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UP 900000 Series Pile Drivers

This file was last updated on December 1, 2016.

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

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Overview

Until the 1950s, Union Pacific used a group of Roadway machines specifically to drive pilings for the construction of its bridges and buildings. These machines were built specifically as Pile Drivers by the same companies that manufactured wreck derricks and locomotive cranes. On UP, these were built by Industrial Works of Bay City, Michigan, and its successor after 1931, Industrial Brownhoist.

UP entered the modern era with 11 pile drivers. All were retired between 1971 and 1982. UP 903111 was retired in 1971; 900322 and 910011 were retired in 1972; 900319, 900320 were retired in 1973; 902081, 902082 were retired in 1974; 903110 and 903112 were retired in 1975; and the last two, 903113 and 903114 were retired in 1982.

Although they had offered smaller versions of pile driving attachments for their cranes, in the 1950s, locomotive crane manufacturers had increased the capacity of their machines, which allowed larger and more stable pile driving attachments. These new and larger machines allowed the newer locomotive cranes to serve their multi-function purposes of being both self-propelled locomotive cranes, and self-propelled pile drivers.

Union Pacific records indicate that in the late 1960s and early 1970s, UP began buying new locomotive cranes with pile driving attachments, and these machines are described as being Pile Drivers, although they look almost entirely like a normal locomotive crane, with an unusual boom. These include UP 903075 and 903077, both built in December 1972.

Roster Listing

UP Pile Driver
(builder, length and date, see below)

Road
Number
Previous
Number
Date To
03000 Series
Length Builder Builder
Date
Date
Retired
UP 03120 UP 02804 Oct 1918 37'-3" Industrial Works Aug 1913 Dec 1938
UP 03121     37'-3" Industrial Works    

General Notes:

a. UP Form 70 #60, 1930 (UP 03120, 03121); #61, 1931 (UP 03120, 03121); #62, 1942 (not shown); #63, 1943 (not shown); #64, 1946 (not shown); #65, 1951 (not shown)
b. UP Equipment Record: r3-0306 (UP 03100-03149)
   

OWRR&N Pile Diver
(builder, length and date, see below)

Road
Number
First
Number
Second
Number
Date To
OWRR&N Series
Date To
900219 Series
Length Builder Builder
Date
Date
Retired
Notes
OWRR&N 900319 OWRR&N 0309 OWRR&N 0319 Apr 1926 Feb 1959 45'-2" Industrial Works Mar 1912 Aug 1973  
  OWRR&N 0310       30'-0" ORy&N Albina Sep 1893 Nov 1925 1
  OWRR&N 0311 OWRR&N 0320 (1st) May 1926 Jan 1960 37'-1" Industrial Works Jul 1898 Jul 1929  
OWRR&N 900320 OSL 02080 OWRR&N 0320 (2nd) Sep 1931   45'-1" Industrial Works Oct 1912 Sep 1973  
OWRR&N 900321   OWRR&N 0321   Jun 1959   Industrial Brownhoist Feb 1941    

General Notes:

a. UP Form 70 #60, 1930 (OWRR&N 0319); #61, 1931 (OWRR&N 0319); #62, 1942 (OWRR&N 0319, 0320, 0321); #63, 1943 (OWRR&N 0319, 0320, 0321); #64, 1946 (OWRR&N 0319, 0320, 0321); #65, 1951 (OWRR&N 0319, 0320, 0321)
b. UP Equipment Record: r2-0052 (OWRR&N 0300-0349); r2-0054 (OWRR&N 0300-0349); r3-0638 (OWRR&N 0300-0349, includes OWRR&N 900305-900310, 900319-900322)

Notes:

1. OWRR&N 0310 was built in September 1893 as OWRy&N 02489; renumbered to OWRy&N 0310 in 1894
   

UP Pile Diver
(builder, length and date, see below)

Road
Number
First
Number
Second
Number
Date To
900522
Date To
900322
Length Builder Builder
Date
Date
Retired
UP 900322 StJ&GI 1 StJ&GI 900522 Jun 1959 Apr 1972 45'-2" Industrial Works Jun 1910 Oct 1972

General Notes:

a. UP 900322 was built as St. Joseph & Grand Island no. 1 in June 1910; renumbered to StJ&GI 900522 in June 1959; renumbered to UP 900322 in April 1972; retired in October 1972
b. UP Form 70 #60, 1930 (not shown); #61, 1931 (not shown); #62, 1942 (StJ&GI 1); #63, 1943 (StJ&GI 1); #64, 1946 (StJ&GI 1); #65, 1951 (StJ&GI 1)
c. UP Equipment Record: r3-0638 (OWRR&N 0300-0349)
   

OSL Pile Driver
(builder, length and date, see below)

Road
Number
First
Number
Second
Number
Date To
902081 Series
Length Builder Builder
Date
Date
Retired
Notes
  OSL 02041 OSL 02080   45-'1" Industrial Works Oct 1912 Sep 1931 1
OSL 902081 OSL 02042 OSL 02081 Jan 1959 45'-2" Industrial Works May 1913 Oct 1974  
OSL 902082 OSL 02043 OSL 02082 Mar 1959 45'-2" Industrial Works Jul 1913 Oct 1974 2
  OSL 02044 OSL 02083   41'-2" OSL Pocatello Apr 1915 Nov 1941 3

General Notes:

a.

UP Form 70 #60, 1930 (four "cars"; OSL 02080-02089); #61, 1931 (four "cars"; OSL 02080-02089); #62, 1942 (OSL 02081, 02082); #63, 1943 (OSL 02081, 02082); #64, 1946 (OSL 02081, 02082); #65, 1951 (OSL 02081, 02082)

b. UP Equipment Record: r3-0214 (OSL 02050-02099); r3--0223 (OSL 02300-02349); r3-0287 (OSL 902050-902099); r3-0290 (OSL 02300-02349)

Notes:

1.

OSL 02080 was built as OSL 758, renumbered upon delivery to OSL 02041; renumbered to OSL 02080 in March 1922; sold to OWRR&N 0320 (2nd) in September 1931

2. OSL 02082 was converted to oil-burning in May 1957.
3. OSL 02083 was converted to Roadway Flat 02307 in November 1941, retired November 1957
   

UP Pile Driver
(builder, length and date, see below)

Road
Number
02900 Series
Number
03000 Series
Number
Date To
03000 Series
Date To
903000 Series
Length Builder Builder
Date
Date
Retired
UP 903110 UP 02805 UP 03110   Sep 1959 40' Industrial Works May 1916 Jul 1975
UP 903111 UP 02811 UP 03111 Mar 1919 May 1959 40' Industrial Works Jun 1916 Mar 1971
UP 903112   UP 03112   Mar 1959 45' Industrial Works Jul 1920 Jul 1975
UP 903113   UP 03113   Apr 1959   Industrial Brownhoist Corp. Apr 1931 Oct 1982
UP 903114   UP 03114   Dec 1959   Industrial Brownhoist Corp. Jun 1945 Apr 1982

General Notes:

a. UP Form 70 #60, 1930 (UP 03110, 03111, 03112); #61, 1931 (UP 03110, 03111, 03112); #62, 1942 (UP 03110, 03111, 03112, 03113); #63, 1943 (UP 03110, 03111, 03112, 03113, 03114); #64, 1946 (UP 03110, 03111, 03112, 03113, 03114); #65, 1951 (UP 03110, 03111, 03112, 03113, 03114)
b. UP Equipment Record: r3-0306 (UP 03100-03149); r3-0679 (UP 903100-903149)
   

LA&SL Pile Driver
(builder, length and date, see below)

Road
Number
First
Number
Second
Number
Date To
Second Number
Date To
900xxx Series
Length Builder Builder
Date
Date
Retired
Notes
  LA&SL 00500 LA&SL 010009 May 1922   38-10" LA&SL RR Nov 1913 May 1926  
  LA&SL 1 LA&SL 010010 Nov 1922   38'-10" Industrial Works Jan 1907 Sep 1935 1
LA&SL 910011   LA&SL 010011   Feb 1959 38'-10" Industrial Works Jul 1923 Oct 1972 2

General Notes:

a. UP Form 70 #60, 1930 (LA&SL 010010, 010011); #61, 1931 (LA&SL 010010, 010011); #62, 1942 (LA&SL 010011); #63, 1943 (LA&SL 010011); #64, 1946 (LA&SL 010011); #65, 1951 (LA&SL 010011)
b. UP Equipment Record: r3-0147 (LA&SL 010000-010049); r3-0175 (UP 910011)

Notes:

1. LA&SL 010010 was sold to "CC&C Ry."
2. LA&SL 910011 was sold to UP in October 1972

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