Status of the GP7s and GP9s

Guilford Rail System changed its name to Pan Am Railways in 2006. Discussion relating to the current operations of the Boston & Maine, the Maine Central, and the Springfield Terminal railroads (as well as the Delaware & Hudson while it was under Guilford control until 1988). Official site can be found here: PANAMRAILWAYS.COM.

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Re: Status of the GP7s and GP9s

Post by Reader#108 » Sun Feb 24, 2013 12:22 am

This forum should be changed to GP9's, as the surviving GP7's are no longer owned by Pan Am :-)

I would imagine that you will start to see the GP9's drop off the roster shortly here.....

they are struggling to keep the regular power running, never mind these poor machines

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Re: Status of the GP7s and GP9s

Post by thebigham » Mon Feb 25, 2013 2:07 pm

^Maybe not. They repainted one last year and a few are still in service.

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Re: Status of the GP7s and GP9s

Post by guilfordrailfan » Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:22 pm

Actually there were no heritage units repainted last year. The last one, MEC 52, was painted Nov 2011. At the present time there are only six GP9's still owned and rostered by Pan Am. Of those, only one is in service, BM 77 at East Deerfield. Supposedly, the "Heritage" repaint program is not dead, but it is most certainly inactive. The GP9's are extremely old and tired machines. They could still be decent yard and local power if sufficient resources were invested in their mechanical deficiencies. So far, except for the paint and little else, that has not happened. Quite honestly, I don't see it happening either. But that is just my opinion and I hope I'm wrong.

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Re: Status of the GP7s and GP9s

Post by MEC407 » Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:34 pm

I think you hit the nail on the head, Bill. I like the antiques just as much as anyone else, but that's exactly what they are: antiques. Are there other railroads still using GP9s? Sure, but most of them have been extensively rebuilt (multiple times in some cases) or remanufactured. Some of the B&M GP9s were rebuilt back in the day, but that was a very long time ago and they're now way overdue for another full rebuild. At a certain point it's just not economical to do so. PAR's limited resources would be better spent on dragging a few of the GP40s out of the deadline, rebuilding them into GP38-2 equivalents, and using them in the yards and on the branch jobs.
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Re: Status of the GP7s and GP9s

Post by thebigham » Mon Apr 22, 2013 12:07 pm

This was just posted at NERail:

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=208270

Is it #62?

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Re: Status of the GP7s and GP9s

Post by guilfordrailfan » Mon Apr 22, 2013 12:50 pm

thebigham wrote:This was just posted at NERail:

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=208270

Is it #62?
Yes it is.

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Re: Status of the GP7s and GP9s

Post by thebigham » Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:08 pm

^Thanks, Bill!

Looks rough...

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Re: Status of the GP7s and GP9s

Post by MEC407 » Mon Mar 24, 2014 5:32 pm

I was thinking of the GP7s recently, and I kind of miss them. I used to see 10, 12, 15, 25, and 470 a lot on various locals and yard jobs. They seemed to run pretty well, and then it was like they disappeared almost overnight.
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Re: Status of the GP7s and GP9s

Post by 690 » Mon Mar 24, 2014 7:12 pm

Used to see them all the time in Oakland, and most of them put on a pretty good smokeshow. And listening to 567's struggling to move ~20 loaded boxcars was incredible, especially on the relatively quiet days where you could hear them coming from a distance. I just wish I had been able to get more pictures of them.

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Re: Status of the GP7s and GP9s

Post by MEC407 » Mon Mar 24, 2014 7:19 pm

Same here. More pictures, and I wish it would have occurred to me to shoot some video of them. Hindsight is 20/20!
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Re: Status of the GP7s and GP9s

Post by thebigham » Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:30 pm

New pics of the Waterville yard:

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Re: Status of the GP7s and GP9s

Post by newpylong » Tue Sep 09, 2014 7:54 am

Here are two photos of yours truly in 2006 or so that I found. They were great engines.
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Re: Status of the GP7s and GP9s

Post by jaymac » Tue Sep 09, 2014 9:48 am

newpylong » Tue Sep 09, 2014 7:54 am
Here are two photos of yours truly in 2006 or so that I found. They were great engines.

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Re: Status of the GP7s and GP9s

Post by newpylong » Tue Sep 09, 2014 12:41 pm

As one old timer told me, "treat everything here like it's poison". IE don't touch it :)
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Re: Status of the GP7s and GP9s

Post by B&M 1227 » Tue Sep 09, 2014 6:43 pm

That first shot is Buskirk... any idea where the second shot was taken? Hoosick Junction?
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