Thursday, June 21, 2012

POTD - Vanishing Color: Cascade Green

In 1970, Great Northern, Northern Pacific, and the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad merged to form the Burlington Northern. The new "futuristic" BN logo and Cascade green will be a ubiquitous sight along the northern Colorado plains and the Joint Line for the next quarter century.

Like Tuesday's POTD, today's photo was taken at Palmer Lake, except this time facing south. The color seems to have faded, but the engines appear in much better shape than tomorrow's POTD.

Burlington Northern #5066, a GE C30-7, hauls its manifest up the grade to Palmer Lake
 with the help of a similar vintage SD40-2 and a newer GE BNSF unit in October 2000.
Photo: Moe Bertrand

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