Patriotic locomotive sighted passing Mena Depot
By Jeri Pearson
A sighting of American Patriotism was captured by 13 year-old Frank Wallace Booher Monday evening.
As he was traveling through downtown Mena, he saw a Kansas City Southern locomotive passing the depot and captured the moment.
According to a KCS, the locomotive was painted depicting an American flag in observation of U.S. Veterans Day and unvieled in 2018 in Shreveport, La.
The No. 4006 is a 2005 EMD SD70ACE maintained in the Shreveport KCS Locomotive Shop.
At the locomotive’s unveiling, KCS hosted a photo shoot with the locomotive and its Shreveport-based military active duty and veteran employees.
“With the painting of KCS 4006, we wanted to demonstrate our patriotism for our country and our pride in U.S. military activity duty and veteran employees, past and present, who are a part of the KCS family,” said KCS Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey M. Songer.
The idea for this locomotive came from KCS Assistant Vice President of locomotive operations Chris Mitchell, who worked with contractor Jerry Barton to paint the locomotive. In recent years, Mitchell and Barton have been involved in converting the KCS locomotive fleet from its previous grey paint scheme to the current red, yellow, and black, heritage paint scheme.
“The values and work ethic of military active duty and veteran workers align very well with KCS and the railroad industry in general,” says KCS Senior Vice President of human resources Lora Cheatum. “We salute these important workers on Veterans Day and actively recruit them into our workforce all year round.”