..Santa Fe RR..
Steve Emerson-Albuquerque NM
In 1990 I constructed a SF30B based on the
old Athearn U33B wide body, which was the only shell available at the time. The
current project depicted in the photos is based on an Atlas U23B that has the
correct body width, but underwent major walkway, tank, and body modifications to
capture the appearance of the prototype.
The Santa Fe Railroad pursued rebuild
programs that produced unique locomotives. One locomotive to emerge from the
Cleburne shops was a modified U23B rebuilt into a 3000hp SF30B model designation
numbered 7200. The Santa Fe cancelled the remaining U23B rebuild program due to
the closure of the Cleburne shops, but upgraded a small group of B23-7 into
SF30B's without the body modifications. These B23-7 upgrades were indentified
with "3000HP" stenciled under the engine number on the side of the cabs. The
prototype photos that I took for reference were taken in Belen Yard that I
frequented in the 90's when it was friendly to railfan.
Any comments or suggestions please email me: Steve Emerson
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