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Southern Pacific Steam Power

Pictures on these pages are N scale models of the Southern Pacific Steam Locomotives I have.
Prototype basic historic informations are desumed from sources listed above.
If some of you found errors or have additional informations,
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Last upd. Nov-2009

MT-1 and MT-4 Class Mountains 4-8-2
MT-4 #4352
MT-1 #4353 (Shasta division)

4·8-2 MOUNTAIN - Total engines: 83

The 43OO's were the only series of 4-8-2's on the railroad.
They were alI assigned to and used generalIy throughout the Pacific System, although during World War II
some are known to have worked on the lines east of El Paso.
As out­lined in the table below, the first twenty-eight were built by Schenectady in 1923 and 1924,
while numbers 4328-4376 were built in tbe Company's shops at Sacramento between 1925 and 1930.
There were no engines assigned numbers 4377-4384.
Numbers 4385-4390 were built by Brooks in 1924 for the El Paso & Southwestern and were acquired the same year
with the purchase of the EP&SW.
Since 1902 and 1904 tbe Atlantics and Pacifics had handled the principal passenger assignments, but as equipment grew heavier and trains longer, the larger power was needed, and by 1943, after the last new 4-8-4 had been acquired,
the Southern Pacific had nearly two hundred big, fast locomotives capable of dispatching any requirement made of them.
Unfortunately, however, from 1945 on these requirements were less and less in through passenger service and the 43OO's were found more in freight pools and in the San Francisco­San Jose commuter runs where they had gradualIy taken over from the Pacific's and heavy 4-6-0's.
The series remained intact unti the last part of 1951 when 3 of the former EP&SW engines were scrapped,
and by 1958 the entire group had been removed from service, and alI the engines have been destroyed.

 

 

 

 

Total

 

Tractive

 

 

Class

Numbers

Drivers

Cylinders

Weight

BP

Effort

Builder

Date

MT-1

4300-4327

73

28x30

368000

210

57510

Schenectady,

1923-1924

MT-2

4385-4390

73

28x30

391000

225

61620

Brooks

1924

MT-3

4328-4345

73

28x30

368000

210

57510

SP-Sacramento

1925-1926

MT-4

4346-4366

73

28x30

368000

210

57510

SP-Sacramento

1925-1929

MT-5

4367-4376

73

28x30

368000

210

57510

SP-Sacramento

1929-1930

The above "digest" of the Espee MT's story are scan from the internal sheet in the Key Import box of models.
Click on the PDF symbol to download.

- Key_MT-1_MT-4.pdf - Key MT-5 Data sheet.pdf

Source for classification and historical info used

On Line References :

OFF Line References ( sometimes called "Books" ) :

  • A Century of SP Steam Locomotives - Guy L. Dunscomb
  • Southern Pacific Steam Pictorial - Guy l.Dunscomb, Donald K.Dunscomb, Robert A.Pecotich Vol.1 & Vol.2
  • SP Co. Steam Locomotive Compendium - Diebert & Strapac
  • Steam Locomotives Cyclopedia- Vol.1- Model railroader - Linn H.Westcott
  • Southern Pacific MT Class 4-8-2 Pictorial Volume 28 - Jeff Ainsworth - Monte Vista Publishing
  • Southern Pacific 4300 4-8-2's - Church - Signature Press

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