I have Vic Roseman's "Railway Express" An Overview, open to page 105. Diagram III - 1953 show Hunter Green and 60" tall red/white herald. Gold lettering.It also says Black, Green, gray or Silver roofs and ends.
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On Thursday, February 13, 2020, 12:03:38 PM CST, Jack Mullen <jack.f.mullen@...> wrote:
On Thu, Feb 13, 2020 at 02:42 AM, Donald B. Valentine wrote:
Did the REA NOT use the square herald standing on a corner prior to 1950?Well of course the red diamond was used a lot prior to the '50s, on buildings, vehicles, labels, billboards...
But I assume your question is in the rail car context.
There's a lot of uncertainty about "exact" dates for Railway Express p&l changes. My understanding is that most corporate records disappeared with the company's demise, so much depends on photo evidence.
"About 1953" is commonly cited for introduction of the 60" red diamond on express reefers.
RPC 7 has extensive coverage of express reefers, with an addendum in RPC 9.