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Date: 05/12/05 10:41
Those Espee SD7s
Author: TonyJ

For a short period of about five years the 42 Espee SD7s wore numbers in the 1400 series before upgrading and the assignment of new 1500 series numbers. Like their SD9s I liked their looks and sound. Here is SD7 #1404 next to Bayshore Roundhouse on April 7, 1975. - Tony J.




Date: 05/12/05 10:44
SP1407
Author: TonyJ

Roseville was a great place to see SD7s in yard duty. Here's SP1407 at Roseville on September 14, 1977. - Tony J.




Date: 05/12/05 10:46
SP1411
Author: TonyJ

SP1411 was interesting in that the SP paint shop gave it a scarlet red treatment all along the frame. Here is SP1411 next to the Tracy yard tower on March 20, 1975. - Tony J.




Date: 05/12/05 10:47
Sp1412
Author: TonyJ

SD7 SP1412 is next to SD45 SP8804 at the Roseville Diesel Shop on May 12, 1977. - Tony J.




Date: 05/12/05 10:49
SP1431
Author: TonyJ

Another regular SD7 assignment was for two work on locals around Anaheim, CA. Here is SP1431 and 1436 parked at Buena Park, CA. on April 22, 1977. - Tony J.




Date: 05/12/05 10:51
SP1421
Author: TonyJ

A nice early feature on the SD7s was the large "ash can" headlight. Here's SP1421 at Los Angeles on January 19, 1978. - Tony J.




Date: 05/12/05 10:53
SP1442
Author: TonyJ

SD7 SP1442 rests on the garden tracks at Bayshore Roundhouse on August 9, 1974. Notice the sideswipe damage to the cab of H-12-44 SP2351. - Tony J.




Date: 05/12/05 10:55
SP1442 (ouch)
Author: TonyJ

Sideswiping must be contagious as SP1442 got the treatment nearly two years after I took the previous photo. Here it is outside the Oakland Diesel Shop on July 22, 1976. - Tony J.




Date: 05/12/05 10:56
SP1432
Author: TonyJ

SD7 SP1432 at Los Angeles on January 19, 1978. - Tony J.




Date: 05/12/05 10:57
SP1418
Author: TonyJ

Two yard switching SD7s (SP1418 and 1423) at Roseville on May 12, 1977. - Tony J.




Date: 05/12/05 10:58
SP1419
Author: TonyJ

SD7 SP1419 at the San Jose roundhouse on August 29, 1974. - Tony J.




Date: 05/12/05 10:59
SP1441
Author: TonyJ

SD7 SP1441 switching a cut of cars at Antelope on September 14, 1977. - Tony J.




Date: 05/12/05 11:05
Re: SP1441
Author: WAF

1419 and 1442 were the Permanente's power out of Bayshore between 1976 and 1979 with 1420 filling in as needed.



Date: 05/12/05 18:00
SD-7 in Los Gatos
Author: OnTrackEd

1959, I'm pretty sure it's an SD-7 (with gallery cars in tow), and definitely taken in Los Gatos. I believe this might have been the last or among the last) trains into town. Fuzzy image from a plaque in town, the real photo exists in the Los Gatos Museum Association archives. The "Ferroequinologist" covered this topic with several photos also of the ceremonies held when the town let the railroad out for parking. Service to Vasona by way of Mayfield (California Ave.) I believe ended in 1964, when Foothill Expressway severed the upper end of the line.





Date: 05/12/05 19:45
Re: SD-7 in Los Gatos
Author: topper

OnTrackEd Wrote:
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> I'm pretty sure it's an SD-7 (with gallery
> cars in tow), and definitely taken in Los Gatos.

Actually, this one's an SD9, but the subject is definitely interesting in any event.

Thanks for posting it.



Date: 05/13/05 17:43
Re: SD-7 in Los Gatos
Author: espeeboy

note that both 1407 and 1441 have some nice passenger 5-chimes up top. Those two must have sounded nice working freight...



Date: 05/13/05 20:01
Re: SD-7 in Los Gatos
Author: topper

espeeboy Wrote:
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> note that both 1407 and 1441 have some nice
> passenger 5-chimes up top. Those two must have
> sounded nice working freight...

Quite a few SD7s and SD9s received Nathan M5R24s back in the Sixties.

The SD7s all lost their during their remanufacturings, but several of the SD9Es kept their for several years afterwards. 4316 and 4346 are two that I recall.





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