Re: Truck Color

Bill Keene

The Santa Fe specified during the transition era that new cars from the manufacture had black painted trucks. Repaints received mineral brown painted trucks. This most likely because it was more convenient for the shop forces. 

Bill Keene
Irvine, CA

On Nov 19, 2019, at 7:54 PM, Nelson Moyer <npmoyer@...> wrote:

About 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.
Nelson Moyer

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