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Looking for fictional Rock Island paint scheme... if they had not gone bankrupt....

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Looking for fictional Rock Island paint scheme... if they had not gone bankrupt....
Posted by irishRR on Friday, August 02, 2019 1:02 AM

Hello. I am looking for some help here. I would like to do some Rock Island "Route Rock" locomotives in a fictional (some say experimental or rumored) black paint schemes... I have seen the black locos with the Blue "R" herald and white hex. Also with white lettering. But I saw a version a while back that was mocked up that had some grey in the paints as well, but now can not locate the drawing on the web. 

Does anyone know of these "rumored" paint schemes or have any images of this fictional locomotive? I know it was never a real thing, but I recall it looking very sharp and I would like to add these locos to my freelance Rock Island layout. 

I would love any input or creative ideas anyone has to offer. I look forward to seeing who knows what. Thanx! Cheers!

-John Collins

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Posted by wjstix on Friday, August 02, 2019 11:57 AM

This is the only thing I could find that came kinda close....

https://www.reddit.com/r/modeltrains/comments/8hm563/wow_this_rock_island_colorway_is_just_as_nice/

 

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Posted by jeffhergert on Friday, August 02, 2019 9:17 PM

https://web.archive.org/web/20110105162405/http://rits.org/www/equipment/dieselpix/rrockgp40-2.jpg 

This was on the old RITS website, accessed using the "Wayback machine" website.  From the description on the preceding page of the RITS site, 

https://web.archive.org/web/20160506130354/http://www.rits.org/www/equipment/dieselpix/dieselpix.html 

This is a fictional design.  However, I too have heard the railroad was thinking about changing to a paint scheme close to the fictional one.  There was supposed to be another order, had the railroad survived, for more GP38-2, SD40-2 and MP15 units.  I forget the number of each model, it was discussed years ago on the old RITS list.  IIRC, it was thought that a future order might have been in a black/blue scheme.

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Posted by irishRR on Friday, August 02, 2019 11:40 PM

YES!!! Thank you. This was the site I was looking for. I knew I had seen it a while back. Thank you so much. This will prove most useful. 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, August 11, 2019 8:07 AM

Since this is fantasy anyway, I would put a thin white line between the black carbody and the blue "R". This would really make it pop out better.

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-Kevin

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Wink Happily modeling my STRATTON & GILLETTE RAILROAD. A Class A line located in a personal fantasy world of semi-plausible nonsense on Tuesday, August 3rd, 1954.

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Posted by drciesel on Sunday, August 11, 2019 10:00 AM

You might check Bowser's paint scheme for a fictional Rock Island Alco C430: 

https://www.bowser-trains.com/history/c430locohistory.html

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Posted by jeffhergert on Sunday, August 11, 2019 11:07 AM

drciesel

You might check Bowser's paint scheme for a fictional Rock Island Alco C430: 

https://www.bowser-trains.com/history/c430locohistory.html

 

A local modeler a some years ago did a SD90mac in the blue and white Rock scheme.  It looked nice.

Had they bought the Alcos, that scheme is most likely what they would've looked like.  If not, it would've been the maroon with the large speed lettering which started appearing in the late 1960s before the color was changed to the bright red.

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Posted by dknelson on Sunday, August 11, 2019 12:24 PM

What's interesting is how durable that blue Route Rock paint scheme ended up being on freight cars that were patched out by the C&NW and other purchasing railroads.  The cars look faded now when you see one but better and fresher looking than some more recently painted cars.

If we are fantasizing about "what if the Rock had not failed" let's not forget what a surviving Rock Island might have done in an era of heritage paint schemes!  Iowa Interstate gave us some taste of what that would have looked like.

Dave Nelson

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