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Butte Anaconda & Pacific Ry

Rarus Railway

The BA&P was built in 1893 between the smelters of the Anaconda Copper Mining Co. at Anaconda, MT, and Butte. This was to fight back the rate wars with the Montana Union Ry. After some years as a steam road, the BA&P decided to electrify. This was done in 1912 and 1913. The road used the highest voltage then known, 2400V DC. 75 of the 114 miles of road were electrified. General Electric supplied seventeen locomotives, including two for passenger service. Four more freight units were added in 1914. Three "tractor trucks" or slugs were added at this time. In 1916, another locomotive was added. Later in 1916, three more were built, and three final units in 1917. Steam continued to operate on the non-electrified trackage until 1952, when two diesels replaced most of them. More diesels came and gradually replaced the electrics. Two more electrics came in 1957, but the last electric ran in 1967. The wire came down in 1969. In recent years, the remaining parts of the road became the Rarus Ry in 1985.  It was purchased from Patriot Rail in 2007 and renamed as Butte Anaconda & Pacific Ry.

1st 10 was built by Brooks in November 1893, #2409, as Great Northern 364, Class 37.  It was sold as BA&P  31 on November 30, 1893, and renumbered 10 in 1898,  It was sold as Columbia Southern Ry 10 in 1900s and sold as Oregon Railway & Navigation 10 on July 1, 1906.  It became Union Pacific 4209 and sold as Montana Western RR 10 before August 1929.  It was retired in 1947.

2nd 10 was built by Alco-Brooks in 1906, #41222. It was scrapped in October 1953.

24 was built by Alco-Schenectady in 1906, #41224. It was sold to General Equipment Co on July 24, 1917.

39 was built by General Electric on March 12, 1917, #5763.

40 was built by General Electric on March 16, 1917, #5764.

41 was built by General Electric on May 15, 1917, #5765.

43 was built by General Electric on December 4, 1916, #5541.

44 was built by General Electric on December 19, 1916, #5542.

45 was built by General Electric on January 11, 1916, #5159.

47 was built by Alco-General Electric on December 14, 1914, #54790, 4880.

48 was built by Alco-General Electric January 4, 1915, #54791, 4881.

50 was built by Alco in October 1912, #51924, and finished by General Electric in April, 1913, #3817.

51 was built by Alco in November 1912, #51925, and finished by General Electric May 20, 1913, #3818.

52 was built by Alco in November 1912, #51926, and finished by General Electric on April 21, 1913, #3819.

53 was built by Alco in November 1912, #51927, and finished by General Electric on April 21, 1913, #3820.

56 was built by Alco in March 1913, #51930, and finished by General Electric on July 5, 1913, #3823.

59 was built by Alco in March 1913, #51933, and finished by General Electric September 12, 1913, #3826.

61 was built by Alco in March 1913, #51935, and finished by General Electric October 31, 1913, #3828.

64 was built by Alco in April 1913, #51938, and finished by General Electric November 12, 1913, #3831.

65 was built by Alco in May 1913, #51939, and finished by General Electric May 29, 1913, #3832.

66 was built by Alco in May 1913, #51940, and finished by General Electric May 15, 1913, #3833.

201 was built by General Electric in July 1957, #32882.

202 was built by General Electric in July 1957, #32883.

103, GP7, was built by Electro-Motive in June 1953, #18408. It later became Rarus Ry. 103 in 1985 and BA&P 103 in 2007 .

105, GP9, was built by Electro-Motive in March 1957, #22824. It later became Rarus Ry 105 in 1985 and sold as Larry's Truck Equipment Co 105 in 2011.

107, GP9, was built by Electro-Motive in March 1957, #23356.  It later became Rarus Ry 107 in 1985 and sold as Larry's Truck Equipment Co 107 in 2011.

108, GP38-2, was built by Electro-Motive in February 1977, #766008-1. It later became Rarus Ry 108 in 1985 and was sold to Alaska RR as 2001 in April 1986.

109, GP38-2, was built by Electro-Motive in December 1978, #786138-1. It later became Rarus Ry 109 in 1985 and was sold to Alaska RR as 2002 in April 1986.

1011, GP38-2, was built by Electro-Motive in December 1973, #71702-22, as Missouri Pacific 944.  It was renumbered 2095 in September 1974.  It became Union Pacific 2095 on May 18, 1989, and retired on December 31, 1993.  It was returned to Helm Leasing and sold as Montana Western Ry 2011 in January 1994.  It was sold as Rarus 1011 in 2005 and became Butte Anaconda & Pacific 1011 in 2007.

11 was one of the last passenger cars on the road. It did double duty as a caboose.

4 is preserved.

4187 was an interchange gon.

Thanks to Gene Connelly and Stan Lytle for roster clarification.

 

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