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METRA heritage C&NW unit
Posted by CMStPnP on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 7:43 PM

So now I feel kind of ripped off as this looks a lot better than the heritage Milwaukee Road unit they did...........

https://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2020/08/18-metra-unveils-cnw-heritage-locomotive

 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 9:15 PM

I'm not a C&NW fan (nothing personal) but wow, that DOES look good!

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Posted by NorthWest on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 4:42 PM

That unit was Amtrak 467 for the first two decades of its life. It never crossed my mind that it would be a Chicago and Northwestern heritage unit in the future.

The world moves in strange ways.

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Posted by kgbw49 on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 7:13 PM

Ironic that C&NW was located in Chicago and yet their locomotives had Green Bay Packer colors.

That is a great looking unit - maybe Amtrak should start doing the same thing.

Kudos to Metra - I think all their Heritage units are very, very well done.

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Posted by Overmod on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 9:13 PM

kgbw49
Ironic that C&NW was located in Chicago and yet their locomotives had Green Bay Packer colors.

Are you trying to troll us?  Taxicab gold is not Stagecoach Yellow, and that hunter green is just ... well, not.

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Sunday, August 23, 2020 10:20 AM

Before Lombardi, the football team in Green Bay wore blue and yellow.

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Posted by Overmod on Sunday, August 23, 2020 6:06 PM

CSSHEGEWISCH
Before Lombardi, the football team in Green Bay wore blue and yellow.

Did that blue color ever have anything to do with C&NW livery?  (Or their chosen yellow, either ... although it would be closer than Taxicab Gold...)  Ron Wolf did say the yellow they wore was a kind of 'Michigan Yellow' which I suppose is inching toward Stagecoach...

I did think it was funny that a major reason 'green' was adopted was that, after all, the team was playing in 'Green' Bay.  That would call for a far more... well, marine hue of green than either what they picked or what the North Western used, weathered or not.  Perhaps they could have called it "Baie Verte" and then sold the color rights...

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Posted by YoHo1975 on Friday, September 4, 2020 1:32 AM
But, the team didn't even play in green bay all that time. They played half their games in Milwaukee for a very long time.
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Posted by kgbw49 on Sunday, September 6, 2020 10:33 AM

As a Packer Stockholder, I can weigh in on a couple of items.

The Packers played two home games per year in Milwaukee County Stadium for a little over three decades. Even today, season ticket holders of the "Milwaukee package" of two games per season get tickets to two games per season.

The Packers first wore green and gold in 1935 and their fourth championship season (of 13 championships) in 1936.

The reason the Packers started out in blue and gold was because Curly Lambeau, one of their original group and their first coach for several decades, had played collegiately at Notre Dame, and used those colors.

Here is a uniform infographic from their first 100 years.

https://www.packers.com/news/infographic-100-seasons-of-packers-uniforms

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Posted by CMStPnP on Sunday, September 6, 2020 12:52 PM

kgbw49
Ironic that C&NW was located in Chicago and yet their locomotives had Green Bay Packer colors.

I suspect the idea and lineage of the Yellow and Green Color actually came before the Green Bay Packers were founded from C&NW predecessor railroad, Milwaukee, Lakeshore and Western.   See photo link below.

https://www.midcontinent.org/wp-content/uploads/mlsw63h.jpg

Map of the Milwaukee, Lakeshore and Western:

https://content.wisconsinhistory.org/digital/collection/maps/id/1034

 

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