Kansas City Southern had asked me to keep it confidential and so I left the house at 5:00am on Veteran’s Day and drove to Shreveport to photograph their repaint of SD70ACe #4006 into a veterans commemorative scheme.
The locomotive was painted (not wrapped) by one man in three weeks and had not emerged from the paint booth since its completion so photos would not be leaked before this event.
Before noon in a light rain the unit was posed for me to take the first official photograph and then to capture it with a group of KCS employee veterans.
Within an hour the two main photos were sent out in a KCS Railway press release. I have seen a lot of negative comments on Facebook about the paint scheme, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I like it and point out it was done only to honor the KCS employee veterans. Those on hand were very pleased with it, and to me that is what counts. I was proud to have been asked to take the first photos!