Emd Sd9

The debut of the SD9 in 1954 marked the next step forward for EMD's Special Duty line of six-axle diesels, and introduced the new 567C prime mover delivering 1,750 horsepower. An SD9 is a 6-axle road switcher diesel locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division between January 1954 and June 1959. An EMD 567C 16-cylinder engine generated 1,750 horsepower (1.30 MW). Click on EMD to return to homepage. SD9 Order Numbers. Order # Date Serial Numbers Model Road. SD9: SP: 5464-5493: 30. Updated Export SD9. General Motors’ Electro-Motive Division (EMD) produced 471 SD9 locomotives for North American railroads. The SD9 featured a 16-cylinder 567C diesel engine and six-axle Flexicoil trucks. Rated at 1,750 hp, the SD9 was a more powerful version of its 1,500 hp predecessor, the SD7. With the advent of 1954, EMD made a conservative marketing push against the competition with the announcement of their Nine Line series. This consisted of the introduction of new locomotive model numbers, the SW9/1200, the F9A/B, the GP9, and the SD9.

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Chicago and Illinois Midland Raiway 60 couple to two SD9 locomotives at Springfield, Illinois, 7 May 1966
Type and origin
Power typeDiesel-electric
BuilderGeneral Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD)
Build dateApril 1960 – March 1963
Total produced114
Gauge4 ft 812 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
5 ft 3 in (1,600 mm), Brazil
Prime moverEMD 567D1
Engine type
Performance figures
Power output1,800 hp (1.3 MW)

The EMD SD18 is a 6-axle road switcher diesel locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division between April 1960 and March 1963. Power was provided by an EMD 567D1 16-cylinder engine which generated 1,800 hp (1.3 MW).

54 examples of this locomotive model were built for American railroads, and 60 for export, including fifteen for Korail (order numbers 700735–700749, serial numbers 28373–28387).

Original Owners[edit]

Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad7851–857
Chesapeake and Ohio Railway191800–1818
Chicago and Illinois Midland Railway260–61
Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway19175–193
Reserve Mining Co.71226–1232
RFFSA (export to Brazil)453401–3445
Korea National Railroad156001–6015


At least four SD18s have been preserved. Chop-nosed Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range 193 is now an operating member of the Lake Superior Railroad Museum collection. They also previously had DM&IR 316 in their collection, which is an 'SDM'; an EMD SD18 given EMD 645 power assemblies by the Missabe, though still labeled as an SD18. In 2019 #316 was traded for Northern Pacific #245 and left the museum for the Dakota Quality Grain Corporation in Parshall, N.D.

The South Branch Valley Railroad also regularly operates former Bessemer & Lake Erie SD18 853 as their 182.

A fourth unit is Chesapeake and Ohio 7311, in Chessie System colors and with VLIX reporting marks. It was sold to a company in the State of Washington and is slated for a complete rebuild. As of now the unit has been running freights but should be rebuilt soon. This SD18 rides on Alco trucks. During its brief work on the EWGRR (and owned by NIWX corp during this time), it was discovered the locomotive had some serious electrical wiring issues. As a result, 7311 was traded in for a C40-8, which had just arrived with a fresh inspection. Shortly afterward, the SD-18 was purchased by Everywhere West Locomotive Leasing and moved to Kansas, where it received a complete low voltage rewire. The unit still sports her Chessie System paint scheme, but now bears the reporting mark EWLX. Its owners plan for further maintenance and repairs to the unit and are pleased with its performance. Current Details on 7311 are available on the Everywhere West Locomotive Website: https://www.ewlocomotives.com/7311

In addition, Gavilon Grain, at their Wichita, Ks location, recently purchased former C&O 7314 another SD-18 riding on Alco trucks. This unit wears the gray Indiana Railroad paint. One of the owners of EWLX, while working for BNGRR, has been assisting Gavilon with maintenance of the locomotive, including wiring repairs, brake valves, and engine power assemblies. The nearby K&O RR shop has been gracious in offering additional help when needed with this vintage locomotive.

Additionally, both SD18s owned by the Chicago & Illinois Midland are still in operation, and are used by the Illinois Midland Railroad, the successor to the CIM.

DMIR no. 310 (former 183) is still in operation in Pierre, SD loading cars for the local cooperative.

Emd Sd9 Being Scrapped

In finction[edit]

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  • Pinkepank, Jerry A. (1973). The Second Diesel Spotter's Guide. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Kalmbach Publishing. ISBN978-0-89024-026-7.

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External links[edit]

  • Media related to EMD SD18 locomotives at Wikimedia Commons
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