Thursday, December 19, 2013

A 1950's and 60's era Santa Fe local freight train crossing theMissisippi River lift bridge.

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

With my Bachman H.O Scale model of an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Alco (American Locomotive Company) model S 4 yard switcher locomotive wearing the 1950's era Santa Fe "Zebra Stripe" color scheme pulling some 1960's freight cars in tow, I have recreated in miniature a scene of 1950's and 60's era local freight train railroading, as it may have looked like on the Santa Fe circa 1965 or so.

Although the prototype Santa Fe began painting these engines in a dark blue with yellow ends and frame color scheme beginning in 1960, locomotives in both color schemes could be found operating out of various A,T & S,F terminals system wide until the late 1960's in some places.

It took a while to finally phase the 1950's era color scheme out .

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