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Re-numbering SSW 8087

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Re-numbering SSW 8087
Posted by ianalsop on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 5:54 AM

Hi all. Friends over at Model Railroader.com have suggested I post here in the hope a UP expert can help.

I want to start a new model railroad and have an SSW Dash 8 - 40B, road number 8087. I believe the prototype was delivered in May 1989 in standard SP/SSW grey and red.

I want to move my modelling era forward but to do so as cheaply as possible and re-use the engines I have. I know that on August 30 1999, SSW 8087 was re-numbered UP 5693 and then on December 31 2003, re-numbered again UP 1884.

The question I have is when 8087 was first re-numbered did it wear a UP patch or was it fully repainted? (I am assuming here it hadn't been repainted yellow prior to that event and the "old" SSW number reapplied).

I have seen a photo dated August 9 2000 showing it in Armour Yellow and that may suggest it was fully re-painted at the time of the initial re-numbering unless it was patched for less than a year.

I can manage a patch update using Microscale decals, but a full repaint is beyond my skills at the moment so knowing if or when it was patched will help determine the layout date.

Thanks for any thoughts. Ian

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