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Tuesday Ten Wheelers SCOP 4-6-0 Mystery

January 12, 2011

SCOP 4-6-0 locomotive

Another mystery shot. The locomotive is obviously an ALCo design. The oddball “SCOP” reporting marks and ridiculously high number lead me to believe this is an export locomotive, but to where? Or perhaps it’s an industrial locomotive, but who would buy a 4-6-0 to use as an industrial locomotive? My only hypothesis might be post-war export via the Marshall plan somewhere? Ideas?

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  1. Dana permalink
    January 12, 2011 3:51 am

    Searched google for “scop” and railroad, which lead to this page:

    SCOP is “Secretaria de Comunicicaciones de Obras Publicas” and is a Mexican rail service of some sorts.

  2. January 12, 2011 4:44 am

    Seems to be SCOP was one of the Mexican Nationalized Railways

    “Secretaria de Comunicaciones de Obras Publicas” SCOP translates to: Ministry of Communications and Transportation (Mexico)

  3. November 7, 2011 8:01 pm

    end in the construction of the unidos del sureste railroad in yucatan mexico in my page have some photos also have 8mm video and later lettered udey unidos de yucatan

  4. Rich Frey permalink
    January 2, 2012 8:48 pm

    SCOP was the construction arm of the Mexican Government. Rail lines were constructed by SCOP and then turned over to the respective operating companies for traffic. It is very possible this wound up as an NdeM loco.

  5. Craig Garver permalink
    November 5, 2012 7:02 pm

    This is an export locomotive to Mexico, Secretary of Communications and Public Works (Secretaria de Comunicaciones de Obras Publicas). This agency was in charge of building the Sonora-Baja California Railroad from Benjamin Hill, Son., to Mexicali, BC, and the lines in the Yucatan. SCOP had a 5-digit numbering scheme, even though it had few locomotives. As Rich Frey reports, it may have ended up as an NdeM engine, or something on the Sureste in Yucatan.

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