"New" power on UP Portland transfers?

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Until a few weeks ago, power on UP transfer runs over Steel Bridge between Lake (BNSF) and Albina (UP) yards was usually GP38/39, sometimes a SD40-2 (#3590) and the occasional MP15.

Now, though, it's consistently a two-unit C40-8 set. Does this mean four-axle UP power is history on this run?



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That is an odd one. Here in Roseville a while back we recieved a bunch of GP60's from Texas to replace our GP38's on the locals. They want to get away from roots blown units on the locals. That's why we recieved the GP's because Texas recieved a bunch of RP GenSet's. My guess (and purely a guess) is that they were looking for units to replace your roots blown units. But that doesn't explain why you aren't seeing the SD40's.


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I'm just wondering if they shipped off the GP38's and GP40's to Jenks for an overhaul...???


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