EMD SW9

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EMD SW9
Ciry.jpg
CIRY 1206, an SW9 built in 1951 on October 31, 2008.
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder General Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD)
General Motors Diesel (GMD, Canada)
Model SW9, TR5
Build date December 1950 – December 1953
Total produced SW9: 786 (EMD) plus 29 (GMD)
TR5A: 10
TR5B: 12
Specifications
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Prime mover EMD 567B
Engine type Two-stroke diesel
Aspiration Roots-type supercharger
Cylinders V12
Performance figures
Power output 1,200 hp (890 kW)
Career
Locale North America
Illinois Central SW14 No. 1496 is at the fueling racks in Memphis, Tennessee. 1496 was built by EMD in May 1952 as IC SW9 #9469 then renumbered 469. Then it was later converted into a SW14.

An EMD SW9 is a diesel switcher locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division between January 1951 and December 1953. Additional SW9s were built by General Motors Diesel in Ontario Canada from December 1950 to March 1953. Power was provided by an EMD 567B 12-cylinder engine, producing 1,200 horsepower (895 kW).

In addition, ten TR5 cow-calf paired sets were produced (eight for the Union Pacific Railroad, and two for the Union Railroad of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Union Railroad also bought an additional two TR5B "calves".

786 examples of this model were built for American railroads and 29 were built for Canadian railroads.

Original buyers[edit]

SW9 locomotives built by Electro-Motive Division, USA[edit]

Railroad Quantity Road numbers Notes
Aliquippa and Southern Railroad
1
1200
Appalachicola Northern Railroad
7
705–711
Arkansas and Louisiana Missouri Railway
1
12
Ashley, Drew and Northern Railway
1
174
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
19
2420–2438
Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
65
652–716
Baltimore and Ohio Chicago Terminal Railroad
8
590–597
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
6
598–603
Bauxite and Northern Railway
1
10
Bellefonte Central Railroad
1
5323
Belt Railway of Chicago
4
520–523
Boston and Maine Railroad
12
1220–1231
Cambria and Indiana Railroad
8
30–37
Campbell's Creek Railroad
1
13
Central of Georgia Railway
10
301–310
Central Railroad of New Jersey
11
1084–1094
Charleston and Western Carolina Railway
2
802–803
Chattanooga Traction Company
1
5
Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
35
5080–5094, 5245–5265
Chicago and Illinois Western Railroad
1
104
Chicago and North Western Railway
9
1101–1105, 1122–1125
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
2
9269–9270
Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad
5
775–779
Chicago, West Pullman and Southern Railroad
2
47–48
Conemaugh and Black Lick Railroad
2
118–119
Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad
10
551–560
Detroit and Toledo Shore Line Railroad
3
119–121
Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway
15
11–25
Erie Railroad
7
434–440
Florida East Coast Railway
8
221–228
Georgia Railroad
2
906–907
Grand Trunk Western Railroad
7
7010–7016
Great Lakes Steel
3
27–29
Great Northern Railway
7
17–23
Great Western Railway of Colorado
2
121–122
Houston Belt and Terminal Railway
10
22–31
Illinois Central Railroad
70
9320–9334, 9430–9484
Inspiration Consolidated Copper Company
2
22–23
Kansas City Southern Railway
1
1304
SW7 1304 traded in
Kirby Lumber Company
1
1000
Kosmos Timber Company
1
100
Lehigh Valley Railroad
13
280–292
Louisville and Nashville Railroad
20
2277–2296
Maine Central Railroad
2
334–335
Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad
1
82
Milwaukee Road
3
1643–1645
Renumbered
Mississippi Central Railroad
10
201–210
to Illinois Central
Missouri Pacific Railroad
22
9170–9191
Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad
10
1226–1235
Renumbered
Monessen Southwestern
4
23–25, 27
Montour Railroad
12
73–84
Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway
5
34–38
New York Central Railroad
60
8922-8930, 8941–8951, 8962–9001
New York Central (Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad)
7
9002–9008
New York Central (Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad)
20
8931–8940, 8952–8961
New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad (“Nickel Plate Road”)
12
233–244
Northern Pacific Railway
4
115–118
Oliver Iron Mining Company
6
934–939
Pennsylvania Railroad
36
8513–8522, 8529–8536, 8523–8528, 8537–8544, 8859–8860, 8869–8870
Peoria and Pekin Union Railway
2
411–412
Philadelphia, Bethlehem and New England Railroad
4
35–38
Pittsburgh and Shawmut Railroad
9
231–239
Pittsburgh, Chartiers and Youghiogheny Railway
4
2–5
Republic Steel Corporation
1
344
Reserve Mining Company
1
1211
Soo Line (Wisconsin Central Railway)
8
2111–2115, 2117–2119
Southern Pacific (Texas and New Orleans Railroad)
5
108–112
Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway
3
43–45
to BN 167-169
St. Louis Southwestern Railway (“Cotton Belt”)
4
1058–1061
St. Louis-San Francisco Railway (“Frisco”)
10
305–314
Steelton and Highspire Railroad
4
40–43
Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis
13
1206–1218
Texas and Pacific Railway
13
1024–1036
Union Pacific Railroad
42
1825–1886
Union Railroad
14
575–588
Wabash Railroad
12
363–374
Western Pacific Railroad
6
601–606
Weyerhaeuser Timber Company
3
302–303, 305
Wheeling Steel
2
1252–1253
Total 771

SW9 locomotives built by General Motors Diesel, Canada[edit]

Railroad Quantity Road numbers Notes
Canadian National Railways
10
7000–7009
Canadian Pacific Railway
6
7400–7405
Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
5
5240–5244
Great Northern Railway
3
14–16
Steel Company of Canada
1
70
Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo Railway
4
55–58
Total 29

TR5 locomotives built by Electro-Motive Division, USA[edit]

Railroad Quantity A units Quantity B units Road numbers A units Road numbers B units Notes
Union Pacific Railroad
8
8
1870A–1877A
1870B–1877B
Union Railroad
2
4
701–702
701C–704C
Total 10 12

SW1000R[edit]

Amtrak #796, which started life in 1952 as P&LE #8959, idles in Washington, D.C. in 2008.

In 1994 Amtrak acquired nine SW9s from various railroads and had them rebuilt by the National Railway Equipment Company. These switchers were reclassified as EMD SW1000R.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Locomotive and Car Notes". September 2, 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  • Pinkepank, Jerry A. (1973). The Second Diesel Spotter’s Guide. Milwaukee, WI: Kalmbach Publishing Company. ISBN 0-89024-026-4. 

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