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    I have a Proto 2000 GP-7, Santa Fe, road number 2678. This unit is black with the "zebra stripe" paint job. Not being versed in Santa Fes' paint scheme/timeline info, I am wondering if this paint job fits my 1950 thru 1953 time era. I have done some internet searches but cannot find a definitive answer. Is there a "Santa Fe expert on this forum? Any help would be greatly appreciated.



  • #2
    You're fine. Santa Fe used a "zebra stripe" paint scheme featuring diagonal white stripes on a black background on the front of their doodlebugs from 1931 until 1944. Santa Fe's switcher scheme in 1944 was a very simple all-black scheme with a square emblem centered on the hood, an aluminum pinstripe on the hood, and an aluminum frame stripe: Santa Fe zebra stripe oddities (

    Hope this helps brother. Thanx Thom...


    • #3
      Click and see here; Railfans Raising Funds to Save Santa Fe GP7 - Railfan & Railroad Magazine
      This site states that this Locomotive was built in October 1950. So that's your era.

      Some more added information:

      The EMD GP7 is a four-axle (B-B) diesel-electric locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division and General Motors Diesel between October 1949 and May 1954.

      Power was provided by an EMD 567B 16-cylinder engine which generated 1,500 horsepower (1,119 kW). The GP7 was offered both with and without control cabs, and those built without control cabs were called a GP7B. Five GP7B's were built between March and April 1953. The GP7 was the first EMD road locomotive to use a hood unit design instead of a car-body design. This proved to be more efficient than the car body design as the hood unit cost less to build, was cheaper and easier to maintain, and had much better front and rear visibility for switching.

      Of the 2,734 GP7's built, 2,620 were for American railroads (including 5 GP7B units built for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway), 112 were built for Canadian railroads, and 2 were built for Mexican railroads.

      This was the first model in EMD's GP (General Purpose) series of locomotives. Concurrently, EMD offered a six-axle (
      C-C) SD (Special Duty) locomotive, the SD7. The GP7 was replaced by the GP9 model in GM-EMD's GP sequence.

      The Santa Fe had 250 GP7s, built between 1950 and 1953, including all five of the GP7Bs ever produced by EMD. The class was delivered in the 2650-2893 number series wearing the black/silver zebra strip scheme and wore that paint scheme until rebuilt in the mid-1970s, when they were repainted with the blue and yellow warbonnet scheme and renumbered into three separate series.

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      Louis L&R Western Railroad
      Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast


      • jbvb
        jbvb commented
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        Excellent searching, Louis. I'd tried a couple but my best result was "Santa Fe Diesel Locomotive Painting & Lettering Guide for Model Railroaders" by Stephen Priest, 240 pages, 274 color & 80 B&W photos, $72 from

    • #4
      Thank you very much, Thom and Louis. This forum never ceases to amaze.

      Louis hit the nail on the head again with photos and all.

      I searched a good hour and found some paint schemes but no dates.

      I bought the P2K loco several years ago at a train show. I am not a big Santa Fe guy but the price was too good to pass up. I had to put new gears in and now it runs silky smooth, for some reason better than a few others I have. I believe I'll add a decoder and sound and just keep this one.

      Thanks again for the replies........John



      • #5
        Very glad to have helped out here John. I enjoyed the challenge of researching this information. There never is a question brought up, that I don't enjoy checking out.

        Louis L&R Western Railroad
        Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast