Owner: Missouri Pacific
Model:EMD SWBuilt As:SJB 10 (SW)
Serial Number:751Order No:E224
Frame Number:E224-1Built:12/1938
Notes:blt 12/38 as SJB-10, to MP 6006, retired 09/63
Other locos with this serial:  MP 6006(SW)
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MP SW 6006
Title:  MP SW 6006
Description:  Mystery locomotive on the Pielet Brothers setout track at La Grange, Illinois on November 15, 1964, Ektachrome by Chuck Zeiler. I believe this was an EMD Model SW, the spotting feature are the "falsies" welded to the frame at the inside corners of the stepwells. The Model SC (Cast frame) had similar shapes but were inset more and were part of the stepwells. It looks like Missouri Pacific paint. The MP had four SC's, but acquired a pair of SW's by way of subsidiary Union Terminal Railway. The following is from the book, Missouri Pacific Diesel Power, by Kevin EuDaly:

The SC and the SW were built simultaneously at EMC, though EMC was pushing the SW which had a fabricated welded frame ("W" for welded and "C" for cast). The SC had a cast frame which EMC could not produce in its own shop, hence the attempt to sell the SW over the SC. Though there has been some confusion between the two models in the past, close-up photographs have revealed that the MoPac units were indeed SC's with cast frames (road numbers 9000-9003). When welded frames began in late 1936, many railroad people viewed them as a cheap imitation for a substantial cast frame. Consequently, engineers at La Grange decided to disguise their welded frames by applying a fake sheet metal section at each corner of the frame. These appeared on the SW1's, NW2's and TR2's until April 1949, when a cost cutting measure struck them from the package.By this time no one cared about whether frames were welded or cast. In 1938 MoPac subsidiary Union Terminal Railway (UT) got into the diesel act by purchasing an SW from EMC, which was outshopped as UT-5. In December the Saint Joseph Belt (SJB) picked up an SW (SJB-10).

In the roster section of the book, the following is shown for the SW's: UT-5 became SJB-5, then MP 6005, built 05/38 (c/n 718), retired 8/65, to PNC, to Pickens, renumbered PIRR-3. UT-10 is shown at becoming SJB-10, then MP 6006, built 12/38 (c/n 751) retired 9/63, scrapped. So by process of elimination, the locomotive shown MAY have been MP 6006, built as either SJB-10 or UT-10.

Photo Date:  11/15/1964  Upload Date: 12/16/2015 2:24:24 PM
Location:  La Grange, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  MP 6006(SW)
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