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AMTRAK California has a fleet of 15 F59PHIs and two P32-8BWH from AMTRAK proper. Both class units are seen resting at the shops. Notice that GE has rear ditch lights, perhaps he runs long hood forward on occasion? (the F59PHIs dont have them)
Built in April 1952, this unit has seen many paint schemes and owners.
It started out as an SD7 with the Milwaukee Road numbered 2200. It was the upgraded to an SD10 and renumbered to 559.
Soo Line took over the unit after MILW's collapse in 1987 but keeping the unit numbered the same...
By the 1991 only two railroads were still buying new GE 4-axles: Santa Fe & AMTRAK. Nearly twenty years later they are still the last B Boats. Will GE ever bring them back? Note that both are class units. BNSF 1123-500-6261 (9-44CW/B40-8W/ES44AC wearing H1/H2/H3!) #1123 is last in his series.
Only on the Great Western - note the differences between former CN & P&W units:
- Larger fuel tank on CN
- Smaller GW decals on the cab, just the # under the window
- Different trucks
- Different radiator positions
- Horn on cab vs. center of the long-hood
- Lack of decal on long...
Unit 2001 was being set up for another run this morning at the UP yard in Ft. Worth, TX. This unit has been around the FT Worth area for the last week making short hauls. Excuse the weather, but Ill take overcast days here in Texas any day over the tornadoes they are getting in Oklahoma.
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