GP40-2 No. 3118

As of September 2004

This unit was heavily tagged by a graffiti "artist" on its right side in the late '90s.  Nevertheless, most of the original Rio Grande features may be discerned.

This view is the opposite (left) side, what used to be known as the fireman's side.

Rio Grande's GP40-2s came in several groups, as shown in this table.

Number Range Date Purchased Comments
3094 - 3105 Apr 1972 All GP40-2s delivered in the billboard "Rio Grande" scheme.
3106 - 3115 Dec 1972  
3116 - 3127 Sept 1974  
3128 Nov 1974 Replaced wrecked GP40 No. 3063.
3129 - 3130 1983 Also wreck replacements.  Have many updated features similar to EMD's GP50 model.

Specific information for individual units may be found on the Rio Grande Modeling & Historical Society's GP40-2 page.

  • The class lights have been removed from this end of the locomotive and blanked out.
  • UP-style ditch lights are installed on the rear end.
  • The red warning labels date from the SP era.  The fuel cut-off switch label on the sill is a UP addition.
  • The rear numberboard is original.
  • The horn has been relocated from the cab to the middle of the long hood, most likely during the SP era.  It also is no longer the original Nathan horn; it looks like a Leslie.


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