WP 2001


Western Pacific 2001

1959 EMD GP20


Model:  GP20

Prime Mover:  EMD 567D2 - 16 Cylinder Turbocharged

Builder:  Electro-Motive Division

Horsepower:  2000

Built:  November 1959

Operating Weight:  256,890 lbs. (128,5 Tons)

Builder #:  25623

Length:  56 ft. 2 in.

Status:  Winterized, expect radiator repairs to effect operational status (as of 3/15/21)

Maximum Speed: 65 MPH




Western Pacific 2001 was the first GP-20 build by EMD.

Thanks in part to EMD's sales claims that the new GP20 would reduce scheduled maintenance time by 60% and increase freight speeds with a 2 for 3 replacement of older power, Western Pacific purchased 6 units numbered 2001-2006 in 1959 at a cost of $212,793.  Our 2001 was the first production GP20 built, and EMD showed it off around the country before releasing it to the WP.  Following the success of the original 6, WP again ordered 4 more units, numbered 2007-2010 in mid 1960 to replace several ailing FT freight engines.  EMD allowed a $17,000 credit towards each of the last 4 GP20's with the trade-in of 4 retired FT's.  All of WP's GP20's were delivered with large "Pyle National" singe bulb headlights, dynamic brakes, and dual controls, so the locomotives could be operated from either side of the cab.  This eliminated the need to turn the locomotive at the end of a run so that the short hood end was leading; now engineers could operate from either side of the cab and still end up on the right hand side of the track to see signals.

Following the 1982 merger of Union Pacific with the Western Pacific, UP began retiring WP's fleet of older locomotives soon after the merger.  Recognizing the historical importance of 2001, UP donated the engine in 1985 to the fledgling Feather River Rail Society who ran the locomotive for several years around the property hauling train loads of guests.  In the late 1980's, the 2001 was looking and feeling a little worn out due to it's heavy use on the WP.  FRRS volunteers restored the 2001 and gave her a brand new DuPont Imron paint job of her as delivered silver and orange paint with black chevron stripes, completing her in time to return to home rails and a public debut at "Railfair '99" in Sacramento at the California State Railroad Museum.

Today, the 2001 is one of the most popular exhibits at the museum due to its attractive paint, unique history, and the fact that it is kept polished and in mainline condition.  WP 2001 was approved for two Amtrak excursions down the Canyon in previous years.

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Brand new Western Pacific 2001 poses for the EMD Company Photographer in November 1959.
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WP 2001 and sister GP20 2009 spotting industries, at an unknown location on the WP in the late 1960's

WP 2001 returns to the "Feather River Route" at the head end of the "Feather River Express" charter train returning passengers from the 2010 "Portola Railroad Days" in August of 2010.  Three former California Zephyr cars also make up the special train. (last three cars)
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WP 2001 at rest between assignments at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum.
WP 2001 WP 2001 returned to its home rails of the Western Pacific to assist Golden Gate Railroad Museum move from its long time home in San Francisco to the Niles Canyon Railway in Sunol, California in February 2006.  2001 was photographed by rail enthusiast Ryan Martin at 2am moving through South San Francisco in the pre-dawn hours of February 25, 2006 in this breathtaking shot. WP 2001
WP 2001 returns for the first time in 21 years to the former Western Pacific's system locomotive shop in Stockton, California during the Golden Gate Railroad Museum move in February of 2006 for a quick servicing and inspection with running mates WP 707 and WP 925-C.  Former WP employees in Stockton yard were overjoyed to see WP power return, if just for the night.
Links to Train Sheet articles about WP 2001:
Train Sheet #168, Page 20:  WP 2001 at Malfunction Junction
Train Sheet #155, Page 4:  Makes History Again! part 2
Train Sheet #154, Page 5:  Makes History...Again
Train Sheet #147, Page 20:  Stockton Yard Feb 3, 2006
Train Sheet #138, Page 16:  WP 2001 in San Francisco
Train Sheet #136, Page 19:  A Friend in Need pt 3 Hospital Train
Train Sheet #122, Page 5:  FRRS is Preserving the Western Pacific
Train Sheet #096, Page 1:  FRRS GP-20 #2001 Featured at Railfair 99
Train Sheet #041, Page 3:  Diesel Doings RAL, WP 2001
Train Sheet #040, Page 6:  Diesel Doings WP 805, 2001
Train Sheet #037, Page 4:  Diesel Doings May/Jun 1989
Train Sheet #036, Page 5:  2001 UPDATE
Train Sheet #034, Page 9:  More Diesel Doings
Train Sheet #021, Page 5:  Electro-Motive Tech a Diesel Update
Train Sheet #014, Page 1:  WP GP-20 at the Museum
Train Sheet #014, Page 5:  WP 2001 arrived
Other reference:  WP_2001, Page 1:  WP 2001 Sign

Other reference:  WP_2001_events, Page 1:  WP 2001 events Sign

The Western Pacific HEADLIGHT articles about WP 2001:
Headlight # 40, Page 24:  WP GP20 2001
Headlight # 15, Page 32:  On the Property - Western Pacific GP20 No. 2001
Headlight # 15, Page 51:  Portrait of the Feather
Headlight # 14, Page 36:  Portrait of the Feather
Headlight # 9, Page 78:  Western Pacific Railroad Diesel Locomotives