Re: [EXT] [RealSTMFC] caboose colors

Dave Parker

There is  a fascinating book called "The Painting of Railway Equipment" by B E Miller that dates to 1924:

He lists these red pigments:  vermilion (mercury sulfide), red lead, Venetian red, Indian red, and Tuscan red.  Based on the descriptions, I don't think there would have been any problem formulating a paint that would correspond to our current impression of "caboose red".  I think cadmium-based paints provided (and still do) the most vivid reds, but I'm guessing they were too pricey for use on rail cars.

In the FWIW department, at that time the B&M's cabooses had distinctly red ends, but freight-car color (i.e., oxide) sides.  I don't know if this practice was common on other roads.
Dave Parker
Swall Meadows, CA

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