Monday, April 01, 2013

A Bachman Santa Fe Alco S 4 yard switcher pulling a local freight train across the Missisippi River lift bridge model.

I took this photograph last Wednsday night, at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club.

Crossing a large model of a railroad lift bridge over a section of club layout representing the Missisippi River, is my Bachman model of an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Alco model S 4 yard switcher diesel electric locomotive, pulling a short freight train.

My Bachman model is painted in the 1950's era Santa Fe "Zebra Stripe" color scheme, wich was utilized by the Santa Fe from 1950 to 1960, when a blue color sceme with yellow ends and frame replaced it. However...sometimes changes like color schemes being applied to several thousand lcomotives, doesn't always happen overnight.

Although most of the Santa Fe's freight diesel locomotives began wearing the blue and yellow color scheme during the 1960's, there were still a good number scattered through out the system, that would not get repainted or retired until the mid to late 1960's. My train represents a mid 1960's era Santa Fe switching local, being led by a yet to be repainted 1950's era "Zebra Stripe" A,T & S, F locomotive.

Eddie K.

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