/cabinet is located on the back of the cab.
d. Some railfan reports show that SP 7798 (shown above as UPY167) was sold by UP to NRE, then sold to CVRD in Brazil.

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