I'm beginning a project that will include not only my new layout (see discussion in the Layout Design area), but also new locomotives and rolling stock. I've decided to model the railroad that my grandfather worked for, that my father worked for, and that I grew up with a love for. I am, however, a fan of modern big locomotives, and I've decided to take a twist on history. In my world, the Milwaukee Road never went bankrupt. I'm planning to model the MILW as if it were one of the big railroads still running today. As the first part of the project, I (and a friend I'm working with) were kicking around some paint ideas. I'm posting two schemes up here for your opinions. In both schemes the orange is intended to be the classic orange that MILW freight locomotives wore. Lettering on the long hoods is intended to be in a silver/gray. The Milwaukee logo on the cabs will revert to the CMSP&P logo to indicate that the railroad is, after years of shrinking, growing again, while the classic Hiawatha logo will be on the nose of the locos and the long hoods. We're discussing putting "Milwaukee Wings" similar to some Olympian Hiawatha F units on the front of the wide-cab units. Scheme 1: Drawn on an SD90MAC-H The gray part on this loco is intended to be a medium gray similar to the gray worn by some of the MILW passenger F units. The sill is done in all yellow to be the high-reflective material mandated by the FRA (similar to the yellow sills on UP locos). Scheme 2: Drawn on an SD40-2 I eliminated the black separation line between the orange and black/gray and darkened the gray to almost black. The sill got white stripes instead of the solid yellow of scheme 1. Thoughts, criticism, opinions, all are welcome.