Location of SLSF #261

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  1. FriscoFriend (Bob Hoover RIP 4/12/2018)

    FriscoFriend (Bob Hoover RIP 4/12/2018) Passed Away April 12, 2018 Frisco.org Supporter

    Tom:

    There are two shops in Wichita that carry train related items:

    (1) Engine House Hobbies in the Blvd. Plaza Shopping Center at 2718 Blvd. Plaza is a full line store that might have something you would want although the owner recently died and it's future is uncertain.

    (2) Hobbytown USA- I haven't been in there for a couple of years, but don't think they have much in the way of trains.

    There is a historical musuem downtown that has alot of equipment but only one Frisco caboose. You can also take a short trip east of about 50 miles on US 400 and see the old concrete underpass and then the wooden Frisco water tower at Beaumont. There is a hotel there right on the site that has good food.
     
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  2. mvtelegrapher

    mvtelegrapher Member

    The BN switch engine at the Great Plains Transportation Museum in downtown Wichita is ex-Frisco. It is the engine assigned to the Wichita yard for many years.

    John Chambers
     
  3. FriscoFriend (Bob Hoover RIP 4/12/2018)

    FriscoFriend (Bob Hoover RIP 4/12/2018) Passed Away April 12, 2018 Frisco.org Supporter

    Oops! I forgot about good-ole #261. I wish the Historical Society could repaint her into Frisco livery as she wore three paint schemes in here career (as delivered B&Y with the Roman font lettering, B&Y with the modern lettering, and of course O&W). I have been told that part of the terms of the donation were that he had to stay in the BN paint scheme, which really doesn't make much sense to me after all of these years.
     
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  4. friscobob

    friscobob Staff Member Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    How long ago was the 261 donated, and who would actually raise a fuss, legal-wise, should it get repainted into Frisco colors (read: black & yellow)?

    Loaded questions, to be sure, when it comes to the politics and opinions of folks who operate museums.
     
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  5. FriscoFriend (Bob Hoover RIP 4/12/2018)

    FriscoFriend (Bob Hoover RIP 4/12/2018) Passed Away April 12, 2018 Frisco.org Supporter

    I'm not sure how long ago it was donated, but I would guess in the mid 80's shortly after it was retired from service. As far as the reason for specifying that it not be repainted, I can only take a guess, so here goes. At the time of the merger/takeover if I remember correctly, it was not well received by the Frisco community in general, especially the employees. Also, I think there was a movement on the part of the BN to get equipment repainted as quickly as possible because of that. The locomotive was donated at about or near after the same time period so possibly the last thing the BN would want at that time to see a locomotive immediately repainted back to Frisco livery. Thirty years have passed so if the Great Plains Historical Society wanted to paint it back to its orginal scheme and would approach the BN they might reconsider.

    Just conjecture on my part.
     
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  6. wmrx

    wmrx MP Trainmaster

    I say go ahead and paint it in Frisco colors. As a former superintendent of mine always said, "It's easier to ask for forgiveness, than it is permission.":)
     
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  7. The 261 spent most of its 30 yr career working at the 29th st yd. Retired shortly after the merger and donated to GPTM in 1984. This truly was a Wichita eng.
     
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  8. I say repaint it. I'm sure BNSF wouldn't care about a ex-Frisco switcher. Besides it spent most of its running life as a Frisco engine. My vote would be for B&Y paint.
    Ship it on the Frisco!!!


    Murphy Jenkins
     

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