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FCCorp.US Paint Evolution on the ACE-3000's

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Published: April 30, 2015
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Freedom Central started as a 4.5 mile shortline and as a result didn't spend much time developing standards for future use. By the time the first of the ACE-3000 series engines arrived on the property, it was obvious that FCR was a railroad to deal with when it came to steam and technology. The first paint placed on the unit was just an  FCR-colors version of the original Arcade & Attica paint that was on it at the completion of the hostile takeover.

The "BlueBonnet" design was the result of FCR's acquisition of a couple rebuilt SD-45E's (SD-40's rebuilt with 710, 3,500hp diesel engines). This design was applied to the SD-45E's and the ACE-3000 before being discarded in favor of a return to the original design, updated with the "New Age" Freedom<keystone>Central lettering.

One final major change was the shift to the new "New Age, Family" design. This design is common across all of the different roads that make up the parent corporation, with just the colors shifting to those road's heritage colors.

A further modification was done to upgrade the design to the new "LibertyStripes" design which has been applied to many diesels including the road's non-heritage GE Centercab engines. This includes a set of "TigerStripes" up front with the road's logo on the point as well. The A&A's diesel came from GE with a stock paintscheme using the railroad's black & orange colors. Freedom Central modified that scheme with it's own colors to generate its own design. With the development of the TigerStripes II scheme, Freedom Central adopted that for its road units as well.
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