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NP had several series of "40ft" RBL
Refrigerator Cars (nominal length) and also numerous series of
similar "50ft" cars. These were delivered in the late 1950's
and early 1960's. Yours is most likely one of the "40ft"
cars, and I summarize the number series for those cars below.
The overall color is nominally the same dark green that Loewy
used on the restyled streamlined North Coast Limited, and the
lettering to the right of the various plug doors would
reference that train - "SCENIC ROUTE OF THE VISTA-DOME
NORTH COAST LIMITED." Apart from the loader information
on the door, noted below, and the NPR monad, the lettering
would be white.
The yellow stripe from my experience scraping dirt off of a
car in the 1980's to reveal the paint is "chrome yellow," the
color of a typical wood pencil of the type we used in school.
After weathering, the green darkens significantly, and the
yellow shifts toward orange.
The circle on the door indicated the type of loader with which
the car was equipped, as noted below.
98500 - 98549 Blt by NP at Brainerd MN 1958 - Pullman Standard
98550 - 98649 Blt by NP at Brainerd MN 1959 - Evans DF-2
98650 - 98699 Blt by NP at Brainerd MN 1960 - Evans DF-2
98700 - 98749 Blt by NP at Brainerd MN 1960 - Car-Pac
I have a photo showing a green NP box car with
yellow(?) stripe and what appears to be a "DF" circle
logo on its plug door. Northern Pacific is in arched
lettering to the left of the door and there is some
lettering to the right of the door, perhaps for the
North Coast Limited, along with the NP trademark. Could
someone tell me when these cars would have first been
put into service. I am trying to date the photo and
this is the most distinctive car in the train.