ARR no. 2401 at the Anchorage Depot and in front of the Anchorage Diesel
House in 1985. EMD Builders no. 20494 new in 9/55 as Union Pacific #957.
Unit was sold to AMTRAK 4/71 and acquired by ARR in July 1981. Both
2401 and 2402 were rebuilt by the Alaska Railroad with 645 engines, smaller
wheels and freight gearing of 55/22. They were usually assigned as
the lead unit on Anchorage/Fairbanks express passenger trains, followed
by a mix of FP7 and F7 A&B units and HEP cars as needed. Immediate
spotting difference is the surface mounted headlight assembly on the 2401.
The original AMTRAK air horn assembly from this locomotive is on display
at the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry in Wasilla Alaska.
Number 2401 now belongs to the Wisconsin and Southern as 10A.
Photo courtesy of Pat Durand
Amtrak E unit No. 430 (former UP 957) just after arrival
in Anchorage in September 1981 at the Anchorage Diesel House. This would
become the 2401.