Were all SD9's built with a high hood and then some were later converted like this one or were there some SD9's that came from the factory like this one.
I think that there were a few GP-9s delivered with low noses near the end of production of that model.
Yes, Southern Pacific had 20 GP9s that were delivered with low noses straight from La Grange.
I remember the days of sitting at Yardley and watching the old SD9s still in BN paint switch cars. It used to be that 6198, 6195, and 6138 were always in or near the yard.
Interesting little switcher. Is it normally in service on the Marshall to Pullman branch of the W&I Railroad?
Nice catch of the SD9 too. I remember the days of sitting at Yardley and watching the old SD9s still in BN paint switch cars. It used to be that 6198, 6195, and 6138 were always in or near the yard. Times sure have changed.
Westbnsf, the reporting mark on the switcher is WRIX whereas the Washington and Idaho Railway's reporting mark is WIR, so I believe this is a newly rebuilt locomotive on its way out from Western Rail, Inc. in Airway Heights. This is the first time that I have seen this particular switcher, so perhaps Bruce Butler could fill us in on the details.
We had a similar SD-9 here in Seattle working the hump and Balmer Yard until last year. It's now gone as are most other first generation EMD's on BNSF.
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