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Santa Fe Railway SD39 locomotives on train 408 at Gise, NM

Santa Fe Railway SD39 locomotives on train 408 at Gise, NM

Earlier that same morning, train 408 struggles up out of the river valley climbing toward the summit at Glorieta. I'll bet that first group of insulated boxcars contain Coors beer from the plant at Golden.

Santa Fe Railway radio controlled SD39 locomotives on train 408 at Gise, NM Santa Fe Railway caboose on train 408 at Gise, NM

The 20 Santa Fe SD39s were built in 1969 for service on the York Canyon to Kaiser coal trains. After the SD26s took over this assignment in 1973, the SD39s were used primarily in Kansas, Colorado, and on the 804 and 408 trains over Raton Pass. In late 1985 or early 1986 all of the units were renumbered into the 1556 number series and repainted in the ill fated SFSP merger paint scheme. In late 1990, they were repainted into the more traditional Santa Fe freight war bonnet scheme. A couple years after the BNSF merger, they were renumbered into the BNSF 6200 series. Disk 63