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Union Pacific Locomotive Fleet Changes

April and May 1997

(as 26 June 1997)

During April and May, General Electric delivered 42 new C44ACs. Numbers 6570-6581 were delivered between 7Apr1997 and 29Apr1997. Numbers 6575-6612 were delivered between 1May1997 and 28May1997.

General Motors delivered 29 new EMD SD9043ACs. Twenty-two units, to number 8139, arrived between 3Apr1997 and 25Apr1997. An additional 17 units, to number 8156, arrived between 9May1997 and 30May1997.

On 1May1997, Union Pacific took formal ownership 140 ex-D&RGW units (134 freight and six switch units). This total includes four GP30s, 24 GP40s, 35 GP40-2s, three GP60s, three SD45s, 55 SD40T-2s, 10 SD50s, three SW1200s, and three SW1000s. This 1May total does not include three GP40s, 13 SD40T-2s, and seven SD50s previously repainted to SP. At the time of the UP/SP merger in September 1996, there were 201 former D&RGW units on SP, including: five SW1200s; five SW1000s; eight GP30s; two GP35s; 41 GP40s (including two already repainted to SP); 35 GP40-2s; three GP60s; 11 SD45s; 71 SD40T-2s; 17 SD50s (including seven already repainted to SP); and the three cab units, D&RGW 5762, 5763, and 5771. The current renumbering plan includes number slots for 153 former D&RGW units, including: 29 GP40s (UP 718-745); 69 SD40T-2s (UP 4000-4068); 17 SD50s (UP 5095-5111); 35 GP40-2s (UP 5242-5272; 5345-5348); and three GP60s (UP 5700-5702). The reason for the three different totals, 140, 153, and 201 is not known at this time.

The GP38-2 long-term lease fleet was increased by 12 units; four in April and eight in May. Four delivered in April (UP 1834, 1835, 1837, 1837) and four delivered in May (UP 1830, 1831, 1843, 1844) are ex-HATX (Helm Atlantic) 200-class units, and were all originally Missouri Pacific units, most of which received UP numbers prior to being returned to the lessor in March and April 1994. These eight units brings the total to nine units received from an eventual total of 17 ex-HATX units. The second group of four units delivered in May (UP 1918, 1930, 1951, 1960) are the first of an eventual total of 61 units that are being leased from EMD. These 61 units in the EMD 700- and 800-series, are all ex-CR/PC, and are a part of a 100-unit fleet seeing nationwide lease service since 1987.

Six additional GP38-3 leased units arrived from the rebuild program at Motive Power Industries (formerly MK Rail) at Boise, Idaho. UP 2511-2514 arrived in April, and UP 2411 and 2412 arrived in May. UP 2511 and 2512 are ex-CSXT GP40s 6544 and 6806. UP 2513 and 2514 are ex-D&RGW GP40s 3069 and 3083. UP 2411 is rebuilt from ex-CSXT GP38-2 9652, and UP 2412 is rebuilt from ex-CSXT GP38-2 2027. MPI's model designation for these units is GP38M-3.

Four more leased SW1500s in the 1000-class were delivered during April. As with 11 of the earlier-delivered units, these four newest units (UP 1022, 1024, 1025, 1026) are also ex-Norfolk Southern units, reconditioned by Metro-East Industries of East St. Louis, Illinois

A third former California Northern GP15-1 also arrived in April. UP 1544 is said to formerly be CFNR 103, ex-C&NW 4414 prior to that unit's return to lessor GMAC in March 1992, and subsequent lease to CFNR in October 1993.

As mentioned in the most recent issue of Diesel Era (Vol. 8, No. 4, pg. 2) Union Pacific has received 10 General Electric C44ACs from General Electric (GECX) as warranty protection units. GECX 4000-4009 were delivered between 7Apr1997 and 19Apr1997. These units are fully painted in UP yellow and gray, with red GECX lettering, and immediately entered service in Wyoming's Powder River basin.

The SD40-2 Life Extension fleet was increased by one unit when UP SD40-2R 3537 was completed on 15April1997.

The SD50M program continues with UP 5005 completed on 7Apr1997 and UP 5061 (ex-C&NW 7001) was completed on 5May1997.

Much of UP's short-term leased units were returned to their lessors on 30Apr1997. Included were EMD SD70Ms 7000-7024 (25 units), GECX SC30-7s 3000-3010 (11 units), GECX (ATSF) C30-7s 8001-8095 (17 units), GECX (CR) C39-8s 6000-6019 (15 units), LMS (CR) C40-8Ws 700-714 (15 units), and CR C30-7s 500-568 (35 units) and 6600-6609 (7 units). A total of 115 units.

Possibly the most news-worthy item in this report is UP's retirement of 58 ex-SP, SSW, and D&RGW units. Twenty-six units were retired on 28Apr1997, including: D&RGW GP30s 3007 and 3008; D&RGW SD45s 5323 and 5328; SP SD7 1508; S3-2B road slugs 1602 and 1610; GP9s 3194, 3338, 3421, 3800, and 3842; SD9s 4338, 4390, 4407, 4415, 4436, 4450; GP35s 6307, 6333, 6343, 6351, and 6354; SD45T-2 9257; and SSW SW1200s 2251 and 2293. Another 32 units were retired during May, including: D&RGW GP40 3081; SP SD7s 1503, 1519, and 1524; SW1200 2277; SD35M 2966; GP9s 3789 and 3880; SD9s 4313 and 4371; GP35 6359; SD45T-2s 6794, 6817, 6835, 9195, 9242, 9313, and 9348; SD40Rs (called SD45-2s by UP) 7410, 7418, 7448, 7464, 7509, and 7522; B36-7s 7755, 7757, 7760, 7761, 7767, 7768, and 7769; and SSW SD45T-2 9374.

All of UP's 6000 HP locomotives have been assigned new number series, to keep their number series above the growing fleet of convertible units. The SD90ACs from EMD will be delivered in the new 8500 series, and the new C60ACs from GE will be delivered in the 7500 series. The ten C60ACs currently on the property (UP 7000-7009, delivered in November and December 1996) will be renumbered to the 7500 series.

Renumbered units for April and May include (in order of new UP numbers):

New
Number
Old
Number
Model Date Notes
UP 415 UP 2415 C30-7 16May1997  
UP 469 UP 2472 C30-7 14May1997  
UP 509 UP 2515 C30-7 29May1997  
UP 603 UP 2603 C36-7 23Apr1997 (ex-UP 9003, nee MP 9003)
UP 635 UP 9035 C36-7 7May1997  
UP 1074 SP 2468 SW1500 14May1997  
UP 1077 SP 2471 SW1500 22May1997  
UP 1090 SP 2493 SW1500 7May1997  
UP 1095 SP 2499 SW1500 18Feb1997 (reported late)
UP 1100 SP 2507 SW1500 13May1997  
UP 1109 SP 2523 SW1500 8Apr1997  
UP 1128 SP 2544 SW1500 15Apr1997  
UP 1133 SP 2549 SW1500 16May1997  
UP 1135 SP 2551 SW1500 15Apr1997  
UP 1162 SP 2591 SW1500 15Apr1997  
UP 1195 SP 2624 SW1500 18Feb1997 (reported late)
UP 1198 SP 2654 SW1500 4Apr1997  
UP 1548 C&NW 4403 GP15-1 29Apr1997  
UP 1796 UP 19 GP38-2 4Apr1997 (ex-UP1996, nee MKT 340)
UP 1971 SP 4845 GP38-2 28Apr1997  
UP 2083 SP 4820 GP38-2 24Apr1997  
UP 2814 C&NW 6658 SD38-2 29Apr1997  
UP 2957 C&NW 6808 SD40-2 28Apr1997  
UP 2961 C&NW 6812 SD40-2 7May1997  
UP 2993 C&NW 6861 SD40-2 22May1997  
UP 3018 C&NW 6837 SD40-2 10Apr1997  
UP 3041 C&NW 6876 SD40-2 16Apr1997  
UP 3054 C&NW 6889 SD40-2 23Apr1997  
UP 4425 SP 8364 SD40T-2 13May1997  
UP 4462 SP 8330 SD40T-2 15Apr1997  
UP 4555 SP 8291 SD40T-2 15Apr1997  
UP 5090 C&NW 7030 SD50 9May1997  
UP 5245 D&RGW 3122 GP40-2 27May1997  
UP 5310 SSW 7657 GP40-2 19May1997  
UP 5347 D&RGW 3095 GP40-2 12May1997  
UP 5548 UP 939 GP50 22May1997 (ex-C&NW 5066)
UP 5583 UP 985 GP50 13May1997  
UP 5584 UP 986 GP50 28Apr1997  
UP 5836 SP 9737 GP60 30Mar1997 (reported late)
UP 5842 SP 9743 GP60 8May1997  
UP 5946 C&NW 8001 SD60 11Apr1997  
UP 5957 C&NW 8026 SD60 9May1997  
UP 5974 C&NW 8010 SD60 23Apr1997  
UP 5981 C&NW 8021 SD60 16Apr1997  
UP 9632 SP 8168 C44-9 15May1997  
UP 9697 C&NW 8633 C44-9W 15May1997  

Correction: In two separate issues of Diesel Era (Vol. 8, No.1, pg. 5; and Vol. 8, No. 2, pg. 58) reference was made to newly leased SW1500 number 1011 being ex-UP 1315, nee WP 1501. UP SW1500 1011 is the former Norfolk Southern number 78, originally Kentucky & Indiana Terminal 78. The history of UP 1011 was furnished to UP by Helm immediately prior to its lease coming into effect in September 1996. UP 1315, purchased by UP in January 1989 after its original capital lease expired, has never left UP tracks and would not have been available for lease to UP as part of the new 1000-1035 group of units being leased from Helm. UP 1315 has been assigned UP 1040 as its new post-SP merger number.

Correction: In the most recent issue of Diesel Era (Vol. 8, No. 4, pg. 56), in a report of UP's newest C44AC locomotives from GE, a statement was made that UP 6550-6559 are part of a group of 4,390 HP locomotives that will be converted at a later time to 6,000 HP. This is wrong. Only the 70-unit group of C6044ACs, numbered from UP 7010-7979, delivered in November and December 1995, and August and September 1996, are convertible from 4,390 HP to 6,000 HP.

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