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UP SD40-2 3376 Gets Around

February 2, 2010

You’ve seen posts from the “I get around” category before. It’s where I’ll have 2 shots of the same unit, but in different locations. Today, as that guy in an apron likes to say, “We’re going to kick it up a notch”.

UP 3376 and 4 more SD40-2's with an EB at Colton, CA on July 7, 1987

A solid set of UP SD-40-2’s – the last thing a railfan wanted to see on a UP train back in 1987 as that’s what every UP train seemed to have at the time. The passage of time has mellowed my feelings about the once ubiquitous SD40-2

UP 3376 and 3 MKT engines at Eureka Yard in Houston on Nov. 27, 1988

14 months later I saw the 3376 on the ready track at Eureka Yard, the ex-MKT yard about 5 miles west of downtown.

I’m guessing that’s 50 years of spilled oil and diesel in the foreground here at Eureka. Say what you want about the EPA, I’m glad that railroads had to clean up the ground at their engine facilities.

UP 3376 and two leased engines at Neff Yard in Kansas City

In the  final view, the 3376 is pulling adjacent to the engine facility at Neff Yard, the ex-MP yard in Kansas City on March 8, 1989.

This particular SD40-2 was retired by the UP on Feb. 17, 2009, just shy of 32 years after entering service on the UP.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 25, 2010 3:56 pm

    Wonderful Blog, I’ve been reading it all afternoon. I was wondering if you have any good photos of that ex-ICG GP-38 third in the consist in the above photo? I’m trying to model that very unit, and any and all photos of those units would be helpful. Thanks!

    • April 25, 2010 8:22 pm

      The third unit is the MKT 333. If that’s the one you’re looking for, I do have 2 shots of the right side. Let me know…

  2. April 25, 2010 10:01 pm

    Yes! That’s the one. I’d love to see it as soon as you can. Thanks!

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