Monday, July 30, 2007

Former Milwaukee Road unit on Canadian Pacific transfer train. Hayford Junction. Chicago Illinois USA. July 2007.

Old color schemes die hard. I had spotted this ex Milwaukee Road EMD diesel switcher on a westbound CP Rail transfer train in June of 2007. The Milwaukee Road was a very bankrupt railroad when the Soo Line bought them out through a merger in 1985. The Soo Line promptly painted over the Milwaukee Road markings with black paint and painted "Soo" markings as seen on the cab. This color scheme, ugly as it is, was refered to as the "blackbeard" color scheme. Many of the former Milwaukee Road units did not recieve the white and red Soo Line color scheme. The Canadian Pacific bought out the Soo Line in a 1990 merger. This old blackbeard unit, is still rolling around in it's original owners colors 22 years after the fact.

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