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BHP Motive Power

The BHP Nevada Railroad acquired 5 ex-Southern Pacific diesel locomotives for transporting copper concentrate from their mill at the former site of Riepetown to the interchange with the Union Pacific at Shafter, NV. In addition, they had 3 engines designated for switching duty presumably at both the mill concentrate loader and the East Ely ore yard.

Two of the former SP units were repainted into the BHP dark blue and yellow livery. The remaining three units of the series remained in their gray and scarlet SP colors.

After the termination of the mining operations in the summer of 1999, the motive power was stored at the mill. Subsequently, on 15 May 2000, the Nevada Northern Railway Museum obtained the BHP Nevada Railroad motive power as part of a settlement of their track lease contract. The motive power, along with various railcars, was moved from the BHP facilities near Ruth to the east end of the NNRy yards at East Ely on June 13 and 14.

In November 2000, the Colorado, Kansas, and Pacific RR purchased four of the SD9s (Nos. 201, 202, 203, & 205) and both of the GE 70-tonners. The Museum retained SD9 No. 204 and RS3 No. 13.

The livery, lettering and numbering presented below was accurate as of 19 June 1999, just prior to the cessation of operations.

BHP track bulletin

Railroad Numerology

Traditional Redundancy / Customary Duality

The railroads of White Pine County apparently run out of numbers faster than the telephone company.

David Sellers, former Elyite and passionate NN railfan, observes that the BHP Nevada Railroad continued the NNRy tradition of assigning the same road number to multiple units. BHP Alco RS3 switcher was assigned road #13 while one of their GE 44-ton switchers concurrently carried #013!

The Nevada Northern began their dual numbering practice as early as 1908. By 1915 their passenger equipment roster contained coaches No. 2 & 02, No. 3 & 03 and coach No. 4 to pair with combination coach/baggage car No. 04.

By 1923 some semblance of order had arisen from this initial chaos. The dual numbering practice continued but coaches were assigned the single digit format (No. 3, 4, 5 & 6) while combination cars sported the two-digit "aught" or "cipher" scheme (No. 03, 04, 05 & 06). Contemporaneous coach No. 5 and combine No. 05 maintain their original digital design to this day and can be viewed at the NNRy Museum in East Ely.

The NN private varnish suffered from a somewhat milder case of this digital disease. No. 100 was used on 3 different cars and No. 101 was employed twice. Happily, the use of the same numbers for these business cars was temporally discreet.

 

Builder

Type

BHP road No.

 

Livery

Letter

Built

b/n

Comments

EMD

SD9E

(201)

BHP SD-9 #201
05 Sep 1998
Copyright © 2000 Jim Bryant

SP bloody nose

SP

3/54

19443

Built SP 5354; renumbered 3814 in 1965; rebuilt 8/70 to 4303. Retired 1994; to PR 11/95. Not renumbered by BHP; not operational-main generator short.

EMD

SD9E

202

BHP SD-9 #202
19 Jun 1999
Copyright © 2000 Keith Albrandt

SP bloody nose

SP

2/56

21290

Built SP 5465; renumbered 3939 in 1965; rebuilt 2/72 to 4352. BHP 202 on left side. No number on right side.

EMD

SD9E

203

BHP SD-9 #203
05 Sep 1998
Copyright © 2000 Jim Bryant

SP bloody nose

SP

4/54

19460

Built SP 5371; renumbered 3830 in 1965; rebuilt 2/76 to 4412. Retired 7/95; to PR 11/95.

EMD

SD9R

204

BHP SD-9 #204
05 Sep 1998
Copyright © 2000 Jim Bryant

BHP blue & yellow

none

2/56

21293

Built SP 5468; renumbered 3942 in 1965; rebuilt 5/77 to 4426. Retired 7/95; to PR 11/95

EMD

SD9E

205

BHP SD-9 #205
05 Sep 1998
Copyright © 2000 Jim Bryant

BHP blue & yellow

none

5/55

20210

Built SP 5432; renumbered 3910 in 1965; rebuilt 11/76 to 4418. Retired 7/95; to PR 11/95

Alco (Schen.)

RS3

13

Alco RS-3 #13

06 Sep 1998
Copyright © 2000 Jim Bryant

Dark orange & black

none

10/51

79244

Built as L&HR No. 13. Sold 2/72 (through Silcott) to SMARRCO No. 13. To BHP No. 13 in 1997.

"Interesting that somewhere along the way, the L&HR's 'frog-eye' number boards were removed (notice the notches on the corners of the hood), and replaced with the standard Alco flush-mount number boards." -- Marty Feldner

GE

70-ton

012

70-ton GE #012
05 Sep 1998
Copyright © 2000 Jim Bryant

Yellow/green stripes

BHP & SMVRR

3/52

31282

Built as SMVRR #40. Out of service with broken crankshaft. BHP logo and lettering in bluish hue on right side of cab, with "012" in black. Left side of cab lettered "SMVRR" in same green as striping, number painted out.

GE

70-ton

013

70-ton GE #013
07 Aug 2000
Copyright © 2000 Al Clemens

Yellow/green stripes

none

8/50

30447

Built as SMVRR #30. Number "013" in black on both sides of cab; no logo or lettering.

 

Abbreviations

 

Alco

American Locomotive Co.

b/n

Builders number

EMD

Electro-Motive Division, General Motors Corp

GE

General Electric Co.

L&HR

Lehigh and Hudson River Railway

PR

Progress Rail Service (dealer)

SMARRCO

San Manuel Arizona Railroad Co.

SMVRR

Santa Maria Valley Railroad

 

References:

Clemens, Al. Personal communications, 09 & 14 Aug 2000.

Connelly, Eugene. Personal communication, 08 Aug 2000.
Cripps, Mike. Agent-emeritus BHP Nevada Railroad, personal communication.

Diesel Era staff. "EMD's SD9 - Part 2" Diesel Era 7 (6): 36-48, 62-64 (Nov/Dec 1996).

"Inventory Swells." Summer 2000. Ghost Tracks - Official Newsletter of the Nevada Northern Railway Museum. p. 1, insert.
Percy, Richard. "Espee Modelers Home Page" http://espee.railfan.net/espee.html

 

 

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