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Union Pacific's Two-Tone Gray 4-8-4 Northerns

This page was last updated on January 16, 2012.

All of UP's FEF class 4-8-4 Northern locomotives received the two-tone gray paint scheme between 1946 and the mid 1950s. The road numbers of the three classes were as follows:

Dick Harley wrote this summary for the use of Two-Tone Gray on UP's FEF class 4-8-4s:

After completing extensive photo research, on May 17, 2007, Dick Harley wrote this summary of UP's FEF 4-8-4s with TTG and wind wings (smoke lifters):

Below is an incomplete list based on photographic research:

Road
Number
Striping
Color
Smoke
Wings
Photo
Date
Source
(see below)
Location/Train
UP 801   - 20 Jul 1948 (7) p. 20 Denver/Train 9
UP 801   - Jun 1951 (15) back plate Near Boise, Idaho/Train 26
UP 804 silver gray -   (14) p. 18 Henderson, Colorado.
UP 805   - 1946 (15) p. 92 Los Angeles
UP 805 silver gray - 4 Feb 1950 (10) p. 27 Council Bluffs (silver gray stripes, yellow lettering)
UP 806 yellow   17 Jun 1947 (11) Denver/City of St. Louis Train No. 9
UP 806     2 Sep 1946 (6) Boise, Idaho
UP 807   - 17 Apr 1948 (3) p. 85 Granite Canon, Wyoming.
UP 807   - 5 Jan 1951 (4) p. 34 near Boise, Idaho/Train 18, Portland Rose
UP 808   - 25 Jun 1950 (5) p. 52 Granite Canon, Wyoming/Utahan
UP 811   - 13 Aug 1949 (5) p. 54 Sherman, Wyoming/Gold Coast
UP 811 silver gray -   (14) p. 18 Denver
UP 812   - 15 Aug 1948 (5) p. 54 Red Buttes, Wyoming/San Francisco Overland
UP 813 silver gray - 25 Mar 1950 (10) p. 72 Valley, Nebraska. ("freshy repainted")
UP 813   - 25 Jun 1950 (5) p. 52 Granite Canon, Wyoming/Utahan
UP 813   - 8 Dec 1951 (3) p. 162 Hugo, Colorado/Pony Express
UP 813   -   (15) p. 112 Sherman Hill/Train 24, Gold Coast
UP 814   - Nov 1947 (15) p. 97 Cajon Pass
UP 815   - 23 Apr 1950 (5) p. 50 Sherman, Wyoming/Utahan
UP 816   - 27 Sep 1947 (8) p. 28 Cheyenne
UP 816   - 21 Oct 1949 (1) p. 52 Otto, Wyoming/Train 27, San Francisco Overland
UP 816   - 15 Jul 1950 (15) p. 111 Hermosa, Wyoming/Train 4, Utahan
UP 816   - 8 Dec 1951 (3) p. 176 Hugo, Colorado.
UP 819   - 2 Aug 1947 (12) p. 86 Buford, Wyoming/Train 105, City of Portland (helper)
UP 820   - 28 Sep 1947 (15) p. 109 Cajon Pass/ Train 201
UP 820   - 25 Jun 1949 (1) p. 64 Sherman, Wyoming/Train 2, Los Angeles Limited
UP 821   - 1946 (15) p. 92 East Los Angeles
UP 821   - 27 Aug 1946 (16) p. 101 Ogden, Utah/Train 1, Los Angeles Limited
UP 821   - 2 Aug 1947 (3) p. 86 Sherman, Wyoming/Utahn
UP 821 silver gray X 11 Nov 1951 (10 p. 130 Sherman, Wyoming/City of San Francisco (helper)
UP 823   - 13 Aug 1949 (5) p. 54 Sherman, Wyoming/Gold Coast
UP 823 silver gray X   (14) p. 20 Denver
UP 830   - 30 Sep 1947 (15) p. 118 Los Angeles/ Train 4, Utahan
UP 831   - 21 Sep 1946 (16) p. 105 Ogden, Utah
UP 832   - 21 Oct 1949 (1) p. 54 Granite, Wyoming/Train 105, City of Portland (helper)
UP 834   - 1950 (3) p. 110 Rawlins, Wyoming.
UP 835 silver gray X 9 Feb 1952 (10) p. 61 Omaha
UP 835 silver gray X Jun 1952 (10) p. 124 Otto, Wyoming/Idahoan
UP 836   X Winter 1946 (15) p. 106 Pocatello, Idaho/Train 17, Portland Rose
UP 836   X Jun 1946 (15) p. 108 Victorville, California/Transcon
UP 837   X   (15) p. 80  
UP 839   X 10 Oct 1946 (13) p. 34 Uintah, Utah/Train 2, Los Angeles Limited
UP 840   X 4 Sep 1947 (16) p. 107 Salt Lake City/ Train 38, Pony Express
UP 840 silver gray X 1950 (14) p. 7 Green River, Wyo/Train 28
UP 840   X 15 Jul 1950 (15) p. 101 Hermosa, Wyoming/Train 28, San Francisco Limited
UP 841   X 2 Sep 1946 (5) p. 51 Sherman, Wyoming.
UP 841   X Jun 1947 (15) p. 105 Omaha
UP 841   X 2 Aug 1947 (12) p. 87 Train 103, City of Los Angeles (helper)
UP 842   X 26 Jul 1948 (4) p. 115 La Grande, Oregon.
UP 842   X Jul 1952 (1) p. 115 East of Green River, Wyoming.
UP 843   X   (15) p. 92  
UP 844   X Nov 1947 (15) p. 97 Cajon Pass
UP 844   X 9 Jun 1952 (9) p. 20,21 Archer, Wyoming/Train 24, Gold Coast
UP 844   X 9 Apr 1954 (9) p. 19 Cheyenne/Train 5
??   X 1946 (2) p.128 Green River, Wyoming/Transcon
??   - 1949 (2) p. 201 Boise Cutoff/Idahoan
??   - 25 Jun 1949 (5) p. 53 Sherman Hill/Utahan
??   - Jun 1949 (15) p. 115 Sherman Hill/Train 2, Los Angeles Limited

Notes:

a. Striping color is shown when source photograph is in color; all other photographs are black & white, with the striping color being difficult to determine.

Photo sources:

1. Drury, George. Union Pacific Across Sherman Hill (Kalmbach, 2000)
2. Kratville, Wm. Golden Rails (Kratville Publications, 1965)
3. Ehernberger, James L. and Francis G. Gschwind. Union Pacific Steam, Eastern District (E&G Publications, 1975)
4. Ehernberger, James L. and Francis G. Gschwind. Union Pacific Steam, Northwestern District (E&G Publications, 1977)
5. Ehernberger, James L. and Francis G. Gschwind. Sherman Hill (E&G Publications, 1973)
6. Grenard, Ross B. "Greyhounds of the Overland Trail" Railfan & Railroad, January 1988, Volume 7, Number 1, pages 48-53
7. Grenard, Ross, and John Krause. The Overland Route (Carstens Publications, no date)
8. Schumacher, David. The "Overland" Union Pacific Overland, Service Cars and Their Paint Schemes". Prototype Modeler, Volume 4, Number 1, August 1980, page 24.
9. Olmstead, Robert. The Big Guys (Robert P. Olmstead, 1998)
10. Pfeifer, Jack. West From Omaha (Pacific Fast Mail, 1990)
11. Vanishing Vistas postcard
12. Metcalfe, Terry. Union Pacific Modeler, Volume Four (Metcalfe Publications, 1998)
13. Stagner, Lloyd. Union Pacific Motive Power In Transition (South Platte Press, 1993)
14. Austin, Ed. Union Pacific Diesels In Color (Morning Sun, 2003)
15. Kratville, William. The Mighty 800 (Kratville Publications, 1967)
16. Watson, James. Union Pacific Small Steam Power (Motive Power Services, 1985)

Sources without Two-Tone Gray Northern photos:

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