Re: Impression from the Albrecht photos

CJ Riley

While not directly related to freight cars, I have a cautionary tale. In 1962 I spent a summer at Levinson Steel (working in the old Pressed Steel Car plant in McKee's Rocks PA) painting the plate girders and a few trusses for bridges on the new I-70 through Ohio. A more highly paid man sprayed the steel components, but to comply with the specs, we lowly painters brushed out the sprayed paint. Evidently, the state was concerned about the spray reaching into the nooks and crannies for a proper finish.
The Levinson method allowed for the economy of paint while leaving brush marks to satisfy state inspectors.

CJ Riley
Bainbridge Island WA

From: Richard Hendrickson
To: "STMFC@..." <STMFC@...>
Sent: Saturday, January 18, 2014 5:41 PM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Impression from the Albrecht photos

On Jan 18, 2014, at 5:30 PM, Tony Thompson <tony@...> wrote:

          Spraying was not common before World War II, as I understand it, but became commonplace after the war. I have that impression from, again, Railway Age, but if anyone can put more specific dates to this, I would be interested to see them.

The Santa Fe adopted spray painting for its freight cars at least as early as the early ‘30s, and this made possible the application of the bold slogan-and-map lettering schemes starting in 1940.  Railway Age (and the Car Builders’ Cyclopedia) had a feature article showing spray painting equipment in use in the Topeka car shops.  The Santa Fe was evidently slightly ahead of the curve in adopting spray painting, but other railroads must have quickly followed suit, as the slogan lettering schemes adopted by Union Pacific. Burlington, Chicago & Northwestern, etc. obviously required spray painting; applying stencil paste to those very large stencils by hand would have been much too time and labor intensive.

Richard Hendrickson

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