Re: The curious case of NP box car colors in the 50's

Robert Heninger

That isn't a 30 year old paint job, though. The "Northern Pacific Railway" lettering in the monad is late 50s-60s era, and the 6 panel Superior door isn't original. Note the lack of a running board and the end support on the roof. I'd bet this car was refurbished and rebuilt by the NP sometime in the 1960s (based off of the lack of running board supports - when the GN, NP, or Q removed running boards, they usually removed the supports as well - BN usually didn't bother removing the supports), so the paint is probably 10-15 years old.


Bob Heninger
Minot, ND

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