GP40 No. 3072
As of May 1999
This photo shows No. 3072 in Alamosa, CO, 5/14/1999. By this time it was not rated to lead trains-- it was configured as a "B" unit-- and was buried in the consist. It would be retired exactly a year after this photo, May 15, 2000.
Rio Grande's GP40's 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) Dual engine-room vents
(2) Sinclair antenna
(3) Leslie P3 air horn
(4) Sunshades. (see note at right)
(5) Handbrake, ratchet-style
(6) Missing speed recorder cable
(7) Bell, mounted according to typical Rio Grandepractice
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