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UP SD40-2 8042flagWood River NE Wood River

UP 8042 in service. Now it is http://trainspo.com/photo/66428/.

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©  Jul 30, 1979


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UP 8042 in service. Now it is http://trainspo.com/photo/66428/.



Hard industrial!
Always nice to see those classic UP EMD's in action! So this is the "fast forty" unit? I wonder what is the speed of this train?
Yes, it is a Fast Forty. He was certainly capable of doing 80, but with the mixed freight and probably empty hog stock cars at the head end, I'd guess no more than 70 mph. The highway speed limit back then was a paltry 55 mph, so it was risky to try to pace UP trains along US Hwy. 30. They would always overtake and outrun you!
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