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Missouri Pacific Railroad GP38 with the Silver Box

Missouri Pacific Railroad GP38 with the Silver Box

The Union Pacific absorbed the Missouri Pacific Railroad in 1982. Although it seemed like yellow paint was quickly covering everything, I caught two former MP GP38s (engines 2009 and 2039) on local LZB31 switching interchange traffic at Colton on December 16, 1985.

Missouri Pacific GP38 with silver box

This may be one of the few pictures we have of our rooftop carrier. On another trip it popped off while going over the Pennsylvania Turnpike and was promptly crushed under the rear duals of an 18 wheeler. As a side note - my wife records all of the engine numbers for me. She is also into bird watching. She saw her first loggerhead shrike here at the junction.

Missouri Pacific GP38 engines 2009 and 2039

I had heard that the silver triangular box in front of the engineer's window was supposed to be an insulated box for storing crew lunches. That's an awfully big box for just a couple of lunches. The appetite for train crews must be phenomenal. Disk 53

Picture of Missouri Pacific GP38 engines 2009 and 2039 photo of Missouri Pacific GP38 engines 2009 and 2039

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