Burlington Northern #9984 @ Westmont, IL on 3 September 1971
BN 9984 photo here
The Burlington Northern merger had been brewing for many years prior to the official start-up date of 2 March 1970. One of the details not totally worked out was corporate identity and colors for motive power. It was especially true of the many ex-CB&Q E-units assigned to the western suburb commuter pool; a number of which received experimental paint schemes. For example, #9947, 9975, 9983 and 9984 received an aluminum-colored cab with black and white alternating nose stripes. The #9984, which was ex-CB&Q E9A #9989, is pictured here pulling a short Chicago bound train early on a Labor Day weekend. Rebuilt in 1973, it became BN/WSNTD E9Au 9914. (R. Craig photo)

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