Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Willamette & Pacific GP9R #1803 "Sherwood" in Rainier, Oregon, in June 1998

Willamette & Pacific GP9R #1803 "Sherwood" in Rainier, Oregon, in June 1998.

Admittedly, this is not a very good picture, but this is Willamette & Pacific GP9R #1803 Sherwood in Rainier, Oregon, in June 1998. This was the largest locomotive to run through Rainier since Portland & Western had taken over the line from Burlington Northern Santa Fe a year earlier. This locomotive was originally built by the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors in January 1957 as Southern Pacific GP9 #5739. In Southern Pacific's system-wide renumbering of 1965 it became Southern Pacific #3579. On June 29, 1976, it was rebuilt at Southern Pacific's Sacramento Shops to a GP9R and was renumbered to Southern Pacific #3790. It retained its original 1,750-horsepower rating after the rebuilding. Southern Pacific retired the locomotive in March 1987, and it was sold on March 13, 1987 to the Louisiana & Delta (another railroad owned by Genesee & Wyoming like the Willamette & Pacific and the Portland & Western) where it was renumbered to #1752. In 1994, it was transferred to the Willamette & Pacific, becoming #1803.

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