Want to buy a GP-15?

Discussion in 'GP15' started by gstout, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. gstout

    gstout Member Frisco.org Supporter

    From the Brass Switchkey News:


    BNSF has an auction set up at Barstow, CA & Topeka, KS beginning on July 9th. Many ex ATSF GP30s & GP35s are for sale at Barstow. Those at Barstow include 24 GP30s; Also included are 21 GP35s. There is one SD40 lettered as GN 6311. This is an ex ATSF SD40.
    To complete the auction, 3 Los Angeles Junction CF7s are for sale too. This makes a total of 49 engines at Barstow.
    At Topeka, BNSF has 18 GP35s. These ex ATSF GP35s were all built in 1964 & 65. There is one GP15-1, the 1481 that is an ex BN originally Frisco engine.
  2. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    That GP15 would be Frisco #106.
  3. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Wonder if that unit in Topeka is as nice as the Athearn Genesis GP15-1?

    :D :) ;)

    Ken :p
  4. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    So are these engines that don't run any more or is this for like companys to come buy new motive power? Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I'm full of dumb questions. :)

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  5. wmrx

    wmrx MP Trainmaster

    Ethan, there are multiple reasons for these engines to be offered for sale. The biggest reason is based on economics. Is the cost of maintenance/repairs in conjunction with expected life span worth the investment or would the money be better spent on new or newer equipment. Today, one of the biggest factors in this decision involves EPA diesel exhaust emissions regulations. Older engines require expensive modifications to meet current standards which must be attained when a certain repair/overhaul threshhold is encountered. I'm not sure of all the details, but a prime mover in need of, 50% or more, new power assemblies is required to be brought into compliance with the new regs. Other factors include the ability of the locomotive model to continue to meet operating department needs, fuel consumption standards and repair parts availability.

    When an engine is disposed of, it does mean that it is going to the scrap yard. Most locomotives find a new life with their new owners. LTEX is quite fond of the GP15-1 model and has acquired a large number of former Conrail and a few former Frisco units.

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