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Mgoldman
08-19-2006, 10:55 PM
With all the UP Heritage Units officially out, which is your overall favorite?

Elaborite if you'd like, but please vote so we can see at a glance which unit is most liked by the viewers at RP.


Personally - I like the Katy best - most likely to have happend, though the C&NW would fit that category, it's just a bit too much for me. When I was a lot younger, much much younger, I painted a hood scoop and race stripe on a friends car. Now, I know what you are thinking... and now you know what I am thinking when I see some of these UP Heritage units, though I do have yet to see one in person.

Should be interesting!

/Mitch
<A HREF="http://www.railpictures.net/showphotos.php?userid=11960">Click Here</A> to take a gander at my photos at RailPictures.Net!

NicTrain35
08-19-2006, 11:01 PM
My favorite is the CNW. Although, it's the only one I've seen in person, the paint just really stands out to my eyes!

My second favorite would be the Katy. Like the CNW, the paint really stands out.

Chessie4033
08-20-2006, 12:29 AM
I though the Katy unit was the run away winner until I saw photos of the C&NW and SP units. The C&NW unit, in my opinion, is just a little better looking, though.

CG_F45
08-20-2006, 01:12 AM
My favorite is by far the Katy. I like the red paint, as it really stands out, and it looks like nothing else on the rails today, a real unique locmotive. That is also the only on I have seen in person, and it was really well done up close.

Cool thread, Mitch!

4kV
08-20-2006, 01:46 AM
My favorites in order of best to least:

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=39323

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=207854

http://n691lf.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=207787

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=318004

http://n691lf.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=300768

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=280460

CG_F45
08-20-2006, 02:50 AM
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=39323

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=207854

http://n691lf.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=207787

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=318004

http://n691lf.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=300768

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=280460

Now those are heritage units! I especially like your shot of the D&RGW GP30!

4kV
08-20-2006, 02:56 AM
Now those are heritage units!

Amen! I often think people are getting so giddy over these new units that they forget about the real ones.

SD70MACMAN
08-20-2006, 04:40 AM
In light of the 6 very good points brought up by 4kV, Im not going to vote for a fav heritage unit.

(But I do like the SP unit ;) )

bnsf sammy
08-20-2006, 06:54 PM
I really like the nose of the SP unit, but I am not too crazy about all the stripes and colors on the sides. I would have liked the SP unit more if the sides looked more like the nose, with a main black color with white and red thin stripes.

dodi4200
08-20-2006, 08:16 PM
IMO D&RGW is the best one.I like the destribution of colours on its body.

Gordon Graham
08-21-2006, 02:45 AM
The favourite one is D&RGW .

The color look really sharp and nice ,
and the whole design is beautiful ,
especially the mountains :) .

:o Poor Missouri Pacific unit ...

fuente1
08-21-2006, 04:11 AM
Im not gonna vote on a fav heritage unit. The DRGW one is ok, I prefer the narrow gauge variants however. I wish some of the other railroads would get into this heritage scheme trend, for example, NS still operates several great examples of old N&W and Southern power that could easily be repainted into their original scheme. To me that would be a REAL heritage unit. A tuxedo on a widecab would just look foolish. N&W would be easy to do, just paint over NS on the side and put a BIG "NW" on the side of it. Just my .02 cents.

NS 2557
08-21-2006, 05:04 AM
I like both the CNW and the Rio Grande I was expecting something better for the SP unit but what came out didnt apeal to me as the others did.

Andrew Blaszczyk (2)
08-21-2006, 07:59 PM
I voted for the CN&W only because it was the closest to "the way it was". In a close second was the Rio Grande because I think that would have been or would be a very cool scheme to see on locomotives, I think it was the best artistically. How about painting some locos that were never owned by the RR in one of the real schemes? An example would be the real Rio Grande livery on an SD70M or the CN&W livery on a GP60 (not 100% sure if CN&W never had one).

photogeek88
08-22-2006, 04:46 AM
Nope, C&NW never had any GP60s. Plenty of SD60s near the end though. I just would have liked them to put the nose bell on the C&NW Heritage Unit.

Nose bell+Safety Cab=?...:shock:

CG_F45
08-22-2006, 09:28 PM
I heard somewhere that the CNW ordered some SD90s right before the merger, and the UP took delivery of them and they wound up in Armour Yellow! :shock: Is this true?

Nope, C&NW never had any GP60s. Plenty of SD60s near the end though. I just would have liked them to put the nose bell on the C&NW Heritage Unit.

Nose bell+Safety Cab=?...:shock:

If they had put the nose bell on the heritage unit, they would have had to draw a smiley face on it!!! :D

photogeek88
08-23-2006, 04:09 AM
Well, Chris, you've let my imagination wander onto the train tracks. I just so happened to have one of those smiley bells on file...Here you go!

BTW all, please don't believe I'm actually this bad at Photoshopping things. Wanna know how much of a nerd I become when computers, photography, and trains are combined? I came inside at around 9:20. I immediately got onto the forums, saw Chris's comment, and set to work finding the correct pictures in my computer. I was working for ten minutes, every so often hearing this nice fluttering noise, and a high-pitched noise I assumed to be my hard drive. Turns out a bat had been flying around above my head in the computer room, assumedly since I came in through the basement from outside. My handiwork got distracted after the chasing through my house, takedown with a broom, capture under a small garbage can, and subsequent release into the wild. My sister named him Sheldon.
Anyway, that's how sickly absorbed I've become, and I felt I needed to share. I need friends. I need a life...I also will have to ask my Biology II teacher tomorrow what kind of bat it was; I have photographic proof!:roll::lol:

CG_F45
08-23-2006, 04:17 AM
Cool edit! Looks great!

A bat, eh? Those things can be really scary (at least for me :shock: ) I remeber I was in a model railraod club's basement, and a bat came in and nearly crashed into my head...a few times! Luckily, someone else chased it out of the basement with a shovel... :razz:

A similar thing happened to me, actually. I was working on a model train, and was really into it, and all of a sudden, as spider wove a web right in front of my face! Needless to say, I was spooked!!! :shock:

Aww geez, look how far I have driven this thread off topic, sorry Mitch!

Tåg
09-12-2006, 03:34 AM
I am rather fond of the UP 1996 and UP 1983 myself. Mostly due to the fact I am originally from the SFBA and I used to see WP and SP trains all the time growing up. I also think they are just cool looking.

I almost got tagged to do a dog catch out of Eugene a few days ago but the guy just ahead of me got that job, and I ended up deadheading up to SeaTac to grab a garbage train. Oh well.

Tåg
09-12-2006, 03:39 AM
I am not quallified to run a computer.

Tåg
09-12-2006, 03:40 AM
My favorites in order of best to least:

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=39323

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=207854

http://n691lf.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=207787

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=318004

http://n691lf.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=300768

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=280460

Flip this list 180, change the Espee to #2, and you have mine

tomcatchamp
09-12-2006, 06:33 PM
I'd have to say that the Western Pacific unit, in my opinion looks the best. The UP did a relatively good job with all the heritage units but I'm inclined to follow the thinking of a few other folks with regards to the schemes on the SP, the Katy and perhaps the MP Units ; they could have stuck closer to the actual paint jobs of those railroads when they were around. I wonder how they Katy unit would look in her original colors ? The Southern Pacific unit IS definately very loud with it's color, but it beats the usual Scarlet Red & Gray. And I think the D&RGW unit looks pretty good they way it's painted now, but man that thing would look AWESOME in Black & Orange !!!

Also, I'd like to see the UP do 1 more heritage unit, this time in their own colors. Don't believe Armor Yellow and Harbor Mist Gray was the first paint scheme used, looking way back to when they came into exsistance, but I could be wrong. Who'll be the next President honored with a locomotive and what colors could be used outside the Air Force ONE scheme ?

I also agree the C&NW unit should have the nose bell included. Maybe even add the mars lights on the Southern Pacific unit as well, don't know how that would look.

My hats off to the painters and paint crews for all these heritage engines, they did great. More importantly, let's see if the railroad can keep them looking good and clean ... that will be the true test.

As for the question about the C&NW ordering the SD90MAC, I couldn't find any info about it, but I did find this little blurb from wikipedia regarding the SD80MAC ...

Chicago and North Western Railway ordered 15, along with Canadian Pacific, but the orders were canceled and/or changed.

Now it's time to see if any of the other railroads will follow suit and develope their own "Heritage Fleet" ... it would make for some pretty colorful and interesting schemes riding the rails if they do.

Coaster 655
09-20-2006, 04:04 AM
The MKT one is the best, all that red makes me think it is a candy cain :-D

Pat Lorenz
09-25-2006, 04:37 PM
I really like all of them, i think the idea was great and my hats off to UP for the amount of money they invested into the whole project. I really feel like each unit sums up each railroad nicley and it also gives it a fresh new look, while keeping each locomotive the same (as far as parts goes). If i really liked the WP unit because it overall has a very nice look and the CNW is my favorite. The Katy one looks nice from the side but the nose paint is too plain, making a head on shot look to flat (kinda like NS units). But the whole project was awesome. You got to hand it to UP, they screwed up alot, but there ablities for bringing old railroading back with a new look is amazing. The DD40, heritage and 844 steam programs they have running are great things and i will love UP for that, but there dirty locomotives they can keep.

fuente1
09-25-2006, 11:27 PM
You got to hand it to UP, they screwed up alot, but there ablities for bringing old railroading back with a new look is amazing. The DD40, heritage and 844 steam programs they have running are great things and i will love UP for that, but there dirty locomotives they can keep.


Pat,
Ill second that......I really dont care for Union Pacific but they do keep the history alive which is VERY important. Sadly, the children on the east coast have to get on an airplane to observe a mainline steam locomotive in all of its glory. Not much can be said for anyone on the east coast as far as historical preservation/operation is concerned. Even though 844 has nothing on our lady;) (N&W J Class 611) it is nice to see photos of 844 running in 2006. Hats off to UP and their steam crews for keeping it alive. Now if we could just convince Norfolk to quit counting the money for a few hours and fire the J back up we'd be in business!

a231pacific
09-26-2006, 12:59 AM
C&NW first, because it looks good and looks like something the C&NW might have actually done. I kind of like the WP for much the same reasons as the C&NW. I like the Rio Grande, even though you know the Rio Grande never would have painted anything like that, but it's a nice paint scheme. I guess the MOP and Katy kind of fall in line after that. SP is a distant last, because it's way too busy and the white stripes are way too wide to truly evoke the daylight, which I think was what they were trying to do.

I'd really like to see the UP take some typical units from each of the component roads and give them proper historical paint jobs to celebrate their heritage, but since UP's real goal was to provide a platform for posting every possible logo for trademark protection purposes, you know that's not going to happen.

Michael Allen

Tåg
11-18-2006, 08:17 AM
The UP 1996 has been in Portland the last couple of days, and I got to see it two days in a row. This evening it was the third trailing unit on a southbound "Z" train this evening.

Southern Pacific
11-21-2006, 01:36 AM
you forgot the "none" choice