KCS "Ghosts"

Paul De Luca Photo

While revolutionary diesel technology was changing the face railroading during the years prior to WWII, the demand for more streamlined passenger equipment and locomotives was making railroad lines more colorful. The "Southern Belle", KCS's premier passenger service, is evidence of the role color could play in helping determine a company's marketplace presence.

By the early 1950s, the focus at KCS (as with other railroads) had shifted from marketing to operating ratios and cost cutting measures. Economy was the norm; the classy locomotive attire once worn by the railroad's first generation motive power gave way to different single-color schemes with simplified trim. Perhaps the most notable of the economy schemes arrived in 1966 concurrent with the delivery of KCS's first second-generation locomotives. Carbodies and cabs were donein solid white, with a gold frame stripe and a large red "KCS" on the long hood. This "ghostly" attire was replaced several years later by battleship grey with gold-nose chevrons; it was the last of the economy-driven schemes, prior to KCS's retro- looking "Belle" colors of five decades earlier.

Paul F. De Luca photo at Como, TX on 7 September 1984



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E8A 27

WD Caileff Jr. photo (R. Craig collection)

H15-44m #45

Mac Owen photo

F7A 4059

Paul De Luca photo

Road Slug 4076

Yard Slug 4079

GP30 4110

Alan Gaines photo

GP7 4151

Bob Courtney photo

GP9 4164

Rick Morgan photo

SW7 4314

Paul Deluca photo


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SD40 642

Joe Blackwell photo

SD40-2 651

David Hawkins photo

SD40-2 "snoot" 682

Nathan Bailey photo

SD40X 700

Bob Courtney photo

SD50 708

Chuck Zeiler photo

GP40 787

Paul De Luca photo

SW1500 1501

WD Caileff, Jr. photo (R. Craig collection)

GP38-2 4000

David Hawkins photo


Ron Thur photo


Format by: R.Craig Revised: 23 August 2017
Reference sources: Extra 2200 South (April/May/June 1991 issue) and KCS Roster (2003) compiled by F.L. (Dutch) Schultz, jr. Additional data provided by Paul F. De Luca, Steve Gerbracht, David Hawkins, Zack Hilton, Bryan Jones, and David W. Read.

The "RRpicturesarchive.net" website was especially helpful here in identifying potential photographers and related images. We extend our thanks to this valuable resource. Thanks also to Michael Richmond who was very helpful in identifying and gaining permission to use many of the above photos.

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