Restored FP9 makes Texas debut

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PALESTINE, Texas — On Thursday, the Texas State Railroad debuted a newly restored FP9, restored to working condition and repainted in an homage to Texas’ fallen flags.

Texas State Railroad general manager Greg Udolph says that the locomotive’s restoration was about a year in the works.

“It was quite a process to get all mechanical work done and an extensive amount of body work as well,” he tells Trains News Wire. “The easiest part was putting on the paint. We wanted to make sure the mechanical work was sound first.”

Udolph says that the new red and gold paint takes inspiration from schemes the Missouri, Kansas & Texas and Frisco railroads applied to the E and F units assigned to their jointly operated Texas Special.

“We made the locomotive our own,” he says. “It represents the Texas State Railroad, but also pays homage to Texas railroads.”

The FP9 began its career with Canadian National and then Via Rail Canada. Before coming to the Texas State Railroad, it served at the Georgia Southeastern.

Udolph says that the FP9 will be the standard power at the head of the TSR’s departures before the steam season, scheduled to begin in May 2018, kicks off. On Saturday, April 14 and will be on display at the Palestine station from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

More information is available online.
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