May 8, 2017
UP #700, isn't that the first GP30 built?
I don't believe so. The first production GP30 was Reading 5513.
Well, after a bit of searching around about my favorite diseasel, the venerable and stylish GP30, I finally figured it out.
The RDG recieved GP30 5503, 5513, 5514 and 5520 in Mar of 62. By frame number, the 5513 could very well be the first production unit. As well as SAL in Mar of 62, the 534.
I believe the confusion comes from UP recieving demonstrator 5629 in July of 61 and using it until Sep. At which time it was returned to EMD. The UP recieved it 1st batch, the 800-874 series in July to Oct of 62. (Displacing the 844 out of it's historic number into the 8444.) The UP 700 is a Feb of 63 product.
Now that was a java driven rabbit hole.......
844 lives south of Vegas, saw her 3 years ago, decided not to ask the wife if I could look at her since it was pushing 120°
WP U30B 762, Denver, CO, circa 1970 (Bob Jordan)
WP F7B 920B, circa 1971 (Bob Jordan)
An interesting pattern on this 'B' unit's side. Shows some inadequate paint prep work.
A lot of WP's F-Units in the 70's began to look like 920B. That would seem likely (or possibly a lesser quality paint or both).
A pair of WP F7Bs at an unknown location, circa 1971 (Bob Jordan)
WP GP40 3510, Denver, CO, circa 1970 (Bob Jordan)
WP GP40 3515, Denver, CO, circa 1971 (Bob Jordan)
WP GP40 3517, Denver, CO, circa 1971 (Bob Jordan)
Two views of Amtrak Coach 4499 (ex-Santa Fe 2893), Denver, CO, circa 1972 (Bob Jordan)