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'Ol' Shep'

Locomotive #4010 was the first of auto-train's third batch of road locomotives -- a U36B built by GE in May 1974 (builder's number 39844) to specifications of the SCL.

From this unit on, the locomotives had rounded headlight housings and Chessie-style rock pilots on the front. For a time, 4010 was named and lettered "OL' SHEP" on the cab side above the number 4010, apparently in honor of an SCL backshop employee whose last name was Shepard.

Like the other auto-train locomotives, 4010 was eventually scrapped. After its time on the auto-train, the locomotive went into storage at Oelwein, Iowa where it sat awating a buyer that never came. The locomotive was cut up on-site in 1984-85.

Image: Stan Jackowski

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