|photos contributed by: Evan Werkema, Gregg Fuhriman, Tom C. Jones, Chris Kinoshita, Lowell Amrine|
Only a few of the 158 or so surviving Santa Fe GP35's received SPSF paint. Among them was the 2867, shown here with a blue and yellow sister powering the Santa Fe Turn at Bernalillo, NM on June 7, 1989.
So certain was Santa Fe that the ICC would approve the SPSF merger that in late June, 1986, a few weeks before the decision was rendered, the railroad began renumbering GP35's and GP39-2's into their respective SPSF number series. About thirty GP35's in the 2801-2842 group were renumbered into the SPSF 3561-series before the Commission struck down the merger on July 24, 1986. Nearly a month later, GP35 3593, ex-2836, was found switching at Albuquerque, NM still wearing its obsolete number. Note the SPSF-style red number boards, common to most of the renumbered units. The GP35's were soon returned to their old Santa Fe numbers.