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Best Looking “Dip” Paint Scheme?

February 4, 2010

What’s a “dip” paint scheme. It’s where the locomotive is painted in one color, as if it could have been just dipped into a huge vat of the proper color paint.

Dip schemes weren’t terribly common. They were typically used by railroads that were in poor shape financially.  MKT red, CGW red, KCS white and PC black come to mind in this group.

MP U30C on March 10, 1974, possibly at Pueblo, CO.

MP U30C 3331 in perfect sun on March 10, 1974. Location possibly Pueblo, CO.

I’d say the MP’s “screaming eagle” scheme as the best looking “dip” paint scheme, by virtue of the striking eagle on the long hood of the engine and the neat “buzzsaw” logo on the cab. Only MP’s turbocharged units received the eagle logo.

Unlike the other users of “dip” paint schemes, the Jenks blue scheme adopted by the MP in the early 1960’s wasn’t so much due to financial woes as much as was the fact that MP President Downing  Jenks wasn’t going to “waste” money on fancy paint jobs.

That’s just how he rolled…

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 25, 2010 11:58 am

    I like shots showing the MP big U-boats. You really don’t see that many of them and few with the boats this clean.

    • April 25, 2010 12:27 pm

      The MP, and all RR’s, seemed to keep power cleaner the further back you went in time.

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