Sunday morning a UP crew brought a couple of locomotives to Vancouver for the O-VWWO empty dirty dirt train. One unit in the consist was UP 6231, a former Southern Pacific unit, still in “patched” form. The crew dumped the power off on the tail track and promptly headed for Muchas Gracias for a mid-morning Mexican food treat. The railfans of course swarmed like flies on … ahhhh … well … an SP painted locomotive. Not to be outdone I captured a few images myself.
Built in May 1995 this locomotive is definitely used. The nearly 17 year old paint is showing signs of all this unit has been through. The scar on the side indicates it has had the standard GE fuel leak and subsequent fire. The rust and faded paint show just how long something which sits outside its entire life will remain painted. Of course the appearance of a locomotive is not what moves the train.
Most interestingly its heritage is showing. Scarlet and gray paint colors and speed lettering (albeit not an original SP item) shout “SOUTHERN PACIFIC”. The patch does little to hide the locomotive’s SP heritage.