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Southern Pacific Switcher transition period  


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Steam was still in service in the early Fifties, but most of the work was done already by first generation diesel.

The famous S-series had their last years on duty.

S-12 0-6-0 Switcher #1242 shoves a PFE-reefer


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SP's "Tiger stripe" switcher (1)

EMD SW-1 #1014 moves a flat car.
SW-1 was the first EMD standard-switcher series that SP bought from 1939. 


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SP "tiger stripe" switcher (2)

EMD produced in the perwar-period the more powerful NW-2

NW-2 #1405 on the road


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SP "tiger stripe" switcher (3)

Baldwin S-12


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SP "tiger stripe" switcher (4)

GE built the light weight 44-ton switcher.
It was the optimal power for light industrial lines.
It was also an option for the SP to save costs - due to the low weight it was possible to operate this locomotive with the engineer only.

SP #1900 is serviced in the terminal.


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SP "tiger stripe" switcher (5)

The GE 70-ton switcher was used for light freight service on secondary lines

SP #5102 sits on the garden tracks of the terminal
As a variation of the "tiger stripe sceme" the locomotive's ends were painted plain silver.


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SP "tiger stripe" switcher (6)

ALCO S-2 #1019


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SP operated also Fairbanks-Morse switcher of the H12-44 series.
This diesel locomotive had a special motor design: opposed-pistons - in each cylinder worked two pistons 


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SP "tiger stripe" switcher (8)

H12-44 SP #1534 switches the "Lark"-observation car


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SP "tiger stripe" switcher (9)

Southern Pacific had a very special specification for the headlights of diesel locomotives.
This switcher H12-44 is equipped for operation on the line as train - they had number boards and the headlights to show signals of the rule book.
I added all those brass parts to the raw model before painting and lettering.


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