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Big Sky Blue by classictrains Big Sky Blue by classictrains
I believe this was one of the best paint schemes ever put on a diesel. Unfortunately the GN merged with the CB&Q, SP&S, and NP and the resulting company chose a boring green and black replacement before Big Sky Blue repaints were completed.

This freight pulled by a trio of GE U33C's is crossing the Two Medicine bridge outside East Glacier, Montana on July 2, 1968
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OlderLocoBoy Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
R.I.P big sky
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Always wondered what the old Great Northern looked like...:)
Have to agree with everyone else, that is an outstanding paint scheme. I also like the SP Daylight and Black Widow paint schemes, as well as KCS's Southern Belle. Also real pretty was the Chessie System paint before CSX ruined everything...:lol:
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robertbeardwell Apr 21, 2009  Student Photographer
Wow lovely photograph,amazing train colour and sky match :D
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:iconclassictrains:
That's why Montana is officially called "The Big Sky Country" and the scheme really was called "Big Sky Blue." I love Montana and Robert's :iconhunter1828: scenery photos. My alter-ego :iconirrational1: likes to hike and climb.
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robertbeardwell Apr 21, 2009  Student Photographer
Neat :D
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Silverwolf-1ofmany Apr 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, that's surprisingly close to the make-believe paint scheme I'm puttin gon my fictional railroad's Alco diesels. ;)
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HerrDrayer Apr 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
The sky blue paint is definitely nice, but I must say I would [bare minimum] rank the mid-century Empire Builder scheme of Omaha Orange and Pullman Green as an equal. I'm biased though, because those were my wedding colors. :)
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LOL... you have to be kidding. I loved that scheme too... was the gold stripe represented at your wedding?
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HerrDrayer Apr 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
No gold. We had plenty of silver though, with mirror squares on the tables, silver and aluminum jewelry, and the ceremony held on the obs platform of a classic Pullman car.
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