RailPictures.Net Photo: SCL 1776 Seaboard Coast Line GE U36B at Barstow, California by Craig Walker
 
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Barstow, California, USA (more..)
November 15, 1972
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SCL 1776 (more..)
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Craig Walker (more..)
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SCL 1776 - The One That Begat Them All

There were two different U36Bs on the Seaboard Coast Line that carried the number "1776." The SCL's U36Bs were being delivered, and 1776:1 was already on the property when it was decided that for the upcoming American Bicentennial (the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence) a locomotive should be painted in a special scheme commemorating the historic event, and 1776 was the logical number to use. As a result, the railroad contacted GE and had upcoming U26B 1813 renumbered to 1776 (technically, SCL 1776:2) to be painted at GE's Erie, PA, factory in the special scheme, and the original 1776 (1776:1) was renumbered. SCL 1776:1, however, was interesting in its own right, as it was one of just a few SCL U36Bs delivered with the "Split Image" green and yellow nose logo (rather than the standard black and yellow logo). SCL 1776 was the first of what would become a mania on American railroads, in which almost all railroads painted at least one locomotive (or car) to celebrate America's 200th birthday. SCL 1776 was in Barstow, California - far from home as power for a short train that included a pair of Santa Fe passenger cars (a steam generator car converted from an old smooth-side baggage car, and a display car converted from an old heavyweight car) and a Frisco wide-vision caboose (a home-built one), and all wore the same scheme as SCL 1776. The train operated from Richmond, California, to Richmond, Virginia across all three railroads to promote coast-to-coast freight service, if I remember correctly.
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