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Santa Fe Zebra by classictrains Santa Fe Zebra by classictrains
A lot of people liked the Santa Fe Warbonnet paint scheme used on passenger units. What many forget is the earliest Santa Fe freight scheme... commonly referred to as the zebra for very obvious reasons. I personally found the yellow billboard scheme attractive compared to this.

Old paint on an old F-M H12-44 in front of the Joliet tower in 1966.
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TheNorthern Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
Personally, for the the AT&SF, I always liked this scheme:

classictrains Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2008
I thought it was a bit strange and never got a shot of one. Thanks for the link.
HerrDrayer Featured By Owner May 28, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Is this the paint that ATSF applied to the Amos and Andy "One Spot Twins" box cab units that first pulled the Super Chief?
classictrains Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
According to Worley's "Iron Horses of the Santa Fe Trail" unit 1A ended life in switcher service with a scheme similar to this (pg. 433). But they started service in 1936 in an "... improbable combination of coach green, scarlet, cobalt blue and saratoga blue." That musta been something to see. Unit #1 went through a major rebuild and seems to have gotten the silver, red, black and yellow warbonnet in 1938.
HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
No kidding! I've seen B&W pictures of them in what I can only assume was the original paint, but who can tell in a monochrome how those colors were slathered upon the bodywork.
labrat-78 Featured By Owner May 27, 2008   Photographer
Most railroads had one thing in common back then, black paint. Like the Ford Model T, black paint seemed to be the preferred color for any diesel locomotive that was NOT an F or E of other carbody unit.
hunter1828 Featured By Owner May 27, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
When was the last Zebra repainted or retired? Did any of them make it into the 70s still in active service?
classictrains Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
I don't know. This was the only one I ever saw so I kinda doubt it.
railroadsloth Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2007
I'm kinda suprised. 1966 and they already stenciled KEEP OFF above the footboards?
factorone33 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2007  Professional Photographer
Old scheme, rare unit, and a tower included. What more could you ask for?

Personally I liked the billboard "Cigarband" scheme better too. It was something that wasn't too oddball, but not something that everybody else was trying to imitate.
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