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UP SD40-2R #1833, SD40-2 #1625 and 1616 [UP Photo Archives]

up1833_01.jpg: Helper, UT Sep. 10, 2014

Here, I represent not only Rio Grande survivors but also the survivors of the 70’s which I found during the trip.

These locomotives are found at Helper, Utah maybe assigned for local service.

UP SD40-2R #1833 was built in 1972 as UP SD40-2 #3180, with 3000hp prime mover.
UP SD40-2 #1625 was built in 1978 as UP #3466.
UP SD40-2 #1616 was built in 1977 as UP #3351.

1994 photo of UP #3180 found at RR Picture Archives site;
1986 photo of UP #3466 found at RR Picture Archives site;
1977 photo of UP #3351 found at RR Picture Archives site;

up1833_02.jpg: Helper, UT Sep. 10, 2014

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UP DDA40X #6916 [UP Photo Archives]

up6916_01.jpg: Ogden, UT Sep. 10, 2014

This locomotive is being displayed at Ogden Union Station since 1986. The shadow is of UP FEF-2 #833 displayed next to her.
Compared #1833 with #6916, the black borderlines on red letters seem got bold this 45 years.

UP DDA40X #6916 was built in 1969 with total of 6600 hp prime movers. She was retired in 1985. Two DDA40Xs and a #8000 series SD40-2 between them was the norm on high speed priority trains in the 70’s.

1976 photo of UP #6916 found at RR Picture Archives site;

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Rio Grande Remnants in Utah 06 – Manned Helper Operations, Helper [UP Photo Archives]

manned-helper_01.jpg: manned helper cut-in the loaded coal train

Wide use of DPU removed manned helper from most of the helper districts in United States, but not this district. Rio grande "Last of a breed"s used to mingle at Helper for the manned helper service. Today, UP 70s and 44s succeeded them. These manned helpers cut-in at middle of the westbound loaded coal train at Helper, and cut-off at Colton or Soldier Summit.

Photo above shows three (UP SD70ACe's #8640, 8677 and AC4400CW #6311) units manned helper forcefully but smoothly departing Helper after whistling to each other with the headend. Two DPUs are also pushing at the rear end.

Photos below, a trainman is starting prime movers of four (UP AC4400CW #7182, ES44AC #7602, SD70ACe #8793 and AC4400CW #6399) units helper set one by one, preparing for the next assignment.

All photos taken at Helper, UT on Sep. 10, 2014.

manned-helper_02.jpg: trainman starting helper engines
manned-helper_03.jpg: helper set waiting assignment

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UP GP40M-2 #1512 & 1524 [UP Photo Archives]

up1512_01.jpg: El Paso, TX. Sep. 10, 2015

These locomotives built in the 60’s are found at El Paso, TX. They were switching the UP yard.

UP GP40M-2 #1512 was built in 1969 as B&O GP40 #3706. It later became GATX #3706, rebuilt and renumbered to SP GP40M-2 #7134, and finally became UP #1512.
UP GP40M-2 #1524 was built in 1966 as SAL GP40 #619. It later became SBD #6690, rebuilt and renumbered to SP GP40M-2 #7289, and finally became UP #1524.

* 1972 photo of B&O #3706 found at Railroad Picture Archives site;
* 1966 photo of SAL #614 found at Fallen Flags site;

up1524_01.jpg: El Paso, TX. Sep. 10, 2015

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UP Caboose #25432 [UP Photo Archives]

up25432_01.jpg: Pecos, TX. Sep. 12, 2015

This steel riveted center cupola caboose is found in front of former T&P depot at Pecos, TX.

UP #25432 was built in 1959 as one of 25400–25499 series class CA-7 cabooses. It was retired in 1989 and donated to the town.

* 1979 photo of UP #25432 found at Railroad Photo Archives site;

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up25432_03.jpg: Pecos, TX. Sep. 12, 2015

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