Western Maryland: Here Comes The Circus

The "excitement" level around the Western Maryland grew expotentionally with the arrival of the railroad's new "Circus Colors" paint scheme in June 1969. Here are some incidental facts you may not have known:
  • EMD-built SD40 #7445 was the first to be painted in the red/white/black
  • Alco-built FA2 #304 was the only non-EMD unit to receive the circus colors
  • EMD-built F7B #408 was the only B-unit to get circus treatment
  • The last loco wearing circus colors was GP40 #6573
  • ** According to WM shop documents, the red/white/black scheme was known as "RailBlazers"
(WM GP35 #3578 leads a freight manifest at Bellevue, Ohio on 30 March 1970 -- R. Craig photo)

XXXX A Photo Review

The Circus Fleet

GP7 20 at Hagerstown, MD om 21 August 1973

Michael Woodruff photo

GP9 29 at Amarillo. TX on 4 March 1973

Craig Walker photo

F7A 53 on 13 May 1972

R. Craig photo

FA2 304 at Hagerstown, MD on 5 April 1970

Bob Wilt photo

F7B 408 at Hagerstown, MD on 29 December 1970

Marty Bernard photo

GP35 3580 at Melvindale, MI on 6 April 1977

R. Craig photo

GP40 3796 at Gates, NY on 15 May 1979

Mike Stellpflug

SD35 7435 at Hagerstown, MD on 11 Novenber 1975

Michael Woodruff photo

SD40 7448 at Hagertown, MD on 22 April 1972

R. Craig photo


Format by: R.Craig New: 1 August 2018
Reference sources:
  • Western Maryland Diesels by Richard W. Jahn and John D.L. Johnson
  • ** Western Maryland Diesel Locomotives by Patrick H. & Patrick E. Stakem
  • "Extra 2200 South" (Jan./Feb. 1973)

    "RRpicturesarchive.net" and "Flickr.com" websites were helpful here in identifying potential photographers and related images. We extend our thanks to these valuable resources. Thanks also to Michael Richmond who was very helpful in identifying and gaining permission to use some of the above photos.

  • Additional contributors include: R. Craig, Lloyd Judd, Don Richards, Ray Sabo and Bob Wilt

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