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  by MACTRAXX
 
doepack wrote:METX 425 gets a makeover into Rock colors, a parting gift to outgoing CEO Don Orseno. Lookin' sharp and spiffy indeed...
MTUA: Doepack posted this Metra news about #425 back on December 15, 2017 on page 84.
The colors are Rock Island's 1970s vintage red and yellow scheme...

With the recent news about the Milwaukee Road scheme on MP36 #405 this could be the start of a
Metra locomotive series in predecessor railroad color schemes...Good to see :-) MACTRAXX
  by mtuandrew
 
MACTRAXX wrote:
doepack wrote:METX 425 gets a makeover into Rock colors, a parting gift to outgoing CEO Don Orseno. Lookin' sharp and spiffy indeed...
MTUA: Doepack posted this Metra news about #425 back on December 15, 2017 on page 84.
The colors are Rock Island's 1970s vintage red and yellow scheme...

With the recent news about the Milwaukee Road scheme on MP36 #405 this could be the start of a
Metra locomotive series in predecessor railroad color schemes...Good to see :-) MACTRAXX
Thanks, I had looked back into summer 2018 but didn’t think #425 came out so long ago. At this rate we might have to wait for Christmas 2019 for another present - yellow and green? Maybe platinum mist (faux stainless) & Chinese red?
  by F40CFan
 
mtuandrew wrote:
MACTRAXX wrote:
doepack wrote:METX 425 gets a makeover into Rock colors, a parting gift to outgoing CEO Don Orseno. Lookin' sharp and spiffy indeed...
MTUA: Doepack posted this Metra news about #425 back on December 15, 2017 on page 84.
The colors are Rock Island's 1970s vintage red and yellow scheme...

With the recent news about the Milwaukee Road scheme on MP36 #405 this could be the start of a
Metra locomotive series in predecessor railroad color schemes...Good to see :-) MACTRAXX
Thanks, I had looked back into summer 2018 but didn’t think #425 came out so long ago. At this rate we might have to wait for Christmas 2019 for another present - yellow and green? Maybe platinum mist (faux stainless) & Chinese red?
Here's one with the Rock Logo on the nose.

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  by CNJGeep
 
405 made a debut on 2119 today
  by MetraBNSF
 
ChicagoRailfanner1989 wrote:I don't know if you've heard, but this past Thursday evening, 204 and 205 while on their way to Progress Rail for rehab by a CSX train derailed near Sherwood, Tennessee. The flat cars fell on 205 while 204 stayed on the rails.
204 recently returned to Metra service on RI, rebuilt as an F40PHM-3.
  by busfan2847
 
As a commuter from January 1998 through end of last year I kept a record of the locomotives which hauled my trains on UP-NW.

100 - 2018 (RTA scheme)
119 - 2010-2012
120 - 2011-2012
121 - 2010-date
124 - 2004-2005, 2011-2012
125 - 2004-2005, 2007-2008, 2011-2016
126 - 2004-date
127-136 - whole period
137 - 1998-2017 > Milwaukee District
138-178 - whole period
179 - 1998-2007
  by Milwaukee_F40C
 
I think at least one person on the Metra board will push for as many commemorative paint jobs as they can get away with.

Would have been nice if 100 had an actual RTA paint job and not just a wrap. I like that scheme.
  by MACTRAXX
 
F40 and Everyone: I agree with your thoughts - restoring #100 to its original as-delivered RTA color scheme would have been a good move by Metra.
The trouble with the wrap commemorative used is that it read Metra instead of RTA and the blue base color appeared faded.
I always liked the RTA color scheme on the F40s myself...
MACTRAXX
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  by F40CFan
 
I liked the NWSMTD livery. But I don't think it would look right on anything but an F40C due to the stainless side panels.
  by MACTRAXX
 
F40CFan wrote:I liked the NWSMTD livery. But I don't think it would look right on anything but an F40C due to the stainless side panels.
F40C: I agree...
The F40C as we both know was a unique middle 70s era passenger locomotive that only the North West Suburban Mass Transit District would order
for the two Milwaukee Road commuter routes. A thought would be to apply a variation to an F40 using gray or platinum mist where the side panels
would be - perhaps on a HO scale model initially to see what the NWSMTD scheme would have looked like...
MACTRAXX
  by F40CFan
 
I saw an F40PH model painted that way once on the web mislabeled as an F40C. Wasn't workin', in my opinion.
  by Milwaukee_F40C
 
The F40PH model was factory painted that way by Life-Like, along with the BN E9 scheme. Looks like they were trying to cover all the Chicago commuter lines with the closest model they had. I imagine not many Nortran models were sold outside their territory.
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Also two semi-separate agencies split the F40C order. The North and Northwest Suburban Mass Transit Districts.
  by F40CFan
 
Ah, there it is. Thank you. I find it extremely amusing that they were produced by "Life-Like".
  by Backshophoss
 
That was made as a "train set" model,fair detail on the body shell,1 powered truck,pancake motor......
Good base to build a NPCU in HO :-) :-)
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