Discussion in 'S2' started by patrick, Sep 16, 2003.
ALCo S2 Number 291. Frisco file photo from the Western Historical Manuscript Collection.
Did any of the ALCo S2's ever receive the later style FRISCO lettering & numbers (I don't know what to call the lettering font style) used on the EMD, Baldwin and F-M diesel switchers?
Re: 290-297 (Lettering Styles)
Just saw this post from a while back.
I checked the Springfield-Greene Co. collection on line and no S-2 photos there. Mike Condren has a "Paint Shop" column under construction his website (thanks, Mike!). He references scheme FR-S4d, applied to NW-2s and S-2s and using "Roman" lettering, with the S-2s actually delivered in FR-S4e, which had the painted coonskin w/unit number.
Interesting, the Fallen Flags website has a solitary photo of an S-2: #294 (unk photographer) in 1967 at Birmingham in the Roman lettering:
I'm wanting to think I've seen this photo elsewhere?
I was just looking at pictures of Alco S2 locomotives on the 'net and noticed that New York, Susquehanna & Western S2s shared virtually the same paint scheme as the old North East Oklahoma S2s that ended up as SLSF 295, 296, and 298. Take a look at images taken from the Frisco Archive and the RRPicturesArchive.
That is an amazing similarity. I wonder if there is a reason other than it looks fairly good. Could there have been someone who worked for both NEO and NYS&W that influenced the paint schemes?
More likely that is a standard ALCo "catalog" paint scheme that ALCo offered that both railroads happened to choose. EMD also offered "catalog" paint schemes.
There are subtle variances if one looks closely but I think Andre has the most likely answer.
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