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Ztrack Magazine March / April 2021
In this issue
Z Scale Turnout Guide, Is it Time to Make the Switch, Märklin’s 2021 New Items, AZL releases ATSF Super Chief sets, AZL announces EMD F7 roadnames, Archistories releases a Dutch windmill, Textured paint ballast option, 1917 8000 gallon tank cars released, Soviet Alco RS versions and so much more!
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Trackside Perspective, May 14, 2021
What is with the War Bonnet?
I have to ask, what is with the ATSF silver and red “War Bonnet” paint scheme that drive us model train fans crazy? When AZL released their silver and red “War Bonnet” EMD F7s, the first run sold out within hours. It has already prompted AZL to commission a second run to meet the demand.
This scheme is by far the most iconic paint scheme in the real world of railroads. Anyone interested in trains knows this paint scheme. It may be the most duplicated color palette in model railroading. For many us, we were not around when these silver streaks would cross the US lead by the red nose locomotives. This does not mean these trains don’t still spark our interest.
When I was a young boy, the ATSF was still very much running strong. But it wasn’t the red and yellow “War Bonnet” that fascinated me. It was that “bluebonnet” that captured my attention. It was my first Tyco HO locomotive and came in the blue and yellow color scheme. I loved that contrast between the colors. Even today, I still love that look, even though my interests have shifted more to the east coat... Subscribe today for the rest, don't miss an issue!
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