GP40-2 No. 3129
As of March 2002
This left-side view shows one of the two newest, and unique, GP40-2s on the Rio Grande's roster.
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.
Features unique to this group of GP40-2s:
(1) Sill is straight across, not notched upward like most earlier EMD hood units (including all other GP40-series on the Rio Grande).
(2) Rounded, jumbo anti-climber.
(3) Late-model, squared traction motor blower housing.
Other features of note:
(4) Frame-mounted bell, standard Rio Grande practice.
(5) SP-style ditch lights, although on lower stanchions than some other units.
(6) Low-nose headlight (Pyle Gyralight in this case) removed and plated over.
(7) Horn relocated to long hood, forward of the radiator fans. Many horn relocations place the horn behind the first radiator fan.
(8) Battery stains below the battery compartment-- an interesting weathering feature.
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