Re: Color for Structural Steel Loads


To some extent it depends on manufacturer.  American Bridge painted everything a bright orange.  J&L painted it black.  These are the two I am currently modeling and have researched loads from the early 50's to get the color and logos correct.  Other products such as pipe from McKeesport Tube works of US Steel were black.  Christy works were gray (mostly bomb casings for DOD).  Plate steel tended to be raw steel.

Rich Orr

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From: webotkin@... [STMFC]
Sent: Wed, Jul 13, 2016 3:02 pm
Subject: [STMFC] Color for Structural Steel Loads

I am building some structural steel loads for flat cars and gons for my 1950's ear railroad.  Modern loads of structural steel, such as I-beams and H-columns, have a dark bluish-gray color with some evidence of rust on the ends and edges.  However, I have not been able to find photos of similar loads from the 1950's era and wondered if the steel loads from that era basically looked the same as modern-day steel or is modern structural steel treated somehow that results in the dark bluish-gray color?


Bill Botkin
Centennial, CO

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