Bicentennial Colors

Bicentennial Paint Scheme for the ARR

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1776 #2FP7 1510 in bicentennial colors in observance of the nation's 200th anniversary.  The 50 star red, white an blue scheme was designed by Chester J. Mack, an industrial engineer from Yorba Lina, California.  The train was initially put on the daily Anchorage to Fairbanks passenger train.  A special effort was made to keep it clean.


Locomotive #1510 in Bicentenial Paint. Photo taken in Anchorage on November 10, 1976.
1510 #1
     Locomotive #1510 in Bicentenial Paint. Photo taken in Anchorage in August 1976.
1510 #2
Locomotive #1512 in Bicentenial Paint. Photo taken in Anchorage, date unknown.
1512 #1
Caboose 1776 
1776 #1

Bell This is the liberty bell emblem that adorned the right side of the bicentennial FP-7's
Fife The fife and drum corp emblem that adorned the left side of the bicentennial FP-7's
Eskimo This is the Eskimo image that was on one side of the bicentennial caboose
Bear This is the polar bear emblem which was on the other side of the bicentennial caboose


Here is an article on the bicentennial caboose

Additional photos

This photo shows the nose details on the original single headlight bicentennial FP-7 scheme. Note the large DOT herald ringed with stars and the large nose numbers.

This picture shows the 1510 after being equipped with two headlights. The nose number is smaller. The DOT logo is smaller and is not encircled with stars. Also note that the horn has been relocated from above the cab to about where the first radiator fan (which was removed) would have been. I don't know the year that the double headlights were installed. I want to say 1978, but I'm not certain. The 1517 had received the new "bold Alaska" scheme which dates this picture to 1982. Note that the Liberty Bell emblem still survives on the 1510 at this late date. However, some of the stars in the blue stripe along the underframe have disappeared. My recollection is that the bicentennial emblems were long gone by this date on the 1512 and the fife and drum corp emblem on the other side of the 1510 may have also been gone by this time. I will have to search through my photos to verify. Also note in the picture that this is a mixed train. This was the typical mixed train consist of one baggage car, coach, lunch counter or diner, and a coach to which 5-10 freight cars would be attached. These trains typically ran in the winter (bi-weekly) and in the early and late tourist season (May and September). Based on the green surroundings I would guess this right after labor day in September. Also note the 1510 still retained its full side skirting in 1982.

Attached here is another photo of the other side of the 1510. It was taken one or two years earlier (the 1517 has not been repainted into the "bold Alaska" scheme). Note that the fife and drum corp emblem is gone. The horn is also still above the cab, but the double headlights have been installed.

Here is a roof top shot of 1510 showing the details and the tan painting of the fans and other details on the roof. Note the unique to ARR steam generator housing. This housing appeared on all five steam generator equipped F's (1510, 1512, 1514, 1509, 1517). Also note the first radiator fan has been removed. This was the case on all the original ARR F's and GP-7's. The first fan was either removed entirely (all rebuilt GP-7's and some F's) or the fan housing was covered with sheet metal. The piping for cooling the air compressor air on the roof was present only on the second order of ARR F units (1506, 1507, 1508, 1510, 1512, and 1514).

Bicentennial locomotives at Garner Tunnel (1977)

Bicentennial unit in the lead of a passenger train (1976)

Bicentennial F7A #1512 pulls a passenger train (1977)

Bicentennial units 1510 & 1512 in Anchorage (1981)

Bicentennial 1512 at the Anchorage Depot (1981)

Ken Brovald's photos (1976)

Curt Fortenberry's photo (1986)

Deane Motis' photo (1978)

Two of the bicentennial caboose (in Anchorage, builder's photo)

A rare view of both locomotives together on January 1, 1976. They were usually assigned individually to the alternating train sets on daily passenger service between Anchorage and Fairbanks.

Here is the Chester Mack paint scheme data card. Note that it is based on an F7 data card not an FP7 which is 4 feet longer. From the nose to the back there should be 25 stars on each side representing a total of 50 states. The round emblem placards on the sides of the nose were removed after the first year. Click here for a larger view. Photo courtesy of the Anchorage Museum of History and Art. BL79.2.5612

Dennis Kupetz's photo of 1512 at the Anchorage yard, 9/28/79

Unknown photographer photo of 1510

Keith Bucks photo of two units

Jonathan Fischer's photos of #1512

1512 & 1510

Photo courtsey of Sterling Stewart, Anchorage, 4-19-81