Re: Color recommendation for post 1945-1950 painted GN SS single door boxcar

Robert kirkham

It isn’t model paint information, but FYI, there is a nice video of a train wreck showing a GN car in April 1954 at this link:


On Sep 14, 2021, at 5:52 AM, Richard Remiarz <rremiarz@...> wrote:

For mineral red I use Tru-Color TCP-214.  During the 1950’s, until October 1, 1956, the entire car including underbody and trucks would be painted mineral red.  After October 1 the GN began repainting cars with vermillion red.  For vermillion painted cars the trucks and underbody were painted mineral red.
Rich Remiarz
Vadnais Heights, MN
Editor/Coordinator GNRHS Modelers’ Pages
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From: Charlie Duckworth
Sent: Monday, September 13, 2021 7:42 PM
Subject: [RealSTMFC] Color recommendation for post 1945-1950 painted GN SS single door boxcar

I’m at the point with my Westerfield 50’ GN SS single door boxcar where I need to paint it. The instructions advise ‘mineral red’ for the time period in which it would have been shopped and painted. Any suggestions from the GN modelers on the list?  How was the roof and underframe coated?   Tim sent me a shot of a car painted in a oxide color but advised I contact the SMEs.   

Also the number series seem confusing (to me at least) some cars in 29000 group, others in 38000, 42000, 43000 and 5100.  Westerfield car has numbering for the 42000 series.  Attached is an image from my collection of one in company service  

Charlie Duckworth 
Omaha, Ne.


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