GP40 No. 3051
As of December 1988
This photo shows No. 3051 and another GP40, trailing units on a westbound manifest freight on the morning of 12/24/1988. I don't know what the number is of the last unit, but we can deduce by the fans that it is indeed a GP40, and numbered between 3051-3080 based on the paint scheme and the extra roof vent. This image is a detail from the scanned negative.
Rio Grande's GP40s came in several groups, as shown in this table.
|Number Range||Date Purchased||Comments|
|3051 - 3063||Jan 1966||Demoted to B-unit status, 1972|
|3064 - 3068||Sept 1966||Demoted to B-unit status, 1972|
|3069 - 3080||Feb 1967||3069-3075 demoted to B-unit status, 1972|
|3081 - 3085||Oct 1969||Delivered in Billboard "Rio Grande" lettering|
|3086 - 3093||Nov 1971||Delivered in Billboard "Rio Grande" lettering|
|3131 - 3153||1983||Purchased second-hand from Conrail. Had temporary unit numbers until repainted 1984-1985.|
Specific information for individual units may be found on the Rio Grande Modeling & Historical Society's GP40 page.
(1) Roof vents .
(2) Rerail frog, on each side.
(3) Mars light.
(4) Nathan M3 horn.
(5) Cab sunshade missing-- cab looks bare inside.
(6) Small flying Rio Grande lettering
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