Book, Southern Pacific and the K-M Hydraulics
In 1959 the Southern Pacific Railroad found itself in need of higher horsepower diesel locomotives to move their increasing freight traffic across the Sierras. As American locomotive manufactures could not meet the SP requirements the company began looking overseas. In Munich Germany they found that Krauss Maffei, a respected locomotive builder, was producing diesel-hydraulic locomotives rated at 4000 horsepower. Southern Pacific and KM Hydraulics is the story of the building of these locomotives in Germany and of operating them in the United States.
Robert J. Zenk working with KM and SP records, first-person accounts and a mechanical study of the sole surviving unit has authored an interesting history of the rise and fall of the hydraulic locomotives on the Southern Pacific. There are detailed studies of each the 21 SP locomotives, the use of 9010 as the SP camera car and the locomotive's rebirth at the Niles Canyon Railway. This 300 page landscape book contains over 80 drawings, some 300 black/white and color photos many of which have never been published. The cover painting was done by John Winfield.
Publisher: Southern Pacific Historic & Technical Society