There are two color photos of these cars in
Jim Eager's WESTERN PACIFIC COLOR GUIDE TO FREIGHT AND PASSENGER
EQUIPMENT. A car preserved at the Feather River Railroad Museum
shows the herald as black and what was probably white details.
Actually, the light colored parts are yellow-orange, as most of
the white has weathered away. This car was last reconditioned in
1943. The second is an in-service shot of a reconditioned car
from the 1950s. The herald is clearly black and white.
It is possible that the herald originally had
a red-orange feather when the cars were new, but this probably
didn't last. Certainly by the first rebuilding around 1938-1943,
the herald was black and white.
I have a red caboose kit r-30-12 pfe/wp reefer with
feather in WP logo as orange but I've seen a red caboose
RTR with the feather as silver.
Can anyone explain which is correct?
(I'm modeling 1947-48)