Painting and Lettering
All 200-class F-7's except units 269 through 280 were delivered
from EMD in the "catwhisker" paint scheme. The creamy yellow paint
was specified for use on all units built through February 1951.
Units 269 through 280 and the F-9's were delivered in the "cigar
band" paint scheme as shown on the styling diagram
Refer to the Painting and Lettering
discussion for additional painting notes. To correctly paint and
letter the latter units, refer to the F-7A and B styling diagrams.
All 200-class units carrying the "catwhisker" scheme also received
the latter version of the nose emblem.
The best date for Santa Fe's change over to the "cigar band" paint
scheme is 1952. Santa Fe painting documents list several revisions
beginning in 1951, It is possible the solid blue paint with the
"cigar band" was, in fact, considered as a replacement for the "catwhisker."
One of the major differences in painting a 200-class unit as compared
to an FT is the extension of the yellow stripes around the ends
of the carbodies. On all F-3's, F-7's and F-9's the yellow stripes
at the top and bottom extended for about five inches on the rear
end of the A-unit (obviously on both ends of the boosters). This
applies to both paint schemes even though it is not clearly apparent
on the styling diagram. Stewart's F-3A model is correctly painted
in this manner. Ft's did not have the wrap-around stripes due to
mechanical differences in the carbody and end. Stainless steel air
grilles were unpainted.
On units originally delivered by EMD, the ends were painted standard
dark blue but on later repaints, the Santa Fe specified the ends
to be black (1954). At this time, the roofs of the units were also
changed from black to blue.
Again, the styling drawings show the changeover from the "catwhisker"
to the "cigar band" as being October 1953. Since there had been
no deliveries of F-7's since September 1951, it is reasonable to
assume the Santa Fe made the change in its own paint shops between
"Santa Fe" lettering on booster units dose not appear in the "catwhisker"
paint scheme. This lettering was added in the "cigar band" design.
Silver paint above the side cab steps appears to be present on
It is reasonable to assume the small 'L' and 'C' designators below
the nose herald rarely appeared on locomotives wearing the "catwhisker"
paint. In the "cigar band" scheme however, they appeared consistently.
Decals for the "cigar band" paint scheme are available from either
Champ or Microscale as shown on the styling diagram. -Jay Miller
As built, all Santa Fe F-units (both A and B units) were equipped
with diaphragms. They were removed from most surviving units in
their later years. Construction of model diaphragms is relatively
easy with folded paper and a styrene striker plate. Commercially
available detail parts from Walthers also work well. Refer to published
drawings (or the styling diagrams) for the striker plate design
however. Photos of the locomotive you are modeling should be used
for reference in order to accurately detail that particular unit
at any given point in its career. -Lee Berglund
Pilots, MU Doors and other Details
Two rather distinctive pilots are present on 200-class units.
Both the Athearn and Stewart models are equipped with what have
become known as "passenger pilots" identified by a "notch" step
on both sides.
A "freight pilot" was delivered on all FT units. It differed in
that a small step was mounted outboard on each side above the rail
and the pilot had no "notch." Some units of the 200-class were equipped
with "passenger pilots." Among them was one unit of the 200 set-
the other 200 had a freight pilot! Others spotted include 210, 212,
220, 222, 225, 227, 237 and 245. Check photographs for specific
units you are modeling! Things tended to change as the years went
by. -John Moore