• GP40-2s and Top Lettering

  • Discussion of the historical operations related to the Central Railroad of New Jersey; Lehigh & Hudson River; Lehigh & New England; Lehigh Valley; and the Reading Company. Visit the Anthracite Railroads Historical Society for more information.
Discussion of the historical operations related to the Central Railroad of New Jersey; Lehigh & Hudson River; Lehigh & New England; Lehigh Valley; and the Reading Company. Visit the Anthracite Railroads Historical Society for more information.

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  by NYSW3614
 
Just wondering if anyone's done a model of these and if so, what tips they have for modelling them (decals etc).

I understand the road numbers were also on top of the cab, where there other engines done this way? Why was this done? Thanks!

  by rushhour
 
This was done so that the tower operators could see what the engine numbers were. I think it was onlt done on those engines.

  by rdganthracite
 
rushhour wrote:This was done so that the tower operators could see what the engine numbers were. I think it was onlt done on those engines.
I know for certain that the SW1001s had the roof numbers. I saw and photographed many of them from the bridge over the hump in Rutherford, I think that the MP15s had the cab roof numbers also.

  by RDG Mallet
 
Hello,

If I understand correctly, ALL of the RDG locomotives that recieved the FINAL solid green scheme recieved cab roof numbers. This included the SW1001s, MP-15s, GP39-2s, GP40-2s, and even the 3640, the only RDG GP-35 to recieve the final green scheme. :)

Mike

READING COMPANY "AMERICA'S LARGEST ANTHRACITE CARRIER"

  by rushhour
 
I didnt know this. Thanks for the heads up. :D

  by Roscoe P. Coaltrain
 
RDG Mallet wrote:Hello,

If I understand correctly, ALL of the RDG locomotives that recieved the FINAL solid green scheme recieved cab roof numbers. This included the SW1001s, MP-15s, GP39-2s, GP40-2s, and even the 3640, the only RDG GP-35 to recieve the final green scheme. :)

Mike

READING COMPANY "AMERICA'S LARGEST ANTHRACITE CARRIER"

According to photo evidence, only the GP40-2s and the SW1001 had the roof numbers.

  by Roscoe P. Coaltrain
 
Regarding the GP40-2s, I once heard the story that they were financed by Bethlehem Steel, which is why they were assigned to the Joanna Mine runs. Is their any truth to the story that the steel company financed this order? Did they just act as a banker (loan agent), or did Bethlehem purchase them outright for the Reading and later Conrail would have purchased them from Bethlehem?

  by RDG Mallet
 
According to the roof number showing through on the old CR paint, the 3640 had it too. It was the only RDG GP-35 to get the solid green scheme. You want evidence come to Leesport, PA and see for yourself.

Finally dug out my RDG Diesels Vol. 2 by Dale Woodland. The 40s and 1001s definatly did, the 3640 definatly did, the 39s are questionable because there are NO clear roof shots.

Mike

READING LINES "BEE LINE SERVICE"