In 2005, Union Pacific Railroad began painting several brand-new EMD SD70ACes in a series of "Heritage" paint schemes, paying homage to several of UP's major acquisitions since 1980. There was considerable railfan buzz about this new program, though some were disappointed that the units did not carry "authentic" paint schemes from the railroads – UP's designers came up with stylized paint schemes that utilized colors and elements from different eras on those railroads.
UP selected Wisconsin & Southern's Horicon paint shop to do the work. Horicon had painted several items for UP in the past, including the 2002 Olympic Train, and they have a reputation for high-quality, long-lasting work, so the choice was natural. The Chicago & North Western heritage unit, UP 1995 – like "Missouri Pacific" 1982, "Western Pacific" 1983, and "Rio Grande" 1989 – left Horicon veiled in secrecy and wrapped in tarps, bound for Proviso Yard near Chicago. The unit was untarped at Proviso, and moved to Ogilvie Transportation Center (aka "North Western Station") the morning of July 15, 2006, for the unveiling festivities.
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