Race Horses? Redbirds?

Discussion in 'E8A' started by meteor910, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    A question for the group -

    I've just been looking through my copy of the "Birmingham Rails" book again, and note that the authors refer to the Frisco E7's and E8's as "Redbirds".

    I've always called them "Race Horses" - even though several of the horse names were not race horses. Others I've talked with around St Louis also refer to these locomotives as "Race Horses".

    What's the most common nickname of the two for the Frisco E7's and E8's? Was "Redbird" used down on the southeast of the SLSF system, i.e., Birmingham? What do you use? Should we take a poll?

    Either name - they were pretty neat locomotives. Sure wish we could see them flash by again - I was at Big Bend and Geyer here in StL recently and watched a BNSF freight come through. Made me think back to the many times I saw the Frisco E's go by there, or rode through there, on #'s 3 & 4, or #'s 9 & 10.

    Ken |-|
  2. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

    Re: Race Horses? Redbirds!

    Within my presence, my father, grandfather, and those Frisco folks with whom they worked, always called them Redbirds. I can't say that I've heard them called anything else.
  3. TAG1014

    TAG1014 Frisco.org Supporter Frisco.org Supporter

    Don't know about "Racehorses" or "Redbirds", but back in the day, I heard Frisco people call the first black and yellow freight diesels "Cutworms!"

  4. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    I can imagine that anyone that worked for the Frisco and was a St Louis Cardinals fan would have called them Redbirds...

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