Athearn Genesis Frisco GP7s in Black & Yellow

Discussion in 'New Products' started by klrwhizkid, Oct 26, 2018.

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  1. William Jackson

    William Jackson Bill Jackson

    Eagle eye Keith, you see more than I do, looking a lifetime. That makes you a benefit to all !
  2. kenmc

    kenmc KenMc Supporter


    I hate to throw a wrench in the whole proceedings, but those are not newer vs older painted stripes on #572 in the photo. I have (or had, until I gave them to the defunct Frisco Museum,) the original painting diagrams for both the GP7s and the early U25Bs. Both diagrams specified that the striping paint was to be DuPont "Dulux Gold" except for the side frame stripes and the TOP END STRIPE PLUS THE TWO LITTLE HORIZONTAL STRIPES on each end. These were to be DuPont "Scotchlite Gold" in order to be reflective. That is what you are seeing in the photo. After aging, you couldn't easily tell the difference, but #572 has been recently painted in the photo, so the difference shows.

    Someone tell Athearn. There is no substitute for the original painting diagrams and specifications.

    Ken McElreath
  3. Well the yellow color is what it is, one can only take it or leave as they are coming from Athearn. Is kinda like beating a dead horse at this point, its not going to change what we have on the ones we have now for those of us who chose to purchase them.
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  4. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    I was trying to put the paint color issue to bed and stop the unproductive banter...but I'm pretty sure the horse is dead now, and I hope Athearn doesn't react negatively.
  5. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Supporter

    As I read this debate about the new Genesis GP7's in Frisco's b/y livery, I think back on my very first GP7 which I painted up as a b/y SLSF GP7. Didn't turn out real well. It was based on the old, Blue Box Athearn GP7 with the ugly wide hoods, the d/b, and all cast on detail, plus a terrible motor.

    We have it pretty good with these new GP7 Genesis models. I think they look great.

    Everybody should buy a few - that way Athearn will be reminded how great of a demand the folks create, and maybe we will be able to convince Athearn to produce Genesis F7A's, F7B's, F9B's and FP7A's, all in b/y livery. Now that would be nice! They could do that very easily!

  6. kenmc

    kenmc KenMc Supporter


    I suppose you can lock a thread when you don't like the "banter" or are afraid of offending some manufacturer's sensitivities, but my intent was to show that there is no end of being "more prototypical," and frankly I thought people might be fascinated, as was I, that EMD would actually specify two kinds of paint for adjacent stripes. Otherwise, no one would understand the photo of #572 correctly.

    For myself, I love my customized, wide-body Athearn GP7 #568 that is now over 40 years old and going strong. These new narrow hood beauties "just don't look quite right." How's that?

    Ken McElreath
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