Southern Pacific #9010

The 9010 was bought new by the Southern Pacific in 1964 and was part of an order for 15 identical units.  They were an experiment in high horsepower diesel hydraulic locomotives that had rather short careers on the SP, being retired by November, 1968.  The 9010 was converted in 1968 to camera car 8799 and was used to produce film for the locomotive simulator.  It was purchased by the California State Railroad Museum in April, 1986 and suffered an abortive effort to restore it to its original appearance.  It sat noseless and exposed to the elements and thieves in in the old S.P. Sacramento yard until acquired by the Pacific Locomotive Association in 2008.

Technical Data

Builder Krauss Maffei (Germany)
Number 19106
Date March 1964
Type ML 4000 C’C’
Wheel Arrangement C-C
Power Diesel-Hydraulic
Gross Weight 179 tons
Tractive Effort 118,000 lbs @ 33%


  • 1964, Built new for the Southern Pacific Railroad
  • 1966, Renumbered SP 9113
  • 1966, Rebuilt at Sacramento General Shops
  • 1968, Retired by Southern Pacific
  • 1969, Renumbered to SP 8799, rebuilt to Camera Car for locomotive simulator
  • 1984, Retired by Southern Pacific
  • 1986, Donated to California State Railroad Museum
  • 2008, Ownership Transfered to Pacific Locomotive Assn.
  • 2009, Under Restoration, Niles Canyon Railway
Looking out of the cab of the #9010 while sitting in our Niles Station. – Photo by: Chris Hauf – Used with permission

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