F9A No. 5771
As of April 1984
This photo shows No. 5771 leading the eastbound Ski Train in early April 1984. As far as I know, this was the last run of the Ski Train powered by the F9 trio. This photo is a "grab" shot that I'm very glad to have now. This photo was scanned from the negative.
Rio Grande only purchased two F9As and four F9Bs, but they share many details in common with other F-units in the fleet.
|Number Range||Date Purchased||Comments|
|5771, 5774||Sept 1955||5771 was last operating F unit, ran on Rio Grande Zephyr, deadlined 1984. 5774 wrecked 3/1968.|
|5762 - 5763||Sept 1955||Last operating "B" units, ran on Rio Grande Zephyr, deadlined 1984.|
|5772 - 5773||Sept 1955||5772 wrecked 7/1965; 5773 wrecked 3/1968.|
Specific information for individual units may be found on the Rio Grande Modeling & Historical Society's F9 page.
(1) Toe hold and matching grab iron.
(2) Grab irons on left front and across nose.
(3) Multiple-unit connections.
(4) Faded anti-glare paint on top of nose.
(5) Grab irons above windshields.
(6) Radio Antenna.
(7) Black/yellow separation: it's an arc, not pointed.
(8) Nathan M-3 (three-chime) horn installed in right-hand position. Note the blanked horn mount on left side.
(9) 48" dynamic brake fan, mounted in flat recess in the roof.
(10) Externally-mounted air cooling coil for the airbrake compressor system.
(11) Spark arrestors: one on each stack (2).
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