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Date: 12/26/21 14:42
SP Locomotive Data Books
Author: Westbound

Locomotive Data Books can be traced back to 1951 on the Southern Pacific, which then included both steam and diesel. Years later they were reduced to pocket size, measuring 5.375 x 3.25 inches. All SP diesel locomotives in service at the time were included in some 36 pages. Here are several pages from the 1987 edition. These were issued by the Mechanical Dept and could be quite handy in pre-computer days.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/26/21 14:46 by Westbound.








Date: 12/26/21 14:44
Re: SP Locomotive Data Books
Author: Westbound

And page 19, which includes the #4451, an SD9 that had been a problem for me as it was involved in several successive incidents within 10 days, ranging from striking a pedestrian to a serious crossing accident on the Western Division. 




Date: 12/26/21 22:10
Re: SP Locomotive Data Books
Author: ble692

Does anyone have a complete list of those that were published? I'm thinking I have most of them, but certainly not all of them. Here's a list of those that I know exist. Additions are most welcome.

Book format: 3/1/43, 2/1/55, 12/31/63, 6/30/66, 4/30/69
Booklet format: 10/1/63, 11/1/64, 6/1/66, 3/1/68, 5/1/69, 10/70, 1/72, 10/72, 2/74, 7/74, 1/75, 7/4/76, 1/1/77, 8/77, 1/78, 7/78, 4/79,10/1/79, 7/80, 2/1/81, 1/1/82, 1/84, 3/85, 1/86, 4/87, 7/88, 8/89, 8/90, 6/91, 7/93, 8/94, 2/96



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 02/05/22 15:52 by ble692.



Date: 01/02/22 08:28
Re: SP Locomotive Data Books
Author: TopCat

Those are very handy little books.  Does anyone know anyone who sells them anymore?  I looked on Ebay with no luck.

Top Cat



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