Product Details


Title:
Southern Pacific Historic Diesels Vol 20: Psgr Cab Reprise
Author:
Joseph A Strapac
Publisher:
Shade Tree Press
ISBN or Item #
9780930742508
Date Listed:
2015-02-28 00:00:00
Retail Price:
$38.95
Our Price:
$34.95
Description:
Untitled Document

Southern Pacific Historic Diesels Vol 20: Passenger Cab Units Reprise

Alco and EMD carbody-type passenger locos: PA/PB, E and passenger Fs

By Joseph A. Strapac.

Softcover, 11x8.5", 342 photos (32 color), complete roster, detailed photo captions. 2015.

"Passenger units were special. Working as they did for the SP from 1947-48, they lost their Daylight red-and-orange paint in 1958-60, finally falling to SP’s train-off policies of the late 1960s (though a few FP7A and passenger F7B units did survive into Amtrak colors, however.) The publisher's books on the subject of SP’s carbody-style A- and B-units (Volumes 3 and 9) quickly went out of print.

"Not just a reprint: While a number of one-of-a-kind pictures were used in those earlier volumes and simply had to be carried over in Volume 20, so many previously unpublished images have been made available that the book kept growing, including sixteen pages in full color.

"Southern Pacific considered passenger locomotives to be distinct. They would deliver 2,000 or more horsepower per unit and would ride on six-wheel trucks that carried traction motors only on the outer axles, leaving the center axles as idlers. These locomotives were all initially purchased wearing distinctive “passenger” paint jobs. Eventually, SP would accumulate a roster of 28 Electro-Motive and 66 Alco passenger diesels, all of them in service together for the few brief years between 1955 and 1962.

"In addition to its formal passenger diesels, SP ordered over two hundred passenger-equipped four-axle F7, F7B and FP7 units. They provided backup power for mail trains, passenger locals, holiday specials, troop movements and even many railfan excursions. Every one of these (with the glaring exception of one Cotton Belt FP7) was painted as delivered in “black widow” freight colors. One hundred fourteen passenger F7 A-units carried steam generator controls on the fireman’s dashboard—but not a one had its own steam generator aboard. Only the passenger F7 B-units and the seventeen FP7 A-units could make train-heat steam.

"Vol 20 includes chapters on each model from each builder, illustrations of variant paint jobs and extensive discussion of SP policies for passenger locomotive utilization, and includes sixteen pages of color.

"Those other passenger diesels, the GP9s Train Masters, various Alco and EMD hood units used in passenger service will be included in Volume 22—which should mark the final volume in this series."