Final F40PH in RTA Baby Blue paint scheme!

In 1973, the Regional Transportation Authority was formed to fund Chicago’s commuter operations, but it was not until 1977 that the first new locomotives were ordered-16 F40PH’s for the Rock Island. Three more sets of these units would be ordered through 1983 for use on the C&NW and Milwaukee Road lines. All came painted in a striking light blue body with brown and salmon stripes. In 1985, the affiliate assumed the name of Metra and the units began to receive the dark blue scheme with red trim.

In 1995, while filming Metra commuter trains at Dee Road in Park Ridge, I caught what was possibly the final F40PH in the RTA baby blue paint scheme! F40PH #165 did the honors.



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