Frisch liked the six E7 locomotives (numbered 2000 to 2005) it purchased in 1948 for the Meteor and Texas Special so well that it soon added sixteen E8s (which were first made in 1949) for its other passenger trains. This locomotive card depicts the second E8 to come off the production line.
The card shows the locomotive painted bright red with gold stripes. As Mike Condren’s Frisco web pages show, they were all named after famous horses. The locomotive on this card is called Whirlaway, after the winner of the 1941 Triple Crown. At the same time, the E7s were retroactively given horse names and soon were repainted to match the E8s.
Condren’s photos show that the E8 locomotives were originally delivered with the gold stripes shown on the card. But for some reason these were soon modified with a more complicated scheme involving thin white stripes around the gold stripes. Later, the gold/gold-&-white stripes were replaced with yellow stripes. Eventually, the stainless-steel panels were removed and the scheme was simplified with a solid yellow cigar band in front and no yellow or gold stripes on the side. Finally, the locomotives were simplified again with a single white stripe at porthole level, a configuration that might have looked good on a GP or SW unit but that didn’t really fit over the nose of a streamlined E unit.
This locomotive card for the Frisco’s first F3 locomotive shows that it began life with the cigar-band paint scheme that eventually was used on the passenger locomotives. For some reason, General Motors didn’t continue the yellow stripe between the port holes; Frisco later added such a stripe so that lash-ups of A-B locomotives would have one continuous stripe. However, like the E units, Frisco eventually deleted the yellow stripes on the side of the locomotive, leaving just the cigar band on the front. Finally, these locomotives were also given the simplified scheme of red with a broad white stripe at porthole level.