Status of the GP7s and GP9s

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Re: Status of the GP7s and GP9s

Postby thebigham » Sat Mar 31, 2012 9:12 pm

^Bill Gingrich's roster says GP9 #54 was scrapped in December.
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Re: Status of the GP7s and GP9s

Postby KSmitty » Sat Mar 31, 2012 9:42 pm

newpylong wrote:is 54 scrapped? I had that unit for almost 6 months on a local... Was a good engine.


It was removed from Bill Gingrich's monthly locomotive summary a few months back, leading me to suspect it is gone. I'm sad to see it gone, was my first cab ride!
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Re: Status of the GP7s and GP9s

Postby jaymac » Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:28 am

On 04-05-2012, the 72 was still half the hump switcher. The other and westerly half was the 347. Will Big G gray ever qualify as a heritage paint scheme?
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Re: Status of the GP7s and GP9s

Postby MEC407 » Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:39 am

jaymac wrote:Will Big G gray ever qualify as a heritage paint scheme?


It would be fun to see the original early '80s version, with the candy stripes on the pilot.
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Re: Status of the GP7s and GP9s

Postby newpylong » Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:42 pm

If they were smart they would try to erase every memory of the Big G.
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Re: Status of the GP7s and GP9s

Postby jaymac » Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:22 am

The Big G was getting close to erasing itself. PAR/S -- NewBlues aside -- would be even more severely compromised without other people's power and other people's money. The folks who worked through the contractions and diminutions and disrespect definitely don't need reminders, but the outside world tends to have a short memory.
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Re: Status of the GP7s and GP9s

Postby Reader#108 » Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:24 am

I saw that 54 got torched.........that is a bummer.......

Some new info I got from a friend is that there will be 6 units now, not 8.

I believe Guilford Phase 1 was one of the units
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Re: Status of the GP7s and GP9s

Postby BR4 » Tue Apr 10, 2012 5:38 pm

As I was leaving Portland today, I thought I heard the 45 switching Rigby. It sounded like the conductor
said, "45, ok to back up." Don't know if I missed the first number of the unit. or it really was 45.
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Re: Status of the GP7s and GP9s

Postby MEC407 » Tue Apr 10, 2012 5:56 pm

Might've been 345.
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Re: Status of the GP7s and GP9s

Postby Reader#108 » Tue Apr 10, 2012 8:44 pm

45 was at the back of the deadline last week......unfortunately they arent NS........they don't move that fast :-)
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Re: Heritage Locomotives

Postby bm1838 » Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:54 am

Has anyone seen any of the GP9s running in the last week. I know 72 is constantly reported on the hump switcher, but all the other 9s are up in Maine, and there haven't been any posts or pictures in the last month of any of them.... I know in January I caught the 51 and 71 running on SAPPI3

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Re: Status of the GP7s and GP9s

Postby ferroequinarchaeologist » Fri Jun 22, 2012 11:06 am

Along the same lines (no pun) we have this from Railway Age

710 repowers targeted for older GP38-2s (and GP9s and SD-40s - ed)
Tony Kruglinski

Progress Rail Services' EMD subsidiary has targeted North America's 3,300 existing EMD GP38-2 locomotives (originally built between 1972 and 1986) for repowering with EMD's more modern 710 "ECO" line of diesel engines.

http://www.railwayage.com/index.php/blo ... -Sacb-4DLY
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Re: Status of the GP7s and GP9s

Postby MEC407 » Fri Jun 22, 2012 11:20 am

It costs a million bucks to do ONE of those repowers. That's the same amount PAR would spend on acquiring an additional 8 to 10 SD40-2s. I can predict with great certainty which option PAR would choose to spend a million dollars on, and it's not the option with ECO in its name. :wink:
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Re: Status of the GP7s and GP9s

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