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Two Sides of the Same Coin

September 18, 2010

How do you like your MKT F3A’s?  Classic or contemporary?

MKT F3A 67-C at Parsons, KS in November of 1971

The above view shows the 67-C in the classic red scheme which adorned the unit for the vast majority of its career with Katy.

By February 1974, the 67-C had been re-painted in the Katy's new colors, again at Parsons, KS.

In 1971, MKT management decide to update its paint scheme. It selected a high-visibility green and yellow scheme that was nicknamed “John Deere” because of the similarity to the color of John Deere farm equipment.

As the Katy had a reputation of being very cost-conscious, it’s interesting that it would spend the money to re-paint its F units in the twilight of their careers.

Classic or contemporary?  How do you prefer your Katy F units?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Art Reid permalink
    September 18, 2010 10:13 pm

    It’s a hard one. I looked at the photos for several minutes and at first I thought classic. After thinking on it for a bit I changed my mind and will go with the John Deere green.

  2. Jimmy Barlow permalink
    September 20, 2010 3:32 pm

    Classic or contemporary, eh? Well, I like to have my Kate and eat it, too, so I would have preferred the contemporary green/yellow with the classic red “Katy” (not “MKT”) herald smack dab in the middle of the nose. (And on all units, not just F’s.)

  3. Rick Malo permalink
    January 14, 2011 1:11 pm

    I have to agree with Jimmy. That classic red herald right in the middle of the nose door would have looked GREAT! Maybe even a larger one placed on the flanks underneath smaller MKT letters.

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