John L Mathis

Railroad Photography

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UP 6943 at North Platte, NE in April 1980.

Union Pacific DDA40X 6943 trails a "fast forty" SD40-2H 8096 as it heads for the servicing area at Union Pacific's Bailey yard in North Platte, NE late on an April 1980 day. Shortly thereafter all of the big locomotives were put into long term storage until some, including the 6943, were returned to service in 1984-85. The 6943 was traded to EMD and scrapped in 1986. The 8096 was delivered in 1979 as part of the last group of 25 SD40-2H's which were geared for high speed service (80mph instead of 65mph) to keep up with the DDA40X Centennials. When the 1980 recession sidelined the 6900's, the "fast forty's" were regeared to 65mph and renumbered back into the 3000 series. The 8096 became the 3605, retired to become CEFX 3159 and now NS 3451 (4/2013). (Hard to believe that I took this photo 33 years ago -already).


Nikon F2 - Kodachrome slide digitally copied with Sony A99V, Sony 50mm f/2.8 lens, Kenko 12mm extension tube and Nikon ES1 Slide Copying Adapter. Copy Settings: 1/5 sec. - f/10 - +0.7 EV - ISO 100. Processed with Raw Photo Processor (RPP) and Photoshop CS6.


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