GP40-2 No. 3130
As of December 1988
This right-side view shows one of the two newest, and unique, GP40-2s on the Rio Grande's roster. She is leading a westbound manifest out of tunnel 1 on 12/24/1988. The shadows are unfortunate, but you can see the front half of the locomotive fairly well. This image dates from about two months after the merger with the Southern Pacific, and locomotive modifications have not yet started.
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.
(1) Dynamic brake blister: contrast the right side seen here with the left side on the 3129 photo.
(2) Rounded, jumbo anti-climber.
(3) Leslie P-3 air horn.
(4) Hatch on top of nose.
(5) Pyle Gyralite.
(6) Sill is straight across, not notched upward like most earlier EMD hood units (including all other GP40-series on the Rio Grande).
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