While most patch jobs involve just slapping on a new number on the cab and number boards (and a shield on the nose), some patch jobs are a bit more unique. UP 6361 is one such example. Note that "Union Pacific" (in red) has completely replaced the fly-lettered "Southern Pacific" on the long hood. On a side note, you may have wondered why UP bothered replacing the white frame stripe on Espee units with a yellow one. In 2005, the Federal Railroad Administration concluded that yellow "retroreflectorive sheeting" is the easiest to see. Consequently, the FRA ruled that all locomotives had to have yellow striping (or, in some cases, white) applied by May 31, 2010. This was done for safety reasons. That is why UP frame stripes changed from red to yellow, as well.
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Posted By Jim Griffin On Tuesday, February 3, 2015 At 12:34:49 PM (PT)
I'm going to speculate that the hood had gotten scorched in a GE Blowtorch Event. I see that the rest of the paint around that is also new(er). But still-- it is SO weird to see that UP lettering there, especially right on the gray background. This is one *strange*-looking locomotive!