In General

Canadian National
Indiana Harbor Belt
Kansas City Southern
Norfolk Southern
Southern Pacific
Union Pacific

EMD Demonstrators
General Electric Demonstrators
Union Pacific


In General

The Scoop:

There are a lot of really nice looking engines out there.  My Bicentennial page covered the ones we saw in the 1976+ timeframe.

One thing lead to another, and someone suggested that I add the special paint schemes the railroads have done over the years to celebrate veterans, active military, first responders, presidents, etc.  This led me to say, what the heck, let's add special paint jobs for miscellaneous reasons, like the Maersk repaint below....

This page will highlight whatever I can find on these Patriotic Locomotives.  If you do a search for any of these locomotives, you will find many, many more pictures than I have shown here.

A round of applause goes to all of these photographers for being in the right place at the right time!!!

Sam Beck
Joseph Bishop
Joe Blackwell
Adam Burns
Joseph Cermak
R. Craig
Matthew Griffin
Thomas J. Heher
C.W. Lahickey
Marc Lingenfelter
Terry Lovell
Kevin Morgan
L.R. Myers
Frank Orona
Mike Ray
Colin Ritchie
K Sies
Mark Vogel
Craig Walker
Ken Ziegenbein
Google Images

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area: About NS #6920


Canadian National

photo: Joseph Bishop

photo: Terry Lovell

photo: Colin Ritchie

Indiana Harbor Belt

picture: Marc Lingenfelter

Kansas City Southern

Kansas City Southern officials unveiled a locomotive with a patriotic paint scheme on 11/12/2018.  The scheme demonstrates the company's pride in past and present U.S. military activity duty and veteran employees.

Norfolk Southern

Southern Pacific

photo: Craig Walker

Union Pacific

Union Pacific #3593 - Desert Victory

photo: Ken Ziegenbein
Originally UP #8084. Here's a February 27, 1991 photo of Union Pacific 3593, the Desert Storm locomotive (actually named Desert Victory), that UP painted in honor of Operation Desert Storm in Iraq. This was the dedication of the locomotive in front of UP's Jenks Shops in North Little Rock AR. According to, ( diesel-paint.php), on February 27, 1991, UP SD40-2 3593 was released from Jenks shops painted with a U.S. Army inspired camouflage paint scheme to commemorate the 66 UP employees who participated in Operation Desert Storm. It was was repainted in UP yellow on October 11, 1991 since it was harder to see due to the camouflage paint scheme.

Union Pacific #4141 - George Bush 41

Union Pacific #1943 - The Spirit

photo: L. R. Myers/2018/Horseshoe Curve

Nucor Steel / Whitesville IN

photo: Mark Vogel
A new paint job, with the photo being taken in 2008.

Special Paint Jobs

Canadian Pacific

photo: Railway Age
Meanwhile, "up" in Canada, Canadian Pacificís line-haul HFC locomotive, equipped with Ballard Power Systems technology, began operational testing in January 2022. CPís locomotive is the HSOEL, which stands for Hydrogen Zero Emissions Locomotive.

GM Electro-Motive Division Demonstrators

--- GM6C

photo: R. Craig / 1989

photo: C.W. Lahickey / 1980

--- GP20

photo: Adam Burns / 1960

--- GP38-2

photo: R. Craig / 1989

--- SD45X

photo: R. Craig/ 1989

--- GP60

photo: R. Craig / 1989

--- SD70ACe

photo: EMD/Progress Rail

photo: K Sies

--- SD70ACe-P4

photo: Thomas J. Heher

--- SD80MAC

photo: Ft Smith Trolley Museum / 1995

General Electric Demonstrators

--- C40-8

photo: Joseph Cermak/ 2016

Maersk / ATSF

photo: Joe Blackwell

photo: Sam Beck / 1990

Norfolk Southern

Back in 2012, over the Independence Day weekend, Norfolk Southern unveiled it's collection of heritage locomotives at the North Carolina Museum of Transportation in Spencer NC.  NS had to quickly take two leftover Conrail geeps into the paint shop so they could legitimately say this was the only Conrail engine on the system :-)

Union Pacific Special Editions

--- Powered By Our People

photo: Mike Ray / 2022

--- We Are One

photo: Kevin Morgan / 2021

--- Salt Lake City Olympics

photo: Matthew Griffin / 2022




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Please Note:  Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.

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My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning.  Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented.  Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost!  I belong to AAA, which allows you to get local maps for free when you visit the local branches.  ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the railroads on them.  If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.  Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.

Aerial shots were taken from either Google or Bing Maps as noted.  Screen captures are made with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it! 

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