Re: WP 1947 Paint Scheme
Garth Groff <sarahsan@...>
Let me add that for most of their lives the single-sheathed boxcars PROBABLY had white lettering, not silver. Part of the confusion is that the WP specified "aluminum" pigment during the period, which most fans think means silvery lettering. The actual color of the paint was white. The color MAY have changed to a silver tone with the delivery of the Mt. Vernon-built 40' steel boxcars 20551-20800 in mid-1947. It is hard to tell from color photos, most of which were taken later when the paint was faded, and there is always the possibility of a silver-lettered repaint. Certainly the 1949 Greenville mill gondolas numbered 6300-6400 came from the builder with silver lettering (Lifelike model).
Older cars were rarely repainted on the WP, which flirted with bankruptcy for most of its history. It certainly did happen when really needed or when the cars were converted to some special use. I suspect that few of the 50' SS cars did get silver paint as they were being replaced by 50' PS-1s beginning in 1954. Those cars converted to wood-chip service were the major exceptions.
On 3/24/17 4:00 PM, fred@... [STMFC] wrote: