The History Center is happy to announce that its two Fairmont rail motorcars have been painted and are now back on display in the outdoor train exhibit. The two gasoline powered track maintenance-of-way cars have been restored to their previous paint jobs, one sporting the green and white Texas Southeastern Railroad livery and one in red, white, and blue, originally painted in 1976 as the TSE’s contribution to the nation’s bicentennial celebration. In a 2000 interview, former TSE General Manager George Honea quipped that the TSE was just as patriotic as the other railway companies that were repainting their locomotives in Old Glory’s colors, but it’s budget wasn’t as large, so they painted a motorcar instead.
The History Center thanks the Keeler Family, and the T.L.L. Temple Foundation for generously funding this project.