Southern Pacific

in the

Mountain Time Zone



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Four-axle Units
Six-axle Units
Rolling Stock
Portraits and Landscapes
AC4400 Tribute
Photo Essays
Southern Pacific in Tucson
Old and New on the Moffat (1994)
Glenwood Springs 1995 - SP
SPL in Colorado
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Updates to the SP section

Back to the Front Door
The Southern Pacific Railroad was one of the oldest surviving companies in the United States by the late 1980s.  However, it had been struggling financially for a couple of decades.  Seeking relief, SP and the AT&SF Railway attempted to merge in 1984.  When this merger was unexpectedly denied by the Interstate Commerce Commission, the SP system drifted until the Denver and Rio Grande Western's owners acquired the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1988 and merged the lines-- a process that required several years to implement.  Right when the system had begun to gel and to turn a profit, the new Southern Pacific Lines was sold to Union Pacific (1996).  Now, all Southern Pacific lines are part of UP (except for parts that have been spun off to shortline operators).  The SP is gone, but certainly not forgotten.

This site is primarily a collection of photographs taken at the very end of Southern Pacific's life, mostly during the SPL era.  It is not an attempt to comprehensively cover the system (this page is far more authoritative).  Rather, it's to give you a flavor of later Espee operations.  Never having traveled to California during SP's existence, I have no photos of the western part of the system.  Instead, this is a sampling from Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico.   You will see equipment from SP and SSW (Cotton Belt), often mixed in with D&RGW or UP.

Locomotive and rolling stock photos are grouped by general category within the links at left.  Also visit the essay pages-- they tell the story around many of the photographs found on the topical pages.



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