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Date: 11/23/22 21:02
WP Wednesday - San Franncisco
Author: rattenne

Three views of Western Pacific SW1500 #1502 while tied up at the 25th St. Yard in San Francisco on April 2, 1984. I had just finished chasing the switch job around for an hour and took these as my final photos of the WP in San Francisco. The next time I visited, on November 11, 1984, all of the SW1500s had been repainted yellow. I chased UP 1501 for an hour or so on that date and that was the last time I shot WP trackage in The City.








Date: 11/24/22 08:12
Re: WP Wednesday - San Franncisco
Author: texchief1

Nicce shots!

RC Lundgren
Elgin, TX



Date: 11/24/22 09:10
Re: WP Wednesday - San Franncisco
Author: FiveChime

That M5 horn on 1501 must of sounded great moving around amonst the rail served buildings in SF.
Regards, Jim Evans



Date: 11/24/22 10:23
Re: WP Wednesday - San Franncisco
Author: rattenne

Interestingly, somehow UP missed pulling the 5-chimers off that unit. By 1984 all of the former WP units had the M5s pulled and replaced by UP's terrible sounding horns.



Date: 11/24/22 11:11
Re: WP Wednesday - San Franncisco
Author: phthithu

Great shots, Ken. Glad you took advantage of the WP in San Francisco when it was still around. You got some great pictures. 



Date: 11/24/22 14:04
Re: WP Wednesday - San Franncisco
Author: gonx

I still recall the wise decision UP made to get rid of the sw1500~ the infamous trackmobile debacle.

Between poor service and increased rates, UP worked hard to run off the reamining customers in the city.



Date: 11/24/22 14:05
Re: WP Wednesday - San Franncisco
Author: TomG

I find it interesting that from 1952 on every locomotive on the WP came with a M5 including the SW9s, yet the SW1500s came delivered with a single horn over the front windows. Then took the trouble to change it to a M5 with all trumpets facing forward under the cab lip only to finally put it on the roof like the other SWs.

Tom
Weaverville, CA



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