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Which phase F3’s wore the Santa Fe freight “Cat Whiskers” scheme? I’ve wanted a set of those for a while and am only interested in something at the quality and detail level of SS/3R. 

All freight assigned F units wore the cat whisker scheme up through delivery of F7s.  The major change over the years was that the red stripe separating the "creamy yellow" paint from the blue was changed to just the nose area in 1946 and the red stripe disappeared completely when F3s were delivered. 

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Which phase F3’s wore the Santa Fe freight “Cat Whiskers” scheme? I’ve wanted a set of those for a while and am only interested in something at the quality and detail level of SS/3R. 

Santa Fe only had two freight F3 A-B-B-A locomotives: 200L-A-B-C and 201L-A-B-C.  Built in October (200) and November (201), 1948, they were Phase IV F3's, commonly referred to as F5's, looking like early F7's, but with twin-slot dynamic brake fan openings instead of a fifth pan-top fan.  They had stainless steel GE radiator grilles instead of chicken wire.

They were repainted from the blue with cream yellow and cat whisker nose stripes, into the blue with bright yellow and cigar band nose emblem, in 1953 or later.

I remember seeing the 201L-A-B-C make a pickup at Fullerton in the fall of 1958, and by then it had the cigar band scheme.

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@vash44 posted:

I appreciate the info! Hopefully they get made in round 2! Have UP on order but haven’t seen them. Wasn’t sure if the CNW made it either. 

It would be helpful if we knew what roads were produced and what offered roads missed the cut. It’s a shame if say a road missed the cut by one unit and someone could have stepped up for a second unit.  Just saying..... too bad not some way of flagging before road offering “flushed”  

 

Here are some quick photos. Sorry for the mediocre quality, I didn’t have time to whip out the DSLR and instead took these with my iPhone....

In short summary, Another Home Run!

Two minor critiques...

1) the diaphragms lack any play (spring effect), while in some past models (the E8’s & 9’s come to mind) the diaphragms were multi part metal and had some minor flex to them. This allowed for ultra close coupling with short box/length Kadees to the extent that the diaphragms could be butted right up to each other for absolutely no gap between units.

2) I hate to be the one to point this out because it’s one of those “once you see it, you can’t unsee it” kinda things although ever so minor... The gal in charge of the “Main Street of the Northwest” forgot to dot her I’s; but it is the easiest of DIY fixes requiring only the smallest dot of white paint and a very steady hand.

Also, these are my first 3rd rail diesels since the 2nd run PA’s. I’m not sure if this is the first time Kadee mounting brackets have been included, but if so they are a welcome  addition to the parts bag! Here we’ve got a bolt on 3RS setup out of the box. Thank you Scott!!!

Finally, to all who have some on the way; you will be absolutely blown away with satisfaction when you unwrap them! And to those who don’t, you’re gonna have a real sore butt from sitting on that fence. 

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WOW these are spectacular!!!!

 

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