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Not enough to clear the turnout

This SP local is in a minor jam. It was trying to run-around its train by allowing the cars to roll downhill via gravity. A crew member was using the handbrakes to avoid a runaway. The problem; the cut didn't roll far enough to clear the turnout. The SD-9 gingerly crept forward to nudge (tap) the cars in motion without running through the switch.
This loco was built in 4/1954 with EMD construction number 19453. It was built as a reserve passenger engine with steam generator. It was painted in standard for the time "black widow" colors and was delivered with barrel oscillating and twin sealed beam headlights at each end.

She was assigned number SP 3823 in the 1965 system renumbering.

Note the non-standard nose repaint prior to being GRIP'd.

She entered the GRIP program and emerged as SP 4313 on 10/26/1970.



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