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Date: 09/14/21 17:18
SP 2682 on the Crockett Rocket
Author: ssloansjca

Southern Pacific (SP) SW1500 2682 is the sole power on the Crockett Rocket, heading west near Crockett, CA in May 1977.
SP 2682 is an SW1500. It's from SP Class ES415-6. Reportedly: (sources include Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series) it was built in 1973 as SP 2682, SP Class ES415-6, serial number 4608-40.
Disposition: reportedly, it became UP 1227, then UPY 1227, then NREX 1227.


I hope you enjoy this post:

Steve Sloan
San José, CA
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About my sources and the information presented here:

http://www.ssloan.net/trains/sources

EDIT -> Fixed Typos



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/14/21 17:35 by ssloansjca.




Date: 09/14/21 17:51
Re: SP 2682 on the Crockett Rocket
Author: atsf121

Great photo of the Crockett Rocket. I remember seeing those Cruds all over the Bay Area as a kid.

Nathan

Posted from iPhone



Date: 09/14/21 21:00
Re: SP 2682 on the Crockett Rocket
Author: ChrisCampi

atsf121 Wrote:
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> Great photo of the Crockett Rocket. I remember
> seeing those Cruds all over the Bay Area as a kid.
>
>
> Nathan
>
> Posted from iPhone

Yep, me to. Looks good and sounds good!



Date: 09/15/21 08:04
Re: SP 2682 on the Crockett Rocket
Author: WP-M2051

atsf121 Wrote:
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> Great photo of the Crockett Rocket. I remember
> seeing those Cruds all over the Bay Area as a kid.
>
>
> Nathan
>
> Posted from iPhone

Not "cruds".  Very good switch engines.



Date: 09/15/21 08:24
Re: SP 2682 on the Crockett Rocket
Author: ExStarlightHog

I don't recall the Crockett Rocket, but I do remember the Rocklin Rocket when I was working 5 & 6. 



Date: 09/15/21 09:01
Re: SP 2682 on the Crockett Rocket
Author: WAF

There was the Double Track Local, then the Crockett Rocket



Date: 09/15/21 09:02
Re: SP 2682 on the Crockett Rocket
Author: tehachapifan

WP-M2051 Wrote:
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> atsf121 Wrote:

> .....Not "cruds".  Very good switch engines.

I thought the "crud" moniker came about after the SW1500's became so prolific that railfans would say something like; "crud, here comes another SW1500."

Perhaps this was just an internet rumor.

 



Date: 09/15/21 09:06
Re: SP 2682 on the Crockett Rocket
Author: ssloansjca

Thanks for the comments folks. We called them cruds not because they were bad switch engines. They were great switch engines. My dad was a Western Division Hoghead and he really liked them. We called them cruds because they were ubiquitous and they replaced all the F-M, ALCo, BLH switchers. They were so common we'd often not photograph them. I would, maybe, take a picture of them with the black and white camera because,  black and white was cheaper and, well, it was just a crud...

~Steve Sloan

Photo - SP 2524 an SW1500 at the diamonds in Stockton, CA, on Sunday, April 8, 1973.

According to good sources, including Strapac's fantastic SP Compendium series, SP 2524 was built in 1969 by EMD as a model SW1500, SP 2524, SP Class ES415-3, builder's number 35217.
The disposition of this locomotive is, was assigned number UP 1110, sold unrenumbered to Railserve 2524, renumbered Rail Switching Service 5524, assigned to SC Johnson Waxdale in Sturtevant, WI.
 




Date: 09/15/21 10:49
Re: SP 2682 on the Crockett Rocket
Author: PHall

SP's habit of not washing units during it's last couple of decades added to the crud moniker.



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