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Fallen Flag Friday

Postby BurlingtonJohn » Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:20 pm

Milwaukee Road 37C, Chicago, December 1985.

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Re: Fallen Flag Friday

Postby BurlingtonJohn » Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:24 pm

MKT 24, Dallas, March 1984

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Re: Fallen Flag Friday

Postby Mark D » Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:45 pm

Sad
I do believe neither of those were spared from the scrappers torch.
What's with the color of the Milwaukee Road unit? It looks like painted all cream colored. Never knew the Milwaukee to paint their engines that color. 1985 isn't really all that long ago. I had yet to discover operating steam, still racing stock cars instead, but it seems like yesterday.
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Re: Fallen Flag Friday

Postby tom c » Sat Apr 08, 2017 8:09 am

Mark, when the Milw took over the UP passenger trains to Chicago they painted many of the engines used to a UP similar color so the streamliner would keep the same look.

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Re: Fallen Flag Friday

Postby Mark D » Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:29 am

And the U.P. used that awful color? Yetch!
I had always thought that the U.P. and Milw. had just made a mutual decision to share the passenger trains together to minimize financial losses from the passenger industry. But I don't recall photos of passenger cars of that so-called color.
Hmmm. Silly me.
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Re: Fallen Flag Friday

Postby John Bohon » Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:03 am

Given the general condition of the locomotive I think it is pretty obvious the paint is badly faded. Somewhere in the past I seem to remember seeing a similar MILW unit with the letter still in the number and it looked very similar to this one. Many roads included letters in the numbers of their early diesel units but most dropped the letters when they started mixing units instead of using them as solid consists. Was MILW the last to continue using the old numbering system?

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Re: Fallen Flag Friday

Postby Mark D » Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:29 am

I don't know if the Milwaukee Road was the last - or for that matter the first, or not, to stop using letters. But you might have even seen the same engine when it still had somewhat more of it's paint?
I wouldn't know, but all I can say is that buff color was never Milwaukee Road orange and maroon. (I think they called it something like Tuscan Red, but not sure. To me it's maroon. Looks good as long as it's not on a stainless steel car with that ribbed siding.
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Re: Fallen Flag Friday

Postby BurlingtonJohn » Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:54 am

I'm not an expert, but the Santa Fe used letters on their F units in the seventies ...

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