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    Something I noticed on my trip north and back is how CLEAN all the BNSF locos were! Saw 3 different paint schemes and they were all gleaming like new pennies. Impressive!



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    I passed one of their yards in St. Louis yesterday, I noticed the same thing, but only on the road locos, the yard Geeps were filthy! One very impressive sight was a GP-40 or 50 hauling three shining SD-70s (I think that's what they were) through the yard, presumably that is quicker than starting the SDs and driving them.

    Also sitting in the yard was an EMD in blue and white with the EMD logo and Electro Motive painted on it.

    One day I am going to go to that yard to take photographs rather than just drive past it!








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    • #3
      Buck I notice the same thing you have. I think the H1 scheme is cleaner than most. We have a lot of that running around up here in Galesburg and between the two the H1 is the cleanest. All though I have seen a lot of H2 comethrough here lately gleaming like pennies. But Ill bet they just got on the property.



      Edited by - Jack Doran on 07/16/2002 22:14:48

      Edited by - Jack Doran on 07/16/2002 22:15:23

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      • #4
        They look good in Spokane too, at least most of the road engines. I do notice some of the early Pumkins have become severely faded but still clean.

        Can someone give us dummies a lesson on the different color/heritage #'s. I never did understand them. Are they the pumkins or the different "Fallen Flag" paint schemes?

        Dave Koch


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        • #5
          Dave,

          The scheme chosen by BNSF consists of: GN Empire Builder Orange, NP Dark Green (like that used on the NCL), Santa Fe silver (the trucks) and that bloomin' yellow ATSF style herald. At first I missed the GN colors, now it is BN green and black I find that I miss. RATS.



          Don in Orygun City

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          • #6
            Just in case for anyone who don't know about the heritage schemes.

            Thye heritage 1 scheme is orange and dark green with BNSF on the side of the loco being dark green.

            The heritage 2 scheme is the flashy orange and dark green with the sides of loco BNSF being done in reflective yellow letters. and they have the ATSF old style cigar band with BNSF on the front of it.


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            • #7
              There are actually two versions of the H1 schema, also.

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              Blue & Yellow make me Mellow, AT&SF!
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              Blue & Yellow make me Mellow, AT&SF!

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              • #8
                Ok, but it seems to me I have seen more than two versions of orange and green. What does BNSF call their SF and green/cream paint. They all seem heritage to me.

                Tanker, I never caught on to the BN green. I hope they don't bring back NP black and yellow but I wouldn't mind seeing a few SP&S g

                reen and yellows.

                Dave Koch


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                • #9
                  Wasn't the green/cream colors called the "executive" scheme?


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                  • #10
                    Bucks,

                    Yep, the Cream and Green is/was referred to as the excecutive scheme. It first showed up on the two F9s that were rebuilt for the exec train. Those two Fs were 'state of the art' and had GP38 innards. Unfortunately, the Santa Fe types got rid of them as soon as the merger went into effect.



                    Don in Orygun City

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                    • #11
                      I have also noticed how clean all the BNSF locos are. I drive along I-40 by the transcon all the time and they all look good. I never did like that heritage paint scheme tho. i would much rather see some BN green and black or some UP yellow and grey.

                      maybe the paint that BNSF uses hides the dirt and grime better. seems like all the UP units i see are very dirty, even the new SD70's

                      do railroads wash their locomotives? i guess they must wash them sometimes, but how often?

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                      • #12
                        I check out all the major yards in Los Angeles quite a lot and the BNSF does indeed do a better job of keeping their locos clean. Even the old modified GP7s and GP9s in Hobart yard look new (most still in ATSF paint)! Contrast this with the remaining SP or DRGW locos on the UP and there is no comparison. Many of the big yards have washing facilities but the BNSF seems to use them most (out west at least). Even the new SD70s on the UP get dirty fairly quick. The BNSF must run their stuff through the washer regularly. Even the older units I see running through Arizona (with faded and chipping paint) are cleaner than most other road's locos. Maybe it is still a matter of pride (something the SP lost when I was still a wee child)...

                        Tom

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                        • #13
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                          • #14
                            Yep - I just came off the road from California to Arizona VIA Barstow/Needles route. I took some pictures as we were literally 25 feet from three "Pumkin Heads" making the curve in Barstow as CA Route 58 merges into I-15. The track actually parallels the interstate at this point for a short distance. These loco's were spotless and gleamed in the sun light like they were brand new. They were all GE C44-9w's. I think BNSF slipped a digit on the order form when they placed the order for GE C44-9W's. They have a ton of these guys as that is the majority of the loco's that we see here in Arizona.

                            Bill

                            Arizona

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                            • #15
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                              Bucks,

                              Yep, the Cream and Green is/was referred to as the excecutive scheme. It first showed up on the two F9s that were rebuilt for the exec train. Those two Fs were 'state of the art' and had GP38 innards. Unfortunately, the Santa Fe types got rid of them as soon as the merger went into effect.




                              Don in Orygun City


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                              I just got in from Jonesboro, AR, I got caught at a crossing by a BNSF coal train while I was there (not that I was complaining ), two locos at the front, one of them was a fairly new one (I wish I knew enough to identify it) with immaculate green and cream paintwork - beautiful!








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