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UP 900000-Series Jordan Spreaders

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This file was last updated on January 16, 2016.

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(This is a work in progress; research continues.)

Overview

Although these machines were known very early as a "Jordan Spreader," Union Pacific equipment records use the name "Ballast Spreader."

Oswald F. Jordan was a roadmaster on the Canada Southern Railway, a branch of the New York Central Railway. Jordan designed the Jordan spreader as early as 1900. He formed his own company, O.F. Jordan Company, and continued construction of Jordan Spreaders at East Chicago, Indiana.

(Read the brief Wikipedia article about Jordan spreaders)

(Visit the Jordan Spreader web site, by Paul Strubeck and Jim Otto)

At times, UP used its Jordan spreaders as snow plows. Although purchased as ballast spreaders, these unique machines became surplus as UP began using smaller machines to spread ballast.

Modernized Fleet

Beginning in Fall 2009, Union Pacific contracted with Thunder Machine Works, Inc., of Sacramento, California, to rebuild the first two of its remaining fleet of Jordan Spreaders, for reliable use in snow removal. NMI Industrial of Sacramento was a subcontractor for the primary and secondary cab enclosures. Work started in October 2009 at a site near UP's tracks in Sacramento, with a planned completion of Thanksgiving 2009. As with any rebuild program of this complexity, delays pushed the completion to mid January 2010. On January 18, 2010, due to the arrival of a major winter storm, both spreaders were rushed to 98-99 percent completion and moved to Truckee, California, for their acceptance testing. They entered service immediately. ("The Spreader Snow Plow; New Mega Machines of the Sierra", video available from DonnerRails.com)

In addition to four of its own Jordan Spreaders (UP 903020, 903022, 903031 and 903134), UP has had NMI Industrial rebuild four former SP Jordan Spreaders: SPMW 4030, 4031, 4033 and 4034.

The following list comes, in part, from the Jordan Spreader web site (above):

(Read more about the 2009 rebuilds; at the Jordan Spreader web site)

(View the very short NMI Industrial promotional video on YouTube)

(Visit the NMI Industrial web site, describing its railroad activities)

Roster Listings

Ballast Spreader
O. F. Jordan Co.

Road
Number
OWRR&N
Roadway Number
Previous
Number
Builder
Date
Builder
Number
Date
Retired
Notes
  OWRR&N 0450   Jun 1914   Feb 1956 1
OWRR&N 900453 OWRR&N 0453 North Coast X-3 May 1910   May 1973 2
OWRR&N 900454 OWRR&N 0454   Nov 1950     3

General Notes:

a. UP Equipment Record: r3-055, r3-061, r3-063, r3-0641

Notes:

1. OWRR&N 0450 was retired in February 1956 after being wrecked on December 30, 1955 at Hilgard, Oregon
2. OWRR&N 900453 was built in May 1910 as North Coast Railroad X-3; entire railroad sold to OWRR&N on December 23, 1910, renumbered to OWRR&N 0453 in August 1914; renumbered to OWRR&N 900453 in October 1959; retired in May 1973
3. OWRR&N 900454 was Type A, Model 3-175, with front cab; built in November 1950 as OWRR&N 0454; renumbered to OWRR&N 900454 in October 1959
   

Ballast Spreader
O. F. Jordan Co.

Road
Number
OSL
Roadway Number
Previous
Number
Builder
Date
Builder
Number
Date
Retired
Notes
OSL 902060 OSL 02060 OSL 795 Mar 1910   May 1966 1
OSL 902061 OSL 02061   May 1913   May 1966  
OSL 902062 OSL 02062   Jun 1923   Nov 1968  
OSL 902063 OSL 02063   Jun 1930   Feb 1978  

General Notes:

a. UP Equipment Record: r3-0214

Notes:

1. OSL 902060 was built in March 1910 as OSL 795; renumbered to OSL 02060 in August 1912; renumbered to OSL 902060 in March 1959; retired in May 1966
   

Ballast Spreader
O. F. Jordan Co.; Type A; Front Cab

Road
Number
Builder
Date
Builder
Number
Notes
UP 903020 Dec 1966   1
UP 903021 Apr 1967   2
UP 903022 Apr 1967   3
UP 903023 Jun 1967   4
UP 903024 Oct 1968   5

General Notes:

a. UP Equipment Record: r3-0460, r3-0462, r3-0677

Notes:

1. UP 903020 was rebuilt in Fall 2011 by NMI Industrial, Sacramento, California.
2. UP 903021
3. UP 903022 was rebuilt in Fall 2011 by NMI Industrial, Sacramento, California.
4. UP 903023
5. UP 903024
   

Ballast Spreader
O. F. Jordan Co.; Type J; Model 4-100

Road
Number
Builder
Date
Builder
Number
Notes
UP 903031 Apr 1976 1453 1
UP 903032 May 1977 1461 2

General Notes:

a. UP Equipment Record: r3-0460, r3-0462, r3-0677

Notes:

1. UP 903031 was rebuilt and modernized in January 2010 by Thunder Machine Works, Inc., Sacramento, California; renumbered to SPMW 4032 and assigned snow service on former SP Donner Pass route (conversion completed at same time as SPMW 4031).
2. UP 903032; as of February 2009, still in service at Dunsmuir, California. (View a photo of UP 903032)
   

Ballast Spreader
O. F. Jordan Co.

1959 Road
Number
Previous
Number
Builder
Date
Builder
Number
Date
Retired
Notes
UP 903129 UP 03129 Mar 1926   Nov 1963  
UP 903130 UP 03130 Jan 1917   Jun 1967  

General Notes:

a. UP Equipment Record: r3-0306, r3-0679
   

Ballast Spreader
O. F. Jordan Co.; Type A; Model 3-175; Center Cab

1959 Road
Number
Previous
Number
Builder
Date
Builder
Number
Date
Retired
Notes
UP 903132 UP 03132 Oct 1949 831 May 1985  
UP 903133 UP 03133 Oct 1949      

General Notes:

a. UP Equipment Record: r3-0306, r3-0679
   

Ballast Spreader
O. F. Jordan Co.; Type A; Model 3-175; Front Cab

1959 Road
Number
Previous
Number
Builder
Date
Builder
Number
Date
Retired
Notes
UP 903134 UP 03134 Sep 1958     1

General Notes:

a. UP Equipment Record: r3-0306, r3-0679

Notes:

1. UP 903134 was rebuilt and modernized in Summer 2012 by NMI Industrial, Sacramento, California; as of January 16, 2016, assigned to Dunsmuir, California.
   

Ballast Spreader
O. F. Jordan Co.; Type A; Model 3-175; Front Cab

Road
Number
Builder
Date
Date
Retired
Notes
UP 903142 Oct 1963 After July 1985  
UP 903143 Nov 1963    

General Notes:

a. UP Equipment Record: r3-0679

Photos

Photos of UP Jordan Spreaders at UtahRails Photo Albums

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