confirms the color shift.
He began working with Conrail as a consultant in 1976 and joined the company two years later, becoming assistant vice president of industrial engineering.
says the paint alone was not solely responsible for the early lighter blue shade.
The original paint would blanch when exposed over time to the sun.
"Laboratory tests found that the original CR blue paint began chalking after only about one year of service, compared to our desire to have a locomotive paint job last eight years," Samuels
"The side print was for the public, but the nose print was so Conrail
train crews could be reminded of our Quality efforts by seeing that on the nose as they passed each other," Samuels
The final paint variation was perhaps the most striking: 30 SD80MACs built by EMD in 1995-96 came with a sweeping "white smile" treatment on the nose - a unique scheme confined to a unique locomotive model. (Only Conrail
"The different paint job was done to make sure both the train crews and repair forces knew the locomotives were different," explains Samuels, who was vice president of mechanical when Conrail placed the order with EMD.