We knew this scheme wouldn't last long so we were nailing the c### out of all the MP yellow we could get. The buffalos were mainstays in Houston so they were easy pickins.
"Honorary buffalos" in homage to the real buffalo, the Alco C636. These units held down Z train and chemical trains from Freeport.
We took that MP blue for granted, now we were scrambling to shoot everything blue.
I was on my way to the airport to head out to my monthly rotation in the oilfields of Wyoming, soon to become permanent, when hostlers poked this out of the south side of the shed. I just rolled ... (more)
One of the few, the proud, the MP yellow.
In the as-built number series.
Rare unit. At some point upgraded to 2000HP. Note, one of the few non-turbo units to wear the eagle.
Look after Uncle Pete got his mitts on this fine railroad this unit's "between scheme" has faded to something other than Armour Yellow.
A pair of new SD50's glide through Buttermilk curve on an eastbound coal train. I was used to seeing four SD40-2's on coal trains prior to the delivery of the SD50's.
Built on AAR trucks from retired Alcos these units were commonplace on MP.
Nice looking units.
Early numbering series.
Caboose hop with a slightly later version of the MP
This was really a side show conpared to the Warren & Saline River Whitcombs.
I really like these gutsy sounding stubby little units, kind of like an SD-45T-2 with a short guy syndrome.