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Equipment Roster of the The Golden Spike Centennial Limited
 
 
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This list is a work-in-progress -- and probably always will be. If you have any photos, additions or corrections please email.
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LOCOMOTIVES
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Penn Central 4626 -- a P-2b Electric "P" Motor. Ex-New York Central, exx-Cleveland Union Terminal. Pulled the train from Grand Central Terminal to Harmon, NY at the start of its journey.

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Nickel Plate Road (New York, Chicago & St. Louis) #759 was built in August 1944 at Lima, OH. The 2-8-4 Berkshire type pulled the train from New York City (Harmon, NY, actually. Departed May 3) to Kansas City before turning the train over to the Union Pacific. It also pulled the train on the return from Kansas City to Baltimore before handing it off to Penn Central's GG-1 4902. Currently in the Steamtown collection in Scranton, PA.

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Auxiliary Water Tender 759A. Ex-N&W. There weren't as many places for a steam locomotive to get water as there had been in the old days. Taking along an extra tender full of water helped extend 759's legs.

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Union Pacific Centennial Locomotive 6900 (the largest diesel locomotive ever built), fresh from the manufacturer just in time to pull the GSCL from Kansas City to Ogden (being untried, the 6600 hp DDA40X loco was acompanied by a pair of 2500 hp SDP-35s on the westbound leg). Departed KC for Ogden, UT May 7, 1969. Today the locomotive is on display in Kenefick Park on the grounds of The Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, NE.

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A Union Pacific SDP-35 diesel that helped pull the GSCL from Kansas City to Ogden. Departed KC for Ogden, UT May 7, 1969. Sold for scrap Dec. 1985.

1401

A Union Pacific SDP-35 diesel that helped pull the GSCL from Kansas City to Ogden. Departed KC for Ogden, UT May 7, 1969. The SDP-35s that made the run from KC to Ogden were also chosen because they were capable of generating steam heat for the passenger consist. Sold for scrap Dec. 1985.

8444

Union Pacific 4-8-4 (FEF). Pulled the GSCL May 10th from Salt Lake City to Ogden for the Golden Spike ceremony. In the afternoon, it pulled the train back to Salt Lake City. This locomotive (now back to its original number 844) has never been retired and still pulls special trains for the Union Pacific. Based out of Cheyenne, WY.

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The Union Pacific provided an A-B-B set of E-unit diesels for the trip from Salt Lake City back to Kansas City. Per Al Phillips, these units really got the lead out -- likely hitting speeds in excess of 100 MPH a time or two!

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Penn Central 4902, a GG-1 electric, specially painted in American Railroads livery to match the GSCL. Pulled the GSCL on May 19, 1969 from Baltimore to NYC. Later Amtrak 905, then 4905. Scrapped.

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An Alco 1000 hp diesel switcher came in as a pusher up Albany Hill in New York.

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CARS
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The cars of the GSCL were not numbered. The numbers shown here just denote their position in the consist.
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The Crew Car. High Iron Company (HICO) tool/crew car CONNEAUT. Ex-N&W 1241, Exx-Wabash 450, a heavyweight baggage car. Later, the car became Iron Horse Enterprises #7 NEW HOPE, then Black River & Western #5 CONNEAUT. Today the car is Ohio Central's 5012 CONNEAUT.
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Exhibit car #1. In 13 different cities, the three display cars were open to the public. Inside were exhibits related to railroadings contribution to the growth of America. The first exhibit cars was ex-PRR/PC 60' baggage car 9002.
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Exhibit car #2. Ex-PRR/PC baggage car 9038.
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Exhibit car #3. Ex-PRR/PC baggage car 9051. To Conrail. Now privately owned in Hamburg, PA at the site of the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum.
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Coach Car. Ex-N&W coach car 512. This car was outfitted with the PA (public address) equipment for the train.
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Coach Car. Ex-N&W coach car 531.
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Twin Diner. Ex-PRR/PC 4620. According to Al Phillips, the dining car crews came with the car from Penn Central. The rest of the crew were all HICO employees.
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Twin Diner. Ex-PRR/PC 4621.
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Coach Car. Ex-N&W coach car 533 or 537.
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Coach Car. Leased C&O coach car 1627. Returned to the C&O after the GSCL, but continued to wear the GSCL paint until 'Amtak Day', May 1, 1971. Later to commuter service for the Port Authority of Allegheny County (PATrain, Pittsburgh), then sold to Shore Line East in Connecticut.
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Coach Car. Leased C&O coach car 1636. Returned to the C&O after the GSCL, but continued to wear the GSCL paint until 'Amtak Day', May 1, 1971.Later to commuter service for the Port Authority of Allegheny County (PATrain, Pittsburgh), then sold to Shore Line East in Connecticut.
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Strata Dome Coach. Ex-B&O 5550 HIGH DOME used on the Columbian. Built by Pullman Standard in 1949. Later Amtrak 9420. Scrapped in November 1980.
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Coach Car.'Rocky Mountain' Open car. Ex-Canadian Pacific 597. (HICO purchased it from George M. Hart who purchased it from CP. It was originally CP 1422). This six-axle car had very tall and broad openings where the windows used to be, making for panoramic viewing of the train, locomotive and scenery enroute. Later the car went to the West Coast Railway Association as their Arbutus Ridge. Today the car is at the Sierra Railway in Jamestown, CA as #597.
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Observation Car. HICO Observation car Mountain View. Ex-PRR Mountain View used on the Broadway Limited. Built in 1949. Now at the Railroaders Memorial Museum in Altoona, PA as PRR 8419 Mountain View. Amtrak private car 800419.
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Other Special Equipment
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Several other outfits sent special equipment to Ogden as part of the centennial celebration. The Union Pacific Railroad sent a special display train consisting of an exhibit car (a converted baggage car), two flatcars carrying recreations of the two 4-4-0 'Promontory locomotives' (actually No. 18 Dayton and No. 22 Inyo then owned by Paramount Pictures. They toured the Union Pacific on its Golden Spike Expo Train beginning March 4, 1969), and two flatcars carrying four pieces of 1800s vintage rolling stock.
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The United States Army Transportation Corp sent a steam powered train from Ft. Eustis, VA. It consisted of USRA 2-8-0 locomotive #612 (#2630 until 1954) and three gold-colored six-axle passenger cars. "From the Virginia Peninsula to the State of Utah" proclaimed the locomotive's tender. "Pilgrimage to Promontory" proclaimed the three passenger cars. The second passenger car was lettered for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the third for the U.S. Army Transportation Corp.

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The Southern Pacific Railroad had a new SD45 locomotive on display in Ogden, #9000.
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Acknowledgments
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Research resources include: Mary Jayne & John Z. Rowe, Al Phillips, Russell Shipman, Clovis Butterworth, Jerry LaBoda's Passenger Car Photo Index, George Elwood's Fallen Flags, Web Lurker, Drew Jacksich, Green Frog Productions' UP Odyssey Volume 2, The Nickel Plate Road Historical & Technical Society, Fritz Milhaupt, J. Henry Priebe Jr., Charlie Murphy. Many thanks to all who have contributed to keeping track of the histories of the equipment of the 1969 Golden Spike Centennial Limited!
 
     
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