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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 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
R.I.P big sky
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DoctorOno Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
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 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Wow lovely photograph,amazing train colour and sky match :D
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classictrains Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
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 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Neat :D
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Silverwolf-1ofmany Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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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classictrains Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
LOL... you have to be kidding. I loved that scheme too... was the gold stripe represented at your wedding?
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner 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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classictrains Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
Wow!
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Since we couldn't afford the wedding Kamui wanted (Scottish castle ruins on the North Sea coast), we had a wedding to my tastes...(^_^) How many grooms get to have it their way?
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acela Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009
TOP FAVE of the day! Love the shot, but also because I have a similar loco in Lionel format, circa mid/late 1980s, with a set of freight cars and a bay window caboose. Prettiest blue scheme I've ever seen...
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hunter1828 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot! And I agree on the scheme. It's a beautiful one. Love this bridge, too.

RWT
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railroadsloth Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007
Beautiful shot, indeed! Man, I wish I could've been a railroader back then. I love the Sky Blue scheme, especially on the F-45's.
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classictrains Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007
They were certainly great to watch. But look at it from your point of view... no comfort cabs... no radio dispatch...

Thanks to jdawg for showing me your deviations.
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railroadsloth Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007
I dunno, those F-45 cabs look pretty comfy. Radio dispatch? Meh, they can have it. I always wanted to snag a trainorder on the fly! :)

Thanks for the advertising Joe, I owes ya! :D rofl
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classictrains Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007
you want flimsies? I got flimsies! see my scraps.
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007  Professional Photographer
Those U-boats look pristine. Great capture.
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classictrains Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2007
I'll put up at least one old "Q" soon. You Watchers all get me thinking. Thanks!
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Vashna Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2007
That is a really nice paint scheme. Much better than their orange Empire Builder scheme.

Even though I wasn't alive, I miss the CB&Q colors. I was hoping BNSF would do a heritage, but alas..
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