Kato is teasing the release of their N scale SD70ACe in Union Pacific’s special tribute to the armed forces paint scheme called “The Spirit”. This unique paint scheme pay homage to all the different branches of the U.S. military:
The backstory is a neat one (from the Union Pacific Press Release):
UP No.1943 spotlights Union Pacific’s relationship with thousands of veterans who helped build America after defending the United States – a tradition dating back to the company’s founding. Created in collaboration with Union Pacific veterans, the locomotive name is connected to a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress funded by war bond contributions from Union Pacific employees in 1943. The plane was christened The Spirit of the Union Pacific and assigned to the 571st Bomber Squadron. The Spirit of the Union Pacific was shot down on its fifth mission during a raid on enemy installations in Munster, Germany.
“Union Pacific is proud to honor veterans and the men and women bravely serving our country with a special locomotive representing every armed forces branch reflected in its symbolic design,” said Scott Moore, senior vice president – Corporate Relations. “Beginning today, UP No. 1943 The Spirit’s mission is to salute them as it leads trains carrying America’s goods across our network every day.”
The Spirit’s front is symbolic of Air Force Silver, and the blue stripe is a reflection of the former Strategic Air Command’s “nose sash.” The lettering inside the sash is the original hand-drawn font used on the B-17. It is followed by the Coast Guard’s “Racing Stripe” and the Navy’s Battleship Gray, which frames Union Pacific’s traditional American flag. The military camouflage is a nod to the Army and Marines.
Kato’s model will officially be introduced in a few months and available later this year.