Difference By A Nose by Lance
With the BN-ATSF merger in 1995, a number of four-axle Santa Fe locos came over to the BN side to work locals. In March of 1996 the ATSF 2703 showed up to work out of Rochelle, Illinois on March 16, 1996 gleaming in fresh yellow and blue paint. It had just been repainted by Mid American Car in Kansas City earlier that month. Built as the ATSF 1203 in April of 1962, it still retrained much of it’s “as built” look. But back there on the left is the BN 2762–also built as a GP30 in August of 1962. That loco was constructed for the Southern Railway as their 2532 and it had the Hi-nose option. But when it went through the rebuilding program it had its nose configured to a more standard appearance. It still has the humped dynamic brake blister, but not quite as classy as the rounded cab roof as sported by the ATSF 2703.
Photo by Lance Wales