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News Photo: Bicentennial SD45-2 on the move

By | June 26, 2022

Restored Santa Fe unit en route to Southern California museum

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Red, white, and blue locomotive on intermodal train
Red, white, and blue locomotive on intermodal train
Santa Fe Bicentennial diesel No. 5704 passes through Panhandle, Texas, on June 23, 2022, en route to California. (William Tollett)

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.

3 thoughts on “News Photo: Bicentennial SD45-2 on the move

  1. Beautiful! I wish they would have brought it to Railroad Days in Galesburg before taking it to California.

  2. I have always thought that of all the bicentennial paint schemes that we saw in the mid-1970s the Santa Fe engines were the best. I remember several railfanning days at Fullerton, CA watching the Super C breeze through the station with one of those units in the lead. Santa Fe always seemed to do just about everything with a bit more class than the other railroads. Looking forward to the Perris team getting 5704 back in operating condition.

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