Ex-Milwaukee Road "Bandits"?

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Ex-Milwaukee Road "Bandits"?

Postby DT662000 » Wed Aug 22, 2012 1:12 am

Are there any Soo/CP locomotives in the patched Milwaukee Road scheme anymore?
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Re: Ex-Milwaukee Road "Bandits"?

Postby mtuandrew » Wed Aug 22, 2012 10:14 pm

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Short version: as of a year or so ago, there were some running around the Twin Cities, and possibly Milwaukee and Chicago. I'd try Pig's Eye Yard in St. Paul.
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Re: Ex-Milwaukee Road "Bandits"?

Postby Tadman » Sun Aug 26, 2012 10:14 am

Drive out on Green Road in Bensenville, you'll probably see one.
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Re: Ex-Milwaukee Road "Bandits"?

Postby Komachi » Sat Nov 24, 2012 10:09 pm

There's a GP40 (I believe... don't quote me on that) still in "bandit" colors that's been known to prowl the rails of Winona, Minnesota from time-to-time...
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Re: Ex-Milwaukee Road "Bandits"?

Postby wjstix » Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:50 am

I've seen a "bandit" MP-15 within the last few weeks at Pig's Eye yard southeast of downtown St.Paul MN. There's also still at least one or two MP-15s in Soo Line paint.
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Re: Ex-Milwaukee Road "Bandits"?

Postby mtuandrew » Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:26 pm

Saw SOO 4512 (a GP38-2) today, entering Pig's Eye Yard as the second unit of two on a manifest train.

I'm amazed that after 28 years, there are still at least half a dozen patched bandits running around. Honestly, on what other Class 1 are there still a significant number of locomotives painted for a predecessor's predecessor? There aren't any C&O, Frisco, or T&P locomotives in use on a daily basis, only heritage Virginian, Reading, and MKT, and I was under the impression that there were no or next-to-no DRGW units still in their original paint. While as a railfan I think it's great, it makes me wonder just what kind of financial conditions cause the Canadian Pacific group to forego even a standardized public appearance.
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Re: Ex-Milwaukee Road "Bandits"?

Postby EricL » Wed Jul 31, 2013 5:39 pm

A "bandit" is currently regular power for G61, a "jack-of-all-trades" local which seems to be roughly a combination of the Sturtevant Patrol and the Watertown Patrol. Catch it while you can.
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Re: Ex-Milwaukee Road "Bandits"?

Postby theastralcity » Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:47 pm

Up until sometime last year I saw a bandit MP15AC around the Muskego Yard in Milwaukee, usually at the east end. According to my notes it was Soo 1553. I haven't seen it recently but rrpicturesarchive.net has a shot of it last summer in Minneapolis as well, still in bandit colors next to a shiny newly painted CP one.
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