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Date: 10/27/20 10:20
UP GP-15 Locomotive Auction
Author: EMDSW-1

UP is disposing of 25 GP15-1 locomotives in East St. Louis on November 5th. Also to be auctioned are 50+ pallets locomotive parts, 8 Cummins QSK19 Gen Sets and 13 GE RCL Kits. 

Looks like UP is done with low horsepower units as well as phasing out their their love for gensets in favor of "real" locomotives!

Dick Samuels
Oregon Pacific Railroad



Date: 10/27/20 10:29
Re: UP GP-15 Locomotive Auction
Author: RRTom

What are they going to use to switch the Metra yards and North Western Station?
I know, they want to exit that business...



Date: 10/27/20 10:44
Re: UP GP-15 Locomotive Auction
Author: ble692

The GP15-1 that are being sold have been stored out of service for some time. Some upwards of 5 years. They will bring some decent $$$ at auction as opposed to 6 axle units, so apparently the UP was willing to part with them, as opposed to settling for scrap prices on 6 axle units.



Date: 10/27/20 11:41
Re: UP GP-15 Locomotive Auction
Author: pdt

Have seen UP using road units (C44-9's and larger) for transfer runs, and anything larger than a true local.  Locals (the ones that switch industries, not haulers or transfer jobs)  ...mostly GP-60's in Calif that I've seen.  and some SD-70m's.    I guess they still have the GP-40's, 38's, and 15's somewhere..  Lots of 38 and 15's were sold off a while ago...



Date: 10/27/20 11:47
Re: UP GP-15 Locomotive Auction
Author: Zephyr

UPRR is also using SD59Ms on locals in Northern California, mainly out of and near Roseville.



Date: 10/27/20 12:09
Re: UP GP-15 Locomotive Auction
Author: EMDSW-1

ble692 Wrote:
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> The GP15-1 that are being sold have been stored
> out of service for some time. Some upwards of 5
> years. They will bring some decent $$$ at auction
> as opposed to 6 axle units, so apparently the UP
> was willing to part with them, as opposed to
> settling for scrap prices on 6 axle units.

Should be popular with shortlines / grain elevators / etc with the 12 cylinder 645 prime movers.

EMDSW-1



Date: 10/27/20 17:46
Re: UP GP-15 Locomotive Auction
Author: RailFanAZ

The Casa Grande (Arizona) local now uses 2x SD-70Ms for their work instead of 2x GP38s or a GP40.

Christi Rossi
RailFanning UP & BNSF In CA, AZ
RailFanAZ.com



Date: 10/27/20 18:44
Re: UP GP-15 Locomotive Auction
Author: Milwaukee

The last time I was up close to a UP GP15-1, it's top coat of paint was flaking off and I could see some nice Jenks Blue reappearing.



Date: 10/28/20 00:28
Re: UP GP-15 Locomotive Auction
Author: dan

UP studies what locos will bring cash



Date: 10/28/20 03:35
Re: UP GP-15 Locomotive Auction
Author: Evan_Werkema

pdt Wrote:

> Locals (the ones that switch industries,
> not haulers or transfer jobs)  ...mostly GP-60's
> in Calif that I've seen.  and some
> SD-70m's.    I guess they still have the
> GP-40's, 38's, and 15's somewhere.

The Chino Local (LOB29) was using a GP15-1 sandwiched by a pair of GP40-2's earlier this month, and may still be (UP 1464, UPY 699, UP 1413).  The LOB40 out of Arlington was using GP38-2 663 with GP60 1064 last weekend.



Date: 10/28/20 07:16
Re: UP GP-15 Locomotive Auction
Author: ns1000

dan Wrote:
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> UP studies what locos will bring cash


Yeah....instead of looking for customers that would GROW the business and produce sustainability into the future...??!!

No surprise though...other RRs have been dumping the GP15s.

Posted from Android



Date: 10/28/20 10:34
Re: UP GP-15 Locomotive Auction
Author: junctiontower

I used to see them around Dolton and Yard Center a lot.  Are those gone now?



Date: 10/28/20 14:01
Re: UP GP-15 Locomotive Auction
Author: wingomann

What is the advantage of a GP15 over a MP15?  I just compared the tractive effort and the MP15 wins at 48,800 vs the GP15's 47,000. 



Date: 10/28/20 14:43
Re: UP GP-15 Locomotive Auction
Author: PacificElectric1961

I saw the GP-15 in Chino this Monday.



Date: 10/28/20 17:53
Re: UP GP-15 Locomotive Auction
Author: EMDSW-1

wingomann Wrote:
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> What is the advantage of a GP15 over a MP15?  I
> just compared the tractive effort and the MP15
> wins at 48,800 vs the GP15's 47,000. 

Possibly because they have room for a toilet which may be required under certain conditions.

SW-1 



Date: 10/29/20 02:04
Re: UP GP-15 Locomotive Auction
Author: SP_8299

EMDSW-1 Wrote:
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> wingomann Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > What is the advantage of a GP15 over a MP15? 
> I
> > just compared the tractive effort and the MP15
> > wins at 48,800 vs the GP15's 47,000. 
>
> Possibly because they have room for a toilet which
> may be required under certain conditions.
>
> SW-1 

MP15s had space for an optional toilet.



Date: 10/29/20 07:31
Re: UP GP-15 Locomotive Auction
Author: sixaxlecentury

SP_8299 Wrote:
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> EMDSW-1 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > wingomann Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > What is the advantage of a GP15 over a
> MP15? 
> > I
> > > just compared the tractive effort and the
> MP15
> > > wins at 48,800 vs the GP15's 47,000. 
> >
> > Possibly because they have room for a toilet
> which
> > may be required under certain conditions.
> >
> > SW-1 
>
> MP15s had space for an optional toilet.


Yup, just pulled one out and used the spot for a block heater.  



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