So That’s What That Was: Non-Standard Canadian Pacific Paint Scheme

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Canadian Pacific GP40-2s #4650 and #4653 (both ex-Boston & Maine) heralded a new paint scheme unlike anything ever seen on CP diesels and when I first saw it back in 2015, the first thought that came to my mind was, “What’s up with that?”

Apparently, this comes about in that there was a high demand for local power on the D&H and the units were quickly painted in Binghamton, NY to satisfy that demand. Shock…. Surprise (to me at least)…. Not only the paint scheme itself (which reminds me of Santa Claus!), but also the fact that I was unaware that the shops at Binghamton had locomotive painting capability!

As I continue to learn about the rail culture and operations of America, along the way I run into (a lot of) things that I can’t always answer in the beginning…. But eventually all of the mysteries of railroading reveal themselves to me and when they do I always say to myself, “So that’s what that was!”

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Author:Railfan AC

AC is a U.S. Air Force Veteran, a long haul trucker, a transportation enthusiast and a lifelong lover of trains. AC's mission is to travel America documenting American railroading in the 21st century while educating those who want to know about the importance the railroads play in our daily lives including, but not limited to, the movement of goods, services and more.

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