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Old 03-23-2006, 07:35 PM   #1
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Default Southern Pacific Oil Train

Looking for some information about the unit oil trains that the Southern Pacific used to run, I believe on a fairly regular basis, over Cajon Pass or Tehachapi, not sure which one. I'm trying to recreate a similar unit train in my personal N-Scale model railroad layout.

Roughly, how many tank cars were in the general consist of these trains ?

I understand that the SP would often use several locomotives split between head-end power, mid-train and end of train helpers to haul these trains through, up and over the passes. With this I can only assume that the average make up was somewhere in the neighborhood of around 70 to 80 cars.

Does the Union Pacific still run this train today ?

If anyone can give me some more detailed info regarding these trains I would greatly appreciate it.


Joe Champlin
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