Former Santa Fe bicentennial diesel No. 5704 is on its way to its new home in California.
Photographer William Tollett caught the SD45-2, restored to its mid-1970s paint scheme earlier this year, on Thursday, June 23, at Panhandle, Texas, on BNSF Railway train ZPLKLAC6-22.
The locomotive was donated to the Southern California Railroad Museum in Perris, Calif., last year [see “Southern California Railroad Museum adds ATSF bicentenntial SD45-2 …,” Trains News Wire, Oct. 6, 2021] and repainted into red, white, and blue earlier this year at Mid-America Car in Kansas City, Mo. [see “Preserved Santa Fe SD45-2 restored …,” News Wire, March 2, 2022]. It was recently displayed at Kansas City Union Station prior to the current move to Perris, where the museum hopes to restore the locomotive to operating condition.