EMD SW1500

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EMD SW1500
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NIRC 4 performs switching duties near Chicago's Union Station.
Type and origin
Power typeDiesel
BuilderGeneral Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD)
ModelSW1500
Build dateJune 1966 to January 1974
Total produced808
Specifications
Configuration:
 • AARB-B
Gauge4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Length44 ft 8 in (13.61 m)
Loco weight248,000 lb (112,491 kg)
Prime moverEMD 645E
Engine typeV12 2-stroke diesel
AspirationRoots blower
Displacement9,072 in3 (149 L)
GeneratorMain: D32
Traction motorsD77/78DC
Cylinders12
Cylinder size9.0625 in × 10 in
(230.2 mm × 254.0 mm)
TransmissionDiesel-electric
Loco brakeStraight air
Train brakesAir
Performance figures
Power output1,500 hp (1,119 kW)
Career
LocaleNorth America South America

The EMD SW1500 is a 1,500 hp (1,119 kW) Diesel-electric locomotive intended for switching service and built by General Motors' Electro-Motive Division from 1966 to 1974.[1] The SW1500 replaced the SW1200 in the EMD product line. Many railroads regularly used SW1500s for road freight service.[1]

It is similar in appearance to the EMD SW1000 model which has a different engine and has one exhaust stack while the SW1500 has two.[1][2]

Original Owners[edit]

Domestic (US/Export) orders
Railroad Quantity Road numbers
Alton and Southern Railway 18 1500–1517
Alcoa Terminal Railroad 1 9
Apalachicola Northern Railroad 8 712–719
Armco Steel 5 701–705
Ashley, Drew and Northern Railroad 1 150
Angelina and Neches River Railroad 1 1500
Belt Railway of Chicago 3 530–532
Burlington Northern Railroad 15 310–324
Cambria and Indiana Railroad 2 15, 16
Chattahoochee Valley Railway 1 101
Chicago Short Line Railroad 2 30, 31
General Motors Electro-Motive Division 9 106–114
Georgia Power 5 1401–1402, 1405, 1503–1504
W.R. Grace Chemical 2 101, 102
Great Northern Railway 10 200-209
Houston Belt and Terminal Railway 6 50-55
Howe Coal 2 1, 2
Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad 27 9200-9221, 9223-9227
Illinois Terminal Railroad 7 1509–1515
Indianapolis Union Railway 5 24, 26, 30–32
Inland Steel 7 119-125
Kansas City Southern Railway 42 1500–1541
Kentucky and Indiana Terminal Railroad 16 67-83
Lake Erie, Franklin and Clarion Railroad 2 23, 24
Longview, Portland and Northern Railway 1 130
Louisville and Nashville Railroad 30 5000–5029
Minneapolis, Northfield and Southern Railway 2 36–37
Minnesota Taconite US Steel 6 949–954
Minnesota Transfer Railway 7 300-306
Mississippi Export Railroad 1 64
Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad 6 50-55
Missouri Pacific Railroad 4 1518–1521
New Orleans Public Belt Railroad 3 151–153
Patapsco and Back Rivers Railroad 2 160, 161
Penn Central 84 9500–9583
Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad 40 1534–1563, 9280–9289
Reading Railroad 21 2750–2770
Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad 9 1-8,91
Rock Island 10 940–949
Roscoe, Snyder and Pacific Railway 2 500,600
St. Mary's Railroad 1 503
Sandersville Railroad 2 100,300
St. Louis–San Francisco Railway 46 315–360
Southern Railway 48 2300–2347
Southern Pacific Railroad 204 2450–2480, 2493–2510, 2523–2578, 2591–2689
St. Louis Southwestern Railway 36 2481–2492, 2511–2522, 2579–2590
Tennessee Copper 1 108
Tennessee Eastman Corporation
(Eastman Kodak)
1 1
Terminal Railroad Alabama State Docks 2 681,682
Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis 17 1501–1517
Toledo, Peoria and Western Railroad 4 303–306
Union Railroad 9 1–9
U S Pipe and Foundry 4 51–54
Vermont Railway 1 501
Weyerhaeuser Timber Co. 2 306, 307
Winifrede Railroad 1 13
Western Pacific Railroad 3 1501–1503
Export orders
Amapá Railway, Brazil 1 5
Total 808

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Solomon, Brian (2016-06-15). Field Guide to Trains: Locomotives and Rolling Stock. Voyageur Press. ISBN 978-0-7603-4997-7.
  2. ^ Foster, Gerald L. (1996). A field guide to trains of North America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. pp. 11, 16. ISBN 0-395-70112-0.
  • Dover, Dan (January–February 1974). "808 SW1500's". Extra 2200 South: 22–24.
  • GATX Rail Locomotive Group. "SW1500". Archived from the original on September 6, 2008. Retrieved March 20, 2005.
  • Hayden, Bob, ed. (1980). Model Railroader Cyclopedia-Volume 2: Diesel Locomotives. Kalmbach Books. ISBN 0-89024-547-9.
  • Pinkepank, Jerry A. (1973). The Second Diesel Spotter's Guide. Kalmbach Publishing Co., Milwaukee, WI. ISBN 0-89024-026-4.

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