Posted 16 September 2003 - 06:56 PM
The WP was not taken over by the SP. It was merged into the UP at about the same time the MP was. Though in reality the MP people took over the UP. Check the company officers after a couple of years and you will notice that they are, almost to a man, former MP people. Most of the WP engines were sent east to work former MP lines. The UP favored 6 axle engines in the mountains.
The Rio Grand was not merged into the UP. It first merged into the SP by Anshultz (spelling). SP was kept as the cororate vehicle for the merged roads. The SP kept a lot of the things the RG was doing. Speed lettering is a good example. Then it was merged into the UP.
Posted 16 September 2003 - 07:49 PM
My confusion with the WP stems from the fact that the owners of the Rio Grand financed the building of the WP - I thought I had remembered that they had gotten together later in their history but my memory was incorrect.
(Sorry we got a bit off subject here)
Posted 16 September 2003 - 07:53 PM
Posted 16 September 2003 - 10:20 PM
The Cal-P name stems from the original railroad company that built the line in the 1860s. It's name was the California Pacific and it's route ran from the bay area towards Sacramento. I do not recall all the history at this moment as today has been rather difficult. I will look it up later and give a more detailed report.
Posted 17 September 2003 - 06:39 AM
Posted 18 September 2003 - 01:07 PM
What is the California Northern GE unit? I thought they only had GP15-1's and SD9's, and the Arizona & California rostered GP30's, GP35's and SD40's.
Posted 18 September 2003 - 07:23 PM
Posted 25 September 2003 - 06:01 PM
Looks just fine, even if it is dirtier than most Cal Northern GPs. Not sure why it's hanging out with all these UP units.
I've never seen it out on the road though.
Posted 25 September 2003 - 07:48 PM
Posted 25 September 2003 - 10:06 PM
Posted 25 September 2003 - 10:49 PM
Most of their engines seem to come through the Roseville Shops. Also Caltrain's and CORP's engines come through the shops for service.