SPEEDING TOWARD TULSA
Forty years ago today, November 21, 1980 America lost the St. Louis-San Francisco in a merger with the Burlington Northern. Also known as the Frisco, my dad and I chased its trains several times in the late 70’s, and photographed the engine terminals and yards in and around Kansas City and Tulsa. The original colors on its road diesels was black and a golden yellow, but in the mid-60’s mandarin orange and white was the color of choice. Here on 08-26-1980 a freight at speed has just passed by Sapulpa towards its target of Cherokee Yard in Tulsa. Lead unit is a EMD GP35 with roof air tanks built in March of 1964. Renumbered to BN 2559 she was retired during the late 1980’s.