Santa Fe Bicentennial Locomotive Goes On Display In Kansas City

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The SD45-2 will be at Union Station June 14-19 during the Santa Fe Historical & Modeling Society meeting

Red, white and blue diesel
Restored Santa Fe Bicentennial Diesel No. 5704 will be on display in Kansas City June 14-19. (Central American car)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Santa Fe No. 5704, SD45-2 locomotive cosmetically restored to its Bicentennial paint scheme, will be on display at Union Station in Kansas City June 14-19 to coincide with the convention of the Santa Fe Railway Historical & Modeling Company on these dates in Overland Park, Kan.

The locomotive, which was donated by BNSF to the Southern California Railway Museum in Perris, Calif., was restored to the red, white and blue scheme in late 2021 and early 2022 at Mid-America Car in Kansas City, Mo. [see “Preserved Santa Fe SD45-2 restored …,” Trains News Wire, March 2, 2022]. It will be moved to Perris later this year.

“We are thrilled to welcome the beautifully restored red, white and blue Santa Fe 5704 starting on Flag Day, June 14,” said George Guastello, president and CEO of Union Station Kansas City, in a press release. “We believe the community will appreciate this unique opportunity to see a unique locomotive before it departs for its California home. Union Station Kansas City represents and celebrates the city’s rich railroad heritage.

Five Santa Fe locomotives were painted in the Patriot scheme beginning in late 1975, with the last reverting to traditional blue and yellow in 1978. When No. 5704 was to be scrapped in 2020 after retirement, employees of BNSF lobbied company executives to preserve the engine.

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