Re: Locomotives to the USSR via Portland, OR and the SP&S

Bruce Smith


Great stuff! It would appear that the converter cars were to handle the power plant trains. It is interesting that they were moved on the rail, presumably using US gauge trucks, and presumably having their trucks swapped to 5' gauge at some point.

I note that at least 2 of the 70-ton NYC flats for hauling the locomotives appear to be in "captive" service, with instructions to return with loading devices (rails, etc...) intact. These cars were then NOT in the national pool. Very interesting. 

I also note the speed limits of 30 mph for locos and 25 mph for the power plants. 

Bruce Smith
Auburn, AL

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Hi All,

The material Paul Hobbs used in creation of his article came from the SP&S Railway Historical Society Archives and this comes from SP&S File 272-17-3 "Exports to Russia".

I have attached a few letters from this file which are for the locomotives and the power trains. Besides the PRR "converter cars" (cars with knuckle couplers one end and Willison couplers on the other end) there were also DL&W cars setup this way.

Richard Wilkens

Editor "The Northwest's Own Railway"
Archivist, SP&S Railway Historical Society

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