GN 400 Repainting
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Photos and text courtesy of Ron Erickson.

November 26, 2006

Great Northern 400, Hustle Muscle, GNRHS' SD45 Diesel
Electric Locomotive has been repainted in GN's "Simplified
orange and green color scheme.

The painting was done by
Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co.
at their paint facility in Horicon, Wisconsin.

Fund raising has been going on for the past 2 years to
cover the cost of painting the locomotive, liability
insurance during the move and transportation costs.

After more than 18 years since its last painting, from
BN colors back to its original 1966 GN colors, it was
time to act to preserve our historic locomotive. A substantial

additional cost was incurred for body metal work
needed after sand blasting as a result of rust and corrosion.

GN 400 was taken out of
Jackson Street Roundhouse in St. Paul
on September 25th, 2006. The BNSF moved it to CPR's yard in
St. Paul, CPR moved it "Dead-in-Train" to Milwaukee and the
Wisconsin & Southern) moved it to their paint shop in

After being degreased and pressure washed, it was sandblasted,
primed and painted using DuPont IMRON Epoxy paint. The
actual painting was done November 1st through November 10th.

Specifications for this repainting were in accordance with
Great Northern's original "Styling and Painting" drawing
used by EMD when 400 was first painted in La Grange when
it was new in 1966.

On November 16th, WSOR moved 400 "Dead-in-Train" back" to
Milwaukee then CPR to St. Paul and BNSF to Jackson Street
Roundhouse, arriving late November 20th.

GN 400 is kept in a stall inside the Roundhouse where it
is on display at the Minnesota Transportation Museum there.

Thanks to Jim Chinquist for these additional photos of the
freshly-repainted GN 400 taken November 25, 2006 at
Jackson Street Roundhouse in Saint Paul.