A fresh-painted Warbonnet is back

California's Orange Empire Railway Museum is set to debut an FP45 in its original colors
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The Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, Calif., has restored Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe EMD FP45 No. 108 to its as-delivered Warbonnet paint scheme.
Elrond Lawrence
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A close-up shot of Santa Fe No. 108 in fresh paint at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in California.
Elrond Lawrence
PERRIS, Calif. — The Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, has restored Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe No. 108, an EMD FP45, to its original 1967 Warbonnet passenger colors.

The locomotive is the last of nine FP45s purchased by AT&SF which are six-axle cowl units that once led the hot Super C freight and various streamlined passenger trains.

The engine was renumbered No. 5948 and went into freight service when Amtrak assumed passenger duties. It wore various freight colors and numbers until 1989, when it emerged as red and silver No. 102 for the “Super Fleet” marketing campaign. BNSF Railway donated the faded warbonnet (then re-numbered to No. 98) to the museum in January 1998. The restoration team began work in 2012, rebuilding the unit inside and out.

No. 108 is expected to make a public debut in November.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly indicated that No. 108 operated with Amtrak. It remained with the Santa Fe and successor railroads. Oct. 17, 2017. 10:31 p.m. Central time.
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