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Santa Fe Kodachrome Escapees


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Additional information on those units that may have escaped the Santa Fe roster still in Kodachrome paint

Last modified: August 27, 1999

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In 1990, Santa Fe set out to purge the SPSF image from its rails. All SPSF-painted locomotives the railroad owned were to be repainted blue and yellow by the end of the year. The goal was almost certainly met, but the story of Santa Fe's Kodachromes doesn't end there. A number of SPSF-painted units managed to escape the great purge by leaving the roster before they could be repainted. These units continue to roam the rails in tattered SPSF paint, their numbers dwindling as they are repainted or retired by their new owners. The "SPSF escapees" fall into the following categories:

GP7's

retired before the end of 1990

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GP20's

sold to TP&W in 1989

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B36-7's

turned back to GE in 1989

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C30-7's

turned back to GE in 1989


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