The Milwaukee/Bessemer paint comparison brings something to mind-when my dad worked for the URR there was a thing they did in the early 2000s called "safety points". I forget exactly how it worked but I think however long you went without time lost for an accident you got points that could be cashed in on "prizes". They had golf balls hats polo shirts with the USX/Transtar roads logos on them. They had the BLE and URR books by Morning Sun as well. The most unique items available were custom train sets done by Athearn. There were 2 sets, 1 URR 1 BLE. The BLE set consisted of a locomotive 2 hoppers and a caboose. The locomotive was a SD40-2 B&LE #894 which was basically a repainted MILW unit with the Bessemer logo on both cab sides and the nose. The numbering font looks like a combination between the traditional numbers and what the 900s wore. The hoppers were the 65000 series but were offset side hoppers and a bay window caboose # 2002. This was long before Athearn came out with any of their commercially available Bessemer stuff. Below is a photo of MILW SD40-2 #23. Picture this unit without MILW lettering and BLE logos and numbers on it.
Im planning on posting photos of that custom stock Athearn stuff on the proboards site in the upcoming days/weeks.
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