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Date: 12/12/12 08:31
North Platte memories: C855 & 2 unlettered UP units
Author: valmont

All my shots at North Platte ...

1. Alco C855 #61, one of the ABA set UP had on Feb. 8, 1970

2. U30C #2932 on Sept. 4, 1976

3. SD40-2 #3160 April 1, 1972








Date: 12/12/12 08:47
Re: North Platte memories: C855 & 2 unlettered UP units
Author: mopacrr

I was once told by a Mech Dept person the UP liked to letter its own units rather than EMD or GE. However, I am not sure that is true today.



Date: 12/12/12 08:50
Re: North Platte memories: C855 & 2 unlettered UP units
Author: Evan_Werkema

Amazing how much difference a couple of red stripes make. The GE and EMD were one and two months old respectively, and the Alco was six months from retirement.



Date: 12/12/12 09:03
Re: North Platte memories: C855 & 2 unlettered UP units
Author: SP8595

I never realized those unlettered engines actually ran out on the road that way but with exhaust smoke coming from the GE and road grime on the EMD, it looks like they ran that way more than just to the shop!



Date: 12/12/12 10:26
Re: North Platte memories: C855 & 2 unlettered UP units
Author: GRNDMND

SP8595 Wrote:
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> I never realized those unlettered engines actually
> ran out on the road that way but with exhaust
> smoke coming from the GE and road grime on the
> EMD, it looks like they ran that way more than
> just to the shop!


UP did this on several occasions. They needed the power asap and instructed the builders to paint and ship, we'll letter them at later date. They did present a strange appearance on the road for sure.

KC



Date: 12/12/12 13:47
Re: North Platte memories: C855 & 2 unlettered UP units
Author: SD45X

The 855s always looked like Alco was figuring out where to put stuff as they built it.



Date: 12/12/12 20:02
Re: North Platte memories: C855 & 2 unlettered UP units
Author: lwilton

What are those flat boxes along the hand railing on the Alco? Sand hoppers?



Date: 12/12/12 23:07
Re: North Platte memories: C855 & 2 unlettered UP units
Author: tracktime

lwilton Wrote:
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> What are those flat boxes along the hand railing
> on the Alco? Sand hoppers?

Yes. Those are the sand boxes.

Cheers,
Harry



Date: 12/14/12 16:06
Re: North Platte memories: C855 & 2 unlettered UP units
Author: PasadenaSub

Wow, I never realized that Alco had tried to build an answer to the U50 with the C855.



Date: 12/14/12 19:28
Re: North Platte memories: C855 & 2 unlettered UP units
Author: Evan_Werkema

PasadenaSub Wrote:

> Wow, I never realized that Alco had tried to build
> an answer to the U50 with the C855.

There were only three, two cabs and one booster. UP wanted to make sure Alco was up to the task before committing to a large order. They weren't. The U50's weren't anything to write home about, either, but UP took an order of them and came back for more in the incendiary, even shorter-lived U50C's.



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