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First clockwork orange was wound down, then fruit salad went off and bumble bee took flight, now corn cob is to be shucked.
New Zealand's ageing rail locomotives will get another facelift and a new coat of paint when the Government buys them back at the end of the month.
While workers would probably prefer new trains, they will have to repaint the old ones for a sixth time, to reflect a change of direction or ownership of the business.
But they are betting the new look under Government ownership will not be the green and yellow paint job of the current owner, Toll Holdings of Australia.
The new name of the business and its corporate colours have been decided but are a closely held secret ahead of an unveiling.
However, don't expect black with a silver fern - it wouldn't be visible enough at rail crossings.
Those planning the new livery are trying to line up examples of all the corporate colours that have adorned the locomotive fleet.
Because not all locomotives were repainted each time a change was decided on, examples of all the corporate liveries are still in use.
For the full article, with a summary of former colour schemes, go to:
The New Zealand Herald
Thursday June 12, 2008
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