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Oregon Trunk Railfan
A while ago, someone asked if the BNSF 7695 still wears a yellow logo. Once the answer was given, someone else responded....

Don't expect it to be repainted, either. The Barfbonnet, Great Pumpkin, and Pill engines are all still running around too, after 15 years!

This got me thinking about what the Pill and Great Pumpkin paint schemes were. Here are the unique BNSF paint schemes I know of, what makes them unique, and the only nicknames that I know:

BNSF C44-9W 1050: H1 paint with yellow H2 "BNSF" on both sides of the hood. My photo
BNSF SD70MAC 9647: Experimental Cream and Green Warbonnet, aka "Vomit Bonnet" and "Barfbonnet". Photo on Trainpix
BNSF ES44DC 7695: Experimental Black and Orange with Yellow logo. Led to the creation of H3, or as I call it, the "Speed Lettering". Photo on Trainpix
BNSF SD60M 8197: Former BNSF 9297. Experimental Green and Orange with different pin striping on each side. Led to the creation of H1 paint. Engineer's side on locophotos Conductor's side on locophotos
BNSF GP39Es 2911 & 2931: BN Green and Black, with large white "BNSF" on the sides of the hood, round BNSF logo on the nose, and cab numbers in white ovals. 2931's "BNSF" is at the rear of the hood, and 2911's "BNSF" is centered. Other than that difference they are the same, so the scheme counts as one to me. Not a standard sublettering. 2931 on Trainpix 2911 on Trainpix

I know there is an SD60M out there somewhere in BN Green and White with a large white "BNSF" under it's cab windows, but I can't remember the number of it. I'm including that one as I think it is a unique sublettering job. Also, I seem to recall seeing a GP unit in SF Yellowbonnet with a large yellow "BNSF" on the sides of the hood, but can't remember that unit's number either.

I'm wondering which BNSF locomotives are known as "The Pill" and the "Great Pumpkin". Also, if you know of any other unique paint schemes (not the only locomotive of a particular modal to receive a standard BNSF paint scheme), please add them here. I would like to see photos of them if you have them too.

Thanks for any info.



FP Engineer
The pill units are the BNSF GP39Es 2911 & 2931 due to the pill shaped white oval for the cab numbers.
BNSF SD60M 8197/9297 is the "Great Pumpkin".

Pacific Pride #2075 is still wearing the majority of its special paint/decals although, it would be nice to see it cleaned up.


That SD60M with the unigue big patch on the cab is 8135 it also still says Burlington Northern on the engineer side.


Oregon Trunk Railfan
Thanks for the info guys. I just hadn't heard those nicknames before. Do the 1050 and 7695 have nicknames?



I'd like to see a photoshop of an H3 with the orange replaced with cascade green and the black power bar lettering and yellow stripes changed to white. Or, maybe the orange changed to War Bonnet red and the black changed to silver with WB red lettering. Would be neat if BNSF implemented the nice shades of the BN or SF into a new scheme.


Oregon Trunk Railfan
Please don't think bad of me, but I kinda like the barfbonnet. :p

I just updated my counts, and you now bring the grand total of fans that like the vommitbonnet to: Two! :) I think warrenroot likes it, too.

Well, in HO scale I do own the 7695, the 9297, and the 9647. So, yeah, I guess I do kinda like the Vomit Bonnet. I don't know how I would like it if all BNSF units were painted that way, but it does stand out in a crowd.



New Member
Not to mention the MK1200Gs...1200 and 1201 wore Yellowbonnet paint with BNSF lettering (like the BNSF lettered Warbonnets), while 1202 and 1203 wore BNSF H1 with a lighter green lettering than the normal black/dark green. 1200 and 1201 stood out the most, but they all wore a somewhat unique scheme. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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