KCS Repainting F Units

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    CHARGER TrainBoard Member

    KCS repainting executive F-units in original passenger train scheme

    October 23, 2007

    SHREVEPORT, La. - Kansas City Southern has begun repainting its executive F-units in an exact recreation of the classic Kansas City Southern passenger diesel scheme of red, yellow, and Brunswick green. KCS passenger diesels wore the colors from the 1940s into the late 1960s, when an all-white scheme was adopted for both passenger and freight locomotives, although only a few passenger units received the white scheme prior to the end of passenger service in 1969. KCS painted the F40s used on its Panama Canal Railway in the historic colors, and last year painted an F unit it donated to Union Station in Kansas City in the scheme.

    The first unit repainted was FP9 KCS-1, ex-VIA/CN No. 6504, built in London, Ont., at GMD in 1954. The black scheme formerly worn by the KCS F units was a new creation and not the original diesel scheme.

    Pictures here,

    Article taken from Trains.com news release...
  2. Matthew Roberts

    Matthew Roberts TrainBoard Member

    That new scheme looks way better than the previous one, and the previous wasn't half bad! Has to be one of the best heritage schemes ever!
  3. friscobob

    friscobob Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    As an old buddy of mine back in Arkansas would have said,

    "Eeeeww- lookit them Fs!!" :D :D (FTR, he was an F-unit fan)

    It's great to see this scheme come back :thumbs_up::thumbs_up:

    BNSF FAN TrainBoard Supporter

    Those units look fantastic!!!!!! :) :) :)
  5. MP333

    MP333 TrainBoard Supporter

    Almost as cool as a Warbonnet! That scheme is a really sharp one.

  6. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Wow! Nice. Looks really sharp!

    Boxcab E50

    CHARGER TrainBoard Member

    Just noticed those baby's have SIX headlights!
  8. EricB

    EricB TrainBoard Member

    Even from the distance in the first photo you can see the huge smile on the engineer's face. Those are some really good looking locos.

  9. AtlanticFlier

    AtlanticFlier TrainBoard Supporter

    F units in a stack train !

    Great photo o fthe Funits leading a Stack train.

    So - will decals for the original scheme, work on these ?
  10. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    That would probably be the conductor these days. In days of old the fireman sat there.
  11. jeffrey-wimberly

    jeffrey-wimberly TrainBoard Member

    A little side note. The Southern Belle was actually owned and operated by the L&A (Louisiana and Arkansas) Railway, a subsidiary of the KCS.
  12. stefano

    stefano TrainBoard Member

    The red overall paint schemes like the one given to switchers like RS-1 in which year was it introduced?

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