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PC: Re: Lightning stripes in the PC era? NOPE--nor for RS-11s

In NYC Lightning Stripes, Vol. 2, page 50, there is a photo of a covey of RS-11's in LS, BUT the caption says: "Six RS-11's were assembled by ALCO in 1960 on the basis of a verbal commitment from an NYC official, but they were never accepted by the NYC and remained in storage at Selkirk roundhouse through 1960. Eventually they were purchased by the D&H and repainted by ALCO in their new gray and blue color scheme early in 1961. These RS-11's (#8009-8014) were the ONLY ONES (added emphasis) delivered in lightning stripes as the first group (#8000-8009) were painted black......"
Sorry for the bad news in re the RS-11's, but I will check more on the RS3's.
Patrick Harris
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, January 14, 2001 9:03 PM
Subject: PC: Lightning stripes in the PC era?

Hi everyone,

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 their
"lightning stripes" in 1968 or 1969? Anyone ever recall seeing a photo
of or in person any such engines? I'm trying to determine if I could
get away with, prototypically, buying and running a "lightning stripe"
Alco on my future 1969-era layout. Obviously, I wouldn't be able to
assemble a fleet of striped power, nor would they be in pristine paint
(I'd probably weather it up pretty good first).

I saw one photo on George Elwood's NYC locomotive page
(http://www.dnaco.net/~gelwood/other/nyc-loco.html) 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 were
out there, so I can justify either buying or not buying that striped
RS11 that keeps calling my name at the hobby shop each month... :-)


Jerry W. Jordak                   It's not the trains that amaze me--
mailto:jer@smellycat.com          it's the fish heads.
http://prozac.cwru.edu/jer/                       -- Mark Bailey
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