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Owner: Amtrak
Model:EMD SDP40FBuilt As:AMTK 509 (SDP40F)
Serial Number:72694-10Order No:72694
Frame Number:72694-10Built:6/1973
Other locos with this serial:  AMTK 509(SDP40F) EMDX 218(SDP40F)
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AMTK 509
Title:  AMTK 509
Description:  A classic view on a late summer evening as AMTK 509 brings a northbound "San Diegan" to a station stop.
Photo Date:  9/8/1974  Upload Date: 7/22/2014 9:34:58 PM
Location:  Fullerton, CA
Author:  Ron Hawkins
Categories:  Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  AMTK 509(SDP40F)
Views:  234   Comments: 0
AMTK 509
Title:  AMTK 509
Description:  AMTK 509 and a F7B power a southbound train heading to San Diego.
Photo Date:  9/21/1974  Upload Date: 7/22/2014 9:36:09 PM
Location:  Fullerton, CA
Author:  Ron Hawkins
Categories:  Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  AMTK 509(SDP40F)
Views:  204   Comments: 0
AMTK 509
Title:  AMTK 509
Description:  The engineer, looking 1970's sharp, gives AMTK 509 a quick check during the station stop.
Photo Date:  9/21/1974  Upload Date: 7/22/2014 9:37:07 PM
Location:  Fullerton, CA
Author:  Ron Hawkins
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  AMTK 509(SDP40F)
Views:  350   Comments: 0
AMTK 509
Title:  AMTK 509
Description:  PURCELL OK July 1977 -- Amtrak SDP40F 509 and an E unit are on the point of train No. 15, The Lone Star, as it accelerates south. In the background Santa Fe SD45 5566 awaits a signal to proceed south as GP39-2 3648 sits on the house track with a work train. EMD built the 509 (s/n 72694-10) in June 1973. It became EMDX 218 in blue paint. (Date of photo approximate, roster information from http://www.textfiles.com/fun/amtrak1.txt)
Photo Date:  3/1/1977  Upload Date: 7/18/2012 6:46:54 PM
Location:  Purcell, OK
Author:  Charles Stookey
Categories:  Roster,Action
Locomotives:  AMTK 509(SDP40F)
Views:  238   Comments: 1
AMTK 509
Title:  AMTK 509
Description:  AMTK 509 is in the middle of a "Southwest Limited" consist flanked by AMTK 508 and AMTK 510.
Photo Date:  4/23/1977  Upload Date: 7/22/2014 9:38:17 PM
Location:  San Bernardino, CA
Author:  Ron Hawkins
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  AMTK 509(SDP40F)
Views:  177   Comments: 0
Amtrak 509, 502, and 500 with Southwest Limited in 1977
Title:  Amtrak 509, 502, and 500 with Southwest Limited in 1977
Description:  This is Amtrak #4, the Southwest Limited at Albuquerque on October 29, 1977. The engines are 509, 502, and 500, all ill-fated SDP40Fs. But they sure looked good this day--new paint scheme and all.
Photo Date:  10/29/1977  Upload Date: 11/20/2006 10:41:51 AM
Location:  Albuquerque, NM
Author:  Marty Bernard
Categories: 
Locomotives:  AMTK 509(SDP40F) AMTK 502(SDP40F) AMTK 500(SDP40F)
Views:  1643   Comments: 0
Three of the Big Boys With Tr. 4, The SW Limited
Title:  Three of the Big Boys With Tr. 4, The SW Limited
Description: 
Photo Date:  10/29/1977  Upload Date: 4/30/2010 10:38:07 PM
Location:  Albuquerque, NM
Author:  Marty Bernard
Categories: 
Locomotives:  AMTK 509(SDP40F) AMTK 502(SDP40F) AMTK 500(SDP40F)
Views:  1258   Comments: 0
Amtrak SDP40F 509
Title:  Amtrak SDP40F 509
Description:  Amtrak SDP40F 509 waiting for clearance at 18th Street in Chicago, Illinois on an unknown day in August 1979, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. The only E-units I can identify are 444 (in the middle) and 421 (on the right), could not identify the rear-facing E. Number 509 was built June 1973 (c/n 72694-10) and was traded back to EMD for parts use in the construction of F40PH 372. It has skid-mounted steam generators, rumored (but never fully substantiated, track maintenance was also suspect) to have been part of the derailment fault of these particular locomotives. The steam generators themselves were not at fault, but the location of the tanks that supplied the water may have played a role. It was suggested that the location of the tanks inside the rear of the locomotive against the outer walls was a problem when entering a curve at high speed. The water tended to go straight, pulling the rear of the locomotive out of the curve and against the outer rail. This in turn was transmitted to the following car, generally a lightly loaded baggage car, which then derailed. Earlier conclusions focused on the hollow bolster truck, but freight locomotives had used the same truck design without problem. The problem may have disappeared by itself had Amtrak removed the steam generators and replaced them with HEP power plants, as had been the plan from the beginning, but instead most of the SDP40F's were traded back to EMD and scrapped, with components used in the construction of the F40PH's. The bridge in the background is the ICG's Saint Charles Air Line.

For these locomotives to be of any use to Amtrak in the near future, they will have to be turned, and the quickest way at this location would be to wye them through Union Avenue Interlocking, so we are probably looking at a typical 'hurry up and wait' situation until traffic clears.

Photo Date:  8/1/1979  Upload Date: 12/10/2010 9:36:40 AM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster,Bridge,Yard
Locomotives:  AMTK 509(SDP40F) AMTK 525(SDP40F)
Views:  2954   Comments: 0
Amtrak 509
Title:  Amtrak 509
Description:  NORMAN OK Oct 8 1979 -- With a contrail of the competition overhead the last Southbound Lone Star to comes to a stop. The train was discontinued by Amtrak a week earlier but a lawsuit forced Amtrak to run this much-reduced version of trains 15 and 16. In this photo Amtrak Agent Charlie Bandt (left) is at trackside to bid farewell to passenger service and his job. Years later passenger service was restored when the state subsidized an Oklahoma City to Fort Worth and return train named the Heartland Flyer. Efforts are still underway to extend service to Kansas City.
Photo Date:  9/8/1979  Upload Date: 1/26/2012 9:27:55 PM
Location:  Norman, OK
Author:  Charles Stookey
Categories:  Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  AMTK 509(SDP40F)
Views:  385   Comments: 1
AMTK SDP40F 509
Title:  AMTK SDP40F 509
Description:  Amtrak SDP40F 509 at about 22nd Street in Chicago, Illinois on an unknown day in October 1979, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler.
Photo Date:  10/1/1979  Upload Date: 4/24/2015 3:40:43 PM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Yard
Locomotives:  AMTK 509(SDP40F)
Views:  158   Comments: 0
AMTK 190 - AMTK 509
Title:  AMTK 190 - AMTK 509
Description:  AMTK 190 - AMTK 509 whizzing around the western part of the Vancouver wye as she comes off the Columbia River train bridge and slipping into Vancouver Amtrak Station in the driving rain in the middle of the night (at least its dark enough for it - amazing its only 4:20 / 16:20 in the early, wet winter evening. Concrete silos serving rail-river traffic in the left background, the bridge itself right background (The green light is on the bridge itself for river traffic - when it swings, the light aims up/down river, otherwise its all red along the span. I presume the green also shows the rail traffic when its been properly aligned and locked into position to prevent any unauthorized river traffic from the rail lines.) for a quick stop before proceeding northward.
Photo Date:  12/6/2015  Upload Date: 12/17/2015 1:56:42 PM
Location:  Vancouver, WA
Author:  B Campbell
Categories:  Bridge,Night,Station,Signal,Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  AMTK 190(P42DC) AMTK 509(SDP40F)
Views:  131   Comments: 0
AMTK 509
Title:  AMTK 509
Description:  AMTK 509 in second position at the front of northbound in a broadsides view - unfortunately a bit too far away to be shielded from the blowing rain - speaking of too far away, nice place to plant a signal mast, dang it. (Thanks to Christo­pher Kel­li­her for Loco correction.)
Photo Date:  12/6/2015  Upload Date: 12/17/2015 1:57:01 PM
Location:  Vancouver, WA
Author:  B Campbell
Categories:  Night,Passenger
Locomotives:  AMTK 509(SDP40F)
Views:  97   Comments: 1
Northbound Cascades
Title:  Northbound Cascades
Description: 
Photo Date:  7/22/2017  Upload Date: 1/18/2018 4:22:23 PM
Location:  Salem, OR
Author:  Keith Owen
Categories:  Roster,Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  AMTK 509(SDP40F)
Views:  40   Comments: 0


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