I would suggest
referencing the Morning Sun New York Central Lightning Stripes series. They give
locations and dates of the photos, and might give you an exact unit still in
stripes at merger time. I have a couple of the NYCLS books, if you would
like me to have a look. Good luck!
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, January 14, 2001 9:03
Subject: PC: Lightning stripes in the PC
In HO scale, Atlas has recently released
their RS3 and RS11 models in
New York Central, but only in "lightning
stripe" paint. While I wish
that they would also release a "cigar band"
version that would be
appropriate to use on an early Penn Central-era
layout, I got to
wondering: were there any NYC locomotives still sporting
"lightning stripes" in 1968 or 1969? Anyone ever recall seeing a
of or in person any such engines? I'm trying to determine if I
get away with, prototypically, buying and running a "lightning
Alco on my future 1969-era layout. Obviously, I wouldn't be able
assemble a fleet of striped power, nor would they be in pristine
(I'd probably weather it up pretty good first).
I saw one
photo on George Elwood's NYC locomotive page
of a pair of F7s
in 1969 still wearing stripes, so it appears there were
two that made
the merger. I'm just trying to get a feel how many more there
out there, so I can justify either buying or not buying that
RS11 that keeps calling my name at the hobby shop each month...
It's not the trains that amaze me--
it's the fish heads.
-- Mark Bailey