GP11 8701

Unknown Photographer (Jim Jones Collection)

 
    Illinois Central, and later Illinois Central Gulf, was having so much success rebuilding geeps that they started buying units that were from other railroads.  UP 318B was one such a unit and the fact it didn't have a cab wasn't as bad you would first think.  It was built by EMD in September, 1957 and bought by ICG in November of 1979 to be built into GP11 8701.  After successfully building the first GP11(8301) in 1978, the Paducah Shops produced another 53(8701-53) GP11's starting in 1979.  While 8701 should have been next, it wasn't released until July of 1979 after several other eighty-seven-hundred GP11's had already been released.  One could speculate that the Shops were still working out the kinks.  8701 was repainted into the new IC black and white scheme, and stayed with the railroad until November 28th, 2000 when it was donated to the city of Carbondale, Illinois.  It is currently on static display there.

Notes:  This unit appears to have been "touched-up" several times and eventually the sill ended up being orange.  Note the lack of a "GP11" tag.  Tags weren't applied until the 8710 unit.

Date in Solid Orange:  July 9th 1979 - ??

 

 

THE PHOTOS

8701aJimJonesCollection.jpg (63037 bytes)

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Unknown (Jim Jones Collection)

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8701gDecaturIllinois04011981DanBohannonCollection.jpg (49665 bytes)

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Decatur, Illinois

Photographer:

Dan Bohannon Collection

Date:

April 1st, 1981
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8701bDanBohannon.jpg (70696 bytes)

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Photographer:

Dan Bohannon 

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8701cJimJonesCollection.jpg (61958 bytes)

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Unknown (Jim Jones Collection)

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Location:

Starkville, Mississippi

Photographer:

A. L. Goodman III

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8701eJimJonesCollection.JPG (58681 bytes)

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