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Cotton Belt FTA/B

Contrary to the Microscale decal sheet for these units; they were delivered in Confederate (light) grey and Armour Yellow, separated by red pinstriping. This scheme was based on a Louisville & Nashville example, and is a fairly standard EMD Style.


  • Microscale:
    • 87-11 for lettering
    • 87-177 for Blood Noses
    • 87-201 for Black Widows
    • 87-992 for Confederate Gray and Yellow


Cotton Belt FTB's had 5 portholes, both had the side numberboxes.

  • Z Scale:
    • Märklin F7
    • Micro-Trains
  • N Scale:
    • Intermountain has released an FTA/B
    • Micro-Trains has released an FTA/B
  • HO Scale:
    • Bachmann
    • Stewart
  • O Scale:
    • Atlas? did once make an FT


  • Kalmbach's Cyc. Vol. 2 page 89 - FTA and FTB plans.
  • Model Railroader, April 1975 page 48 - FTA and FTB plans.
    • plus an old HO Scale kitbash that really isn't needed anymore, but may be useful in other scales,
  • Railroad Model Craftsman, February 1963 page 34 - FTA and FTB plans.
  • Railroad Model Craftsman, June 1972, - article entitled "St. Louis-Southwestern" by Jim Boyd, FT photo's

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