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Date: 01/06/21 08:48
BB73: Rock Island blues ....
Author: valmont

BB got this shot @ 'Sable' (Denver) on 12/11/76. Units were #4314,4301,4332. Have read mixed 'reviews' of this scheme ... what's your opinion?




Date: 01/06/21 08:53
Re: BB73: Rock Island blues ....
Author: dan

I liked it , helped when it was clean and not faded.



Date: 01/06/21 08:57
Re: BB73: Rock Island blues ....
Author: rbx551985

I like it.  Like the locomotives pulling that train, the image is ROCK solild.  And I don't mean that as a joke in any way.  Nice photo!  The owners of the "new" ROCK in Mississippi would be proud!



Date: 01/06/21 08:59
Re: BB73: Rock Island blues ....
Author: perklocal

Any time you got 3 Rock units in the same scheme and clean you scored big !



Date: 01/06/21 09:08
Re: BB73: Rock Island blues ....
Author: Conch

Let`s see. Lettering intact. Doors closed. No flood of oil pouring down the frame. What`s not to like?

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Date: 01/06/21 09:21
Re: BB73: Rock Island blues ....
Author: santafe199

The visual image of a brave but doomed railroad trying to survive???? I'll take this paint scheme and the corporate emotions behind it anytime over constant, in your face, worn-out patriotism STILL out there, getting more & more raggedy looking all the time...

Lance



Date: 01/06/21 09:36
Re: BB73: Rock Island blues ....
Author: tomstp

Never cared for light blue on locomotives.



Date: 01/06/21 12:21
Re: BB73: Rock Island blues ....
Author: briancdn

Looks nice in a matched consist like this one, but didn't go with the various shades of red and tuscan of other Rock units. 
Brian N.



Date: 01/06/21 12:45
Re: BB73: Rock Island blues ....
Author: TTownTrains

As previously mentioned, when it was new and/or clean, it looked good, and matched sets are hard to beat.  But I think that painting any part of a locomotive white (*cough* KCS) is questionable. My opinion is worth just what you paid for it...nothing. :-)

Bill G.
cantankerous in Tulsa, OK



Date: 01/06/21 17:44
Re: BB73: Rock Island blues ....
Author: ctillnc

Split decision. I like the colors, but I never cared for the stylized R logo or THE ROCK tagline. 



Date: 01/06/21 17:51
Re: BB73: Rock Island blues ....
Author: goneon66

i thought they looked great..........

66



Date: 01/06/21 18:23
Re: BB73: Rock Island blues ....
Author: CNW8531

It's a great scheme.  Make no mistake about it!



Date: 01/06/21 18:23
Re: BB73: Rock Island blues ....
Author: Rathole

At the time I wasn't a big fan.  But coming up on 41 years later, I think it's pretty nice.  My favorite though was the big speed lettering, whether on maroon or red.    



Date: 01/06/21 23:27
Re: BB73: Rock Island blues ....
Author: pbouzide

tomstp Wrote:
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> Never cared for light blue on locomotives.

+1

Although I concede the points made that this matched set with doors closed and clean and lettering intact looks "mighty fine".

I'll respecfully disagree on the bravery, that money could have been better spent in almost any other way than new paint and signage and stationary and so on.



Date: 01/07/21 07:21
Re: BB73: Rock Island blues ....
Author: ntharalson

pbouzide Wrote:
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> tomstp Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Never cared for light blue on locomotives.
>
> +1
>
> Although I concede the points made that this
> matched set with doors closed and clean and
> lettering intact looks "mighty fine".
>
> I'll respecfully disagree on the bravery, that
> money could have been better spent in almost any
> other way than new paint and signage and
> stationary and so on. 

I'll agree with this, and I never cared for "bankruptcy blue" either.  The money the Rock spent on paint would have been far better served fixing their track.  

Nick Tahralson,
Marion, IA



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/07/21 19:14 by ntharalson.



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