SP SD-45 #8934 idles among older F-units and another SD-45 at Eugene.
Over the years the Cascade Line has seen several different locomotive models. 2-8-0 consolidations,
4-8-8-2 Cab Forwards, SD-9s, and SD-45s to name a few. No matter which type of locomotive, each
made their way into SP history. Below is an index specifying wheel arrangements. A new window will open for that
Cab Forward #4286, photo by Walt Pashcelke.
SP SD-70M 9809, at the time, was being used in helper service. 9809 is one of 25
units from Electromotive Divison.
During the transition era, SP tested new technology on "The Hill," most of
which never made it to full acception. The Krauss-Maffei diesel hydraulics were
among the most unique tested. These unusual looking locomotives were German built
locomotives developing 4,000 horsepower. The diesels power was transmitted via
torque converters. Using a Cardan hydraulic transmission, located on each truck,
the power reached the driving axles. These units, numbered the 9000 series, began
arriving in October 1961, and then shipped to Los Angeles to begin testing.
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