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The IC painted trucks black. However from 1947 through 1955 open
top cars were painted brown and I've seen plenty of color photos
that show brown hoppers and gons with brown trucks. I've never
seen a photo of a brown flat car with brown trucks though.
I honestly think it depended on what the guys in the paint shop
felt like that day.
On 11/19/2019 9:54 PM, Nelson Moyer
ten years ago I built a large number of assorted boxcars,
hoppers, gondolas, and flat cars for many roads, all from
Branchline, Intermountain, Red Caboose, and P2K kits. At the
time, I was clueless about truck color, so all of the trucks
are black. Now that I realize that one color doesn’t fit all
roads, I need to know the truck color for all of these cars,
i.e. black or boxcar red. Is there a table of roads and
truck colors anywhere? I can only afford so many color
books, and I can’t be an expert on multiple roads. After ten
years, I’m just now getting comfortable with CB&Q
practice. To simplify my question, which roads painted
trucks boxcar red? I’m modeling 1953, so that limits the
range to wood DS and SS boxcars, 1932, 1937, and PS-1
boxcars, and misc. hoppers, gondolas and flat cars
appropriate for my era.