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A Second-Generation Locomotive Preserved

In 2022, the Arkansas Midland Railroad, which consists of several disconnected segments totaling 140 miles in the Natural State, donated GP35 #2500 to the Union Station Foundation--which preserves Ogden Union Station and provides a home for the Utah State Railroad Museum. On Facebook, the organization announced the locomotive's cosmetic restoration has been completed, with the unit now wearing its as-built Western Pacific colors and carrying its original number 3002. The unit, which is operable, will be displayed within the collection of the Utah State Railroad Museum, which includes a Southern Pacific SD45R, a Rio Grande SD40T-2, and a Union Pacific GTEL "Big Blow" Turbine. In recent years, many rail enthusiasts have pointed out the need to preserve "second generation" locomotives such as the GP35, SD40-2, and SD45. Due to "hair on fire" events such as the mass-scrapping of GO Transit's APCU fleet and being caught unaware that a classic locomotive or railcar is a wheel turn away from the cutting torch, much preservation activity has focused on first-generation locomotives and passenger cars. So, I am happy to see greater attention paid to the locomotives of the 1960s and '70s, not to mention freight cars of the era which will soon be removed from service as they approach the 50 year operational limit. Click here for the Union Station Foundation's Facebook Post Photo Credit: Union Station Foundation

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