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Do you believe in ghosts? Here we have Santa Fe #2964, SF's only GP40, which come to them from PC via the TP&W. #2964 was assigned this number in Jan. of '84. In Jan. of '88, she was destroyed at Pico Rivera, CA in a horrible wreck. But on the OVS, she lives on. This was an odd production for Atlas, since this loco was only in the Yellow bonnet scheme for 4 years. I guess they thought if it was painted in Santa Fe colors, then it would sell, because of most people not knowing the story. Well, I for one couldn't pass up such a nice looking loco, even if it meant changing history.
There were only a few pictures on the internet that I could find to work from, and all were from the left side, but I'm sure this loco followed typical Santa Fe practice. First on the list was the pilots. I added cut levers, MU hoses, Air hoses and Z scale couplers. Then up to the cab, where the stock horn was "lifted" up a bit and glued in place. I also added an A.C. unit, antenna stand and antenna, sunshades rear view mirrors, and windshield wipers. After the shell was done, I added a Digitrax DZ123 to the frame, and put the shell on, tested, speed matched, and gave it a weathering job with chalks. #2964 is a good looking, unique loco that is now ready for service on the Owens Valley Sub.

 

Before (well almost stock)

And after (unweathered)

And weathered

 

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