Built in 1956 to work the branch lines in Oregon,
SP SD-9E number 4391 sits in front of the depot in Medford, Oregon in February,
1995. No stranger to the Siskiyou Line, the 4391 is now on foreign
rails as she helps out with yard work until more Railtex engines arrive.
Typical CORP hauler power for February, 1995.
A few freshly painted red and gray CORP GP-38's, some ex-BN GP-40's from
other Railtex lines such as Dallas, Garland and Northeastern and Texas
and Northeastern, and even a GP-39-2 borrowed from the Willamette &
Pacific and still in Santa Fe paint.
Leased power like this ex-Conrail GP-38 from Helm
Leasing filled in on hauler power for several months. You can still
make out part of the "mating worms" logo of the long gone Penn Central
in the glare off the long hood.
Oregon & Pacific GP-38 in the paint scheme they share with sister Railtex
line, the Missouri and Northern Arkansas.
A real surprise back in February, 1995 was a pair
of Missouri and Northern Arkansas SD-20's. These locomotives started
out as SD-24's and were rebuilt by the Illinois Central. CORP typically
disdained six axle power on the southern end of the railroad due to its
tendancy to spread rails and the fact that the Southern Pacific had done
minimal maintainence on the line for several years prior to conveying it
to CORP. Furthemore, the SD-20's lacked the dynamic brakes so necessary
for mountain railroading. After a few visits to Medford, they worked
as switchers in and around Roseburg and were gone from the property by
the end of the year.
Cresting the top of Merlin Grade near Hugo, this
Medford -- Glendale Hauler displays quite a diversity of railroading heritage
and paint schemes on this April, 1995 morning. All units are Gp-38's
except for the single ex-BN GP-40.
Until they reopened the south end out of Medford,
CORP had to run all freight north to Eugene. During the week they
didn't have enough power to handle all the cars and by Saturday, there
would be quite a train that needed to run north. Since the local
jobs weren't working, the local power was assembled as helpers. These
three units are pushing the same train as shown above.
All photos Copyright 1998 by Larry Tuttle
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