Western Pacific 705

1952 EMD GP7

 

Model:  GP7

Prime Mover:  EMD 567B - 16 Cylinder

Builder:  Electro-Motive Division

Horsepower:  1500

Built:  October 1952

Operating Weight:  251,700 lbs.

Builder #:  17029

Length:  56 ft. 2 in.

Status:  Stored, pending restoration

Maximum Speed:  65 MPH

 

 

705 Came to the Western Pacific Railroad Museum from Arizona where she spent several years working in the desert hauling freight for shortline "Arizona Central" after retirement from the Western Pacific.  This explains the faded red paint.  705 was purchased by a group of FRRS members and brought "home" in 2005.  Nicknamed "Mary Kay" due to it's pink (faded red) paint, the 705 will be restored as time and money allow.  For the time being, WP 705 is stored at the museum on display.  It has not been decided what paint scheme it will wear once mechanical restoration is completed.

 

WP 705 in service during a layover at "Jeffrey Shops" in Sacramento, CA in the early 1970's.

WP 705 spends a few moments in the limelight with a visit by the Cheyenne Wyoming "Hooters Girls" while in transit to its new home at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola, California.