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Builder Electro-Motive Division of General Motors
Built October 1952
Type GP7
Horsepower 1500
Serial number 17056
Original cost $170,922
Top speed 65 MPH
Operating weight 251,700 lbs

Western Pacific 708 has been described by members and visitors in many ways, but “beautiful” is not usually one of them.

Since we have three other examples of WP and Sacramento Northern GP7’s, we felt it important to preserve and present the 708 in its “as working” appearance. It is important to note that locomotives are rarely kept polished or have their paint touched up when in service on the railroads. Despite the WP’s system locomotive shop in Stockton having a fully functioning wash rack to keep the roads locomotives clean, most of the older locomotives like the 708 only came home to Stockton for repairs or maintenance, and immediately sent back to work.

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