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Date: 02/03/05 16:43
The diesel colors I wished SP would have kept.
Author: TonyJ

When we Espee lost the "black widow" paint to scralet & grey, we lost a great paint scheme. However, in 1981 SP painted their one and only SD44R SP7399 in a colorful orange/red/black paint scheme. In my opinion they should have kept it.

First are few shots of mine of SP7399 at Davis, CA. on November 10, 1981, shortly after being released from the Sacramento Locomotive Works. - Tony J.




Date: 02/03/05 16:45
Re: The diesel colors I wished SP would have kept.
Author: TonyJ

Photo #2 at Davis, CA. - Tony J.




Date: 02/03/05 16:46
Re: The diesel colors I wished SP would have kept.
Author: TonyJ

Photo #3 at Davis, CA. - Tony J.




Date: 02/03/05 16:47
Re: The diesel colors I wished SP would have kept.
Author: TonyJ

Photo #4 at Davis, CA. - Tony J.




Date: 02/03/05 16:49
Re: The diesel colors I wished SP would have kept.
Author: TonyJ

Photo #5 at Davis, CA. - Tony J.




Date: 02/03/05 16:51
Re: The diesel colors I wished SP would have kept.
Author: TonyJ

SP7399 getting the red, orange and grey paint at Sacramento on October 30, 1981. - Tony J.




Date: 02/03/05 16:53
Re: The diesel colors I wished SP would have kept.
Author: Q-GP30

It was a nice color scheme. I have pictures of the 7399 in the early/mid '80s on the BN LAC/CLA trains(SP runthroughs from KC to Chicago).

Didn't SP have a SD40R also painted in these colors? SP 7342 comes to mind IIRC.

Regards
Q-GP30



Date: 02/03/05 16:53
Re: The diesel colors I wished SP would have kept.
Author: TonyJ

Photo #2 at Sacramento on October 30, 1981. - Tony J.




Date: 02/03/05 16:55
Re: The diesel colors I wished SP would have kept.
Author: TonyJ

Q-GP30 Wrote:
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> It was a nice color scheme. I have pictures of the
> 7399 in the early/mid '80s on the BN LAC/CLA
> trains(SP runthroughs from KC to Chicago).
>
> Didn't SP have a SD40R also painted in these
> colors? SP 7342 comes to mind IIRC.
>
> Regards
> Q-GP30


Yes, SD40R SP7342 had a different, but also colorful paint scheme and was nicknamed "Orange Bird". I've got some shot somewhere of that as well. - Tony J.



Date: 02/03/05 16:58
SP7399 all along on the Cascade Line
Author: TonyJ

How about SP7399 running light between Grass Lake and Weed! - Tony J.




Date: 02/03/05 17:00
Don't forget the red, white & blue
Author: TonyJ

SP7347 at Sacramento Shops in July 1985 - Rick Dunsmuir photo - Tony J.




Date: 02/03/05 17:09
Re: 7342
Author: danf

I think this is the only picture I ever took of the 7342...




Date: 02/03/05 17:54
Re: 7342
Author: SantaFeCF7

Tonyj,
Is the upper color black or gray? I've seen some pics that don't seem faded that it appears gray, in others black. Were these two separate units?



Date: 02/03/05 18:38
Re: 7342
Author: TonyJ

SantaFeCF7 Wrote:
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> Tonyj,
> Is the upper color black or gray? I've seen some
> pics that don't seem faded that it appears gray,
> in others black. Were these two separate units?


I think the color was dark grey on both the 7399 and 7342. In my first post I said black, but that is incorrect. - Tony J.



Date: 02/03/05 19:05
Re: 7342
Author: Geep

WOW It Rocks!

Thanks 4 great pictures. SP did super enhanced locomotives. An SD45T-2 with a P3 horn, Icicle breakers, Popscicle paintscheme and paint scheme.

I wish these monsters were normal today, true classics.

-Hector



Date: 02/04/05 20:51
Re: 7342
Author: sploopconductor

I loved the 'new' colors... but now, I'd take anything Southern Pacific!

Take Care, Stay Safe, Have Fun!

Larry (Excellent set of pic.'s, BTW)



Date: 02/05/05 20:18
Re: 7342
Author: SantaFeCF7

TonyJ Wrote:
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> SantaFeCF7 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Tonyj,
> > Is the upper color black or gray? I've seen
> some
> > pics that don't seem faded that it appears
> gray,
> > in others black. Were these two separate
> units?
>
>
> I think the color was dark grey on both the 7399
> and 7342. In my first post I said black, but that
> is incorrect. - Tony J.

The reason I'd asked, I've seen a custom-painted model at a train show, and the upper portion was black. But the last picture I'd seen was SP Lark Dark Gray. thanks for clarifying it for me!





Date: 07/07/14 15:23
Re: 7342
Author: Chooch

Really neat color scheme.

I use a picture of the SP/SSW GP30 as my backdrop on my PC homepage. This is the picture of #5002 with Cotton Belt on the loco side and SP on the nose. It's my favorite.

Jim



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