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SSW 28518 SSW 28518 built by PCF in August 1968. Rehabilitated and painted to GVSR 117006 in July 1995. Financed by First Security Ban
SP 217
SSW 191
GVSR 168
VCY 35
DRGW 31
CRLE 9
GRCX 4
HPJX 3
UPFE 2
TKEN 1
Boxcar 548
Covered Hopper 55
Open Hopper 20
Gondola 15
Refrigerated Boxcar 12
Woodchip Gondola 6
Bulkhead Flatcar 5
Golden West Service Freight Cars

We currently have 661 photos online representing 6.3% of the 10,474 railcars involved in the GWS rebuild program1

This website is not affiated with Gunderson, Greenbrier, Southern Pacific or any other railroad corporate entity. It is strictly a website dedicated to the photography and modelling of freight cars that were rebuilt and painted into Golden West Service color schemes. I hope that this website will grow with the help of other railfans who have also photographed these rail cars. It will take a few more months before I will be able to build the upload function so in the mean time, enjoy the photos.

History

During the early 1990s, the Southern Pacific Railroad's railcars were in need of repair and the railroad had little cash to revitalize the fleet. A deal was struck that entailed selling the cars to Greenbrier and then having Gunderson rebuild the cars to later be leased back to the SP. Due to a legal reasons, Greenbrier needed to use an actual railroad reporting marks so they worked out deals with Galveston Railroad (GVSR), Coe Rail(CRLE), Ventury County Railway (VCY) and even Kansas City Southern (KCS). The cars lost their original SP, SSW and DRGW reporting marks in the process of receiving a bright blue2 coat of paint along with the yellow and red Golden West Service logo.

I've organized this website so you can find photos by reporting mark, railcar type and class. Each photo you view will provide you with a link to other related photos if they exist.

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Recently, Eric Neubauer released a great book that really could be called the definitive Golden West Service resource. It contains over 300+ color photos in the 500+ pages. A sample of the book is available on his website along with any easy checkout process at www.EricsRailroadCarHistory.com



1 Source: Golden West Service by Eric Neubauer
2 Some cars wore a white base coat.