Re: Wabash 88200-88699 Series Photos

Nelson Moyer

Thanks, Tim. The color is too dark for models, so I’ll have to lighten it a few shades. At least I have a starting place. I have a bottle of Tru Color Wabash freight car red, so I’ll compare the swathes to that and go from there.


Now a side view would be wonderful.


Nelson Moyer


From: <> On Behalf Of Tim O'Connor
Sent: Monday, July 26, 2021 6:46 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Wabash 88200-88699 Series Photos


Here is a scan of an NJI&I paint sample (from Ed's TIFF scan) and also an "eyedropper" image
made from that paint sample scan.

Painted colors changed quickly in the real world. Unless you model only new cars, almost any
shade of  'oxide red'  is believable.

The colors look right to me, but I calibrated my screen. They may look different on your screen. :-(

Tim O'Connor

On 7/26/2021 4:35 PM, Ed Hawkins wrote:


On Jul 26, 2021, at 1:51 PM, Nelson Moyer <npmoyer@...> wrote:


I pulled out the YMW Wabash 88200 series kit from the stash, and realized that the only color photo I have is the blurry photo of 88803 in a train. I can’t see the roof and underframe, so I don’t know the paint color. It appears that the truck side frames were black. These cars were built by ACF in 1948, so what was the Wabash paint practice at that time? I’d appreciate any color photos of these cars, especially showing B end details and location of the relief valve bleed rod.



WAB 88200-88699 was built by ACF in lot 3226. Paint specs from the ACF bill of materials:


Pittsburgh (first 167)/P.D. George Co. (next 167)/Sherwin-Williams (last 166) - Wabash #10 Red - sides, ends, trucks; black car cement - roof, underframe; black paint - AB brake parts; white - stencils.


This particular lot did not contain a paint sample, nor did any other Wabash orders of ACF box cars. It’s redder than “box car red” but is unlike “red oxide.” The Morning Sun Books Wabash / NKP / DT&I Color Guide has several photos that illustrate the color better than I can try to describe in words. 


Attached is the ACF B end builder photo, which is horribly back-lit. I worked on it in Photoshop, and it can be further adjusted to suit. Hopefully it’s sufficient to configure the end on your model & the end stencils. 


Ed Hawkins




Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts

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