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UP wrecker mystery
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Author:  John T [ Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:09 pm ]
Post subject:  UP wrecker mystery

Many years ago I visited Rick Franklin's yard at Lebanon, OR. This railroad contractor had purchased two wreckers. One, SP #7020, is now at Brooks, OR. The other was a UP 250 tonner and has now been repainted at RFRX 1001. Look down near the bottom here:

https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/topic/how ... damp-black

I have looked high and low and cannot find the photos or notes I took. The best match I can make is:

Bucyrus-Erie 43893 04-31-47 250t SW

Oregon-Washington Ry & Navigation #0310

Union Pacific #900310 (conv to diesel 1976)

retired 02-02-02 & scrap

From this photo: https://donstrack.smugmug.com/UtahRails ... -83tSnBD/A

The boom construction and window configuration match.

The other candidate is

36211 06-26-45 250t SW Union Pacific #044 to #03044 to #903044

(conv to diesel 06-75 retired 04-89 & scrap)

https://donstrack.smugmug.com/UtahRails ... -Wvf6rP4/A

but the windows don't match.

Any ideas?

Author:  M Secco [ Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:29 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: UP wrecker mystery

Looks like it's the 900310. No railing on the top left corner eve of the roof like the other UP candidate. Though the orange one now has a hose reel on the underside of the base of the Boom and the boom tie-downs now have Springs in them where the 900310 did not originally. Stuff like that could change but no one would really change a window ,too much work, and besides what would be the point. Just my opinion.

Author:  John T [ Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:40 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: UP wrecker mystery

Glad to hear my photo analises confirmed.

Author:  shay2305 [ Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:33 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: UP wrecker mystery

The crane in question is currently stored at the end of track behind the Rick Franklin Co. equipment yard. I had the opportunity today to get back and get a couple of photos for you. Here is an exterior photo and a photo of the builders plate.

The flat car that was the boom tender for the crane was converted to an open air passenger car in 2014 for the excursion trains. There was also an ex-UP mail storage car with the crane which is also used on the excursion train.


Author:  John T [ Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:14 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: UP wrecker mystery

Thank you Arron. That is the kind of evidence I like to see. Now one more piece of wrecker lore is pinned down.

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