My thinkings regarding pressing locos into service whilst they await a splash of paint is that that s exactly the difference in all reality. Whos kidding whom. Once they aere good to go , and earn a dollar thats exactly what they ought to be doing, not waiting for a lick and a promise of "newness" . If it were my business id want them plying theri worth adn getting some make-up second.
Its a railway...not a fashion parade. its all well and good to present a company image but whats going to imnpress a business partner more... that your logistics is concerned with getting someting done...lor looking like it is ?
The average Joe Public couldnt give a fig...a train's a train. The typical customer only wants his goods moved in a timely manner. he wont care how your loco is dressed.
Mutton dressed up as lamb is still mutton. Handy, strong and servicable mutton but still mutton. Youre not fooling anyone. Theyre stop gap locos. They might end up hanging around for a while but youd save youre real song and dance for the real NEW locos ..all shiny and squeeky clean, resplendent in company garb etc.
Every day theyre not earning money theyre costing you money.
Business is business.
just my 5c
I partly agree with you in getting them to work as quickly as possible with probably a few niceities for latter, but think of it this way. PNT's locos were usually covered in black grime to the point that the loco numbers were barely visible. QR's locos are usually resonably clean and I've heard a union rep mention unless the cabs were cleaned interally they were not to be used.
Now, who would you rather work for? Someone who by the time you get to your office, you'd sleeve is covered in soot and just doing your basic checks leaves you looking like you worked in a coal mine for 12hrs, or one were you can do your checks or what ever wearing gloves but without fear looking like darker than midnight? Same goes with the guys who maintain them and the people on the street perception of rail supposed to be environmentally friendly yet the loco looks like a mobile oil spill!
As I said I worked for a Manager who applied the NYC subway fix broken windows model and leave the way you want to find it at work a few years back, all I can say it works.