Another Centennial Breakfast Menu — 1 Comment

  1. I wonder why the UP chose to feature two of the three Alco C855’s they owned on the menu? They were delivered in 1964 and were already old for superpower locomotives in 1969. They were the biggest failures of the UP’s large locomotives, with all three out of service by 1971 and scrapped in 1972. Crews hated these units due to their constant breakdowns and overheating problems. The UP had already pretty much given up on the Alcos by 1969. They certainly were not that clean in 1969.

    I’m also surprised that Howard Fogg, known for his accurate portrayals of UP motive power, still showed both the C855 and the caboose without their trademark aluminum painted trucks. The 855’s were delivered with aluminum painted trucks, and every mainline UP caboose I recall from about 1966 onward also had aluminum painted trucks. The CA-6/7 cabooses had the warning and classification lights in boxes on both faces of the tall cupola by 1969. I don’t recall any CA-6/7’s with oil marker lights still on the caboose ends in 1969 either, although there were still a few mineral red CA-3 and CA-4 cabooses running around in local service in 1966 Los Angeles with oil markers. All the road cabooses had at least safety slogan frames on the caboose sides as well if not the actual slogans. Maybe Fogg just didn’t like the more modern UP look at the time and decided to slip a few older details in, something very few “normal” people would notice anyway.



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