Southern Pacific Historic Diesels Volume 14 EMD SD45T-2 Locomotives
Southern Pacific Historic Diesels Volume 14 EMD SD45T-2 Locomotives
Southern Pacific Historic Diesels Volume 14 EMD SD45T-2 Locomotives
Southern Pacific Historic Diesels Volume 14 EMD SD45T-2 Locomotives
Southern Pacific Historic Diesels Volume 14 EMD SD45T-2 Locomotives

Southern Pacific Historic Diesels Volume 14 EMD SD45T-2 Locomotives

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Southern Pacific Historic Diesels Volume 14 EMD SD45T-2 Locomotives
 
Southern Pacific Historic Diesels Volume 14
Joseph A. Strapac
Soft Cover
128 pages
Copyright 2008
Table of Contents
1Introduction3
2The First Generation: 9157-930316
3The Second Generation:52
4Upgraded SD45T-2 Locomotives78
51986: SPSF Paint100
61988: Ownership by Rio Grande Industries108
7The Union Pacific Era116
8Tunnel Motor Graduates122
Introduction
As has often been mentioned in these pages, the Southern Pacific spent millions and millions of dollars to improve
the diesel locomotive-frequently signing orders sight-unseen for "the next big thing" in locomotive technology. SP was a vital force in the revolutionary events of the 1960s and 1970s, often engaging in shouting matches with the locomotive builders, but then ordering hundreds of new locomotives. The industry listened to the Southern Pacific.
For instance, the idea for "tunnel motor" radiators did not arrive in a flash. Engineers had long known that lower air intakes delivered cooler air to the radiators: in the 1940s and 1950s, Baldwin roadswitchers were built with low-level air intakes; General Electric adopted a similar airflow plan for its U-series locomotives. SP had to modify its first hydraulic-drive diesels after realizing that even these exotic machines were suffering engine damage from hot air ingested at roof level in tunnels and snowsheds.

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