Former Frisco power in Grand Junction CO

Discussion in 'GP38-2 (SLSF 400-478)' started by gjslsffan, Feb 23, 2020.

  1. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    BNSF has brought a former SL-SF GP38-2 to the Junction, it was I believe #406. Here it sits in the GJ Depot yard BNSF 2261. Built in 1973, 47 years old and still doin the deed. A long way from home.

    Photo by Matt Darling; Posted with permission.
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2020
  2. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    You can't keep a good work horse down. Thank you for posting Tom.

  3. Thanks Tom! A few miles on that eh? Great it is still alive.
  4. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    I wonder how many miles and hours the locomotive has. It's got to be way up there. That is quite a find Tom.

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  5. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Supporter

    I bet it is sitting there thinking "Having me in this crummy pumpkin decor sure isn't as classy as I was in my o/w days!"
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  6. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Like Ralphie on the movie Christmas Story when he had to wear the pink bunny rabbit pajamas.
  7. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Actually #406.
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  8. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Thanks for the correction. Keith. I will correct my post.
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  9. geep07

    geep07 Member

    I wonder what we all would say if it had SLSF Lettering on the side with the coonskin herald on the front!
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  10. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Ha funny we are thinking the same. I was wondering when someone would take photoshop make this the right color LOL!
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  11. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    That's funny Jim. Cynthia and I watch Christmas Story every year several times, TBS has it on all day on Christmas day. It's been a tradition every year since it was released.

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  12. paul slavens

    paul slavens Member

    Very cool. every time I see a train with a 4 axle unit on the BNSF here on the creek sub SW of Tulsa, I always look at the cab numbers and check to see if they are ex Frisco back on the home rails, once in a while it happens. I saw cab number 3100 a GP50 a few days ago and assumed it might have been the original 3100 delivered to BN in orange and white paint but it was not, that loco is gone. Great stuff thanks for sharing.
  13. gstout

    gstout Member Supporter

    DSC_0569.JPG Here's another one. Believe BNSF #2581 is the former Frisco #731 (can confirm this in some, but not all on-line BNSF rosters). I found this prowling around the yard last week at Ardmore, Oklahoma. Anyhow, it looks pretty good for its age.

  14. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Cool stuff Greg. These old Geeps are on their 4-5th rebuilds now. They are kept in service for their light axle loading for smaller rail and perhaps more important their ability to negotiate much tighter curves than their 6 axle brethren.
    We had a couple more Geeps show up here in GJ, I will get down and take some images and see whats up. The Local crew isn't happy as they used to have 2, GE C-4's. These old units are cool but for some folks it is stepping back 40+ years. Anyway will see if any other former Frisco power has shown up.
  15. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    I can't concur; it appears that BNSF #2581 has had many faces/lives, originally built as ATSF #1458 EMD GP35, then as ATSF #3458 EMD GP35, as ATSF #2958 EMD GP35, then as BNSF #2581 EMD GP35, then as BNSF #2581 an EMD GP35u and has resurfaced as BNSF #2581 a GP39-3.
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  16. gstout

    gstout Member Supporter

    ...which is why I said I cannot universally confirm.

  17. Sirfoldalot

    Sirfoldalot Supporter Supporter

    My Better Half loves that movie too!
    We watch it so much I can play the part!
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  18. RogerRT

    RogerRT Staff Member Staff Member Supporter

    The 2nd one #2319 is x-Frisco 464 so you were right after all Tom...Roger
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