Re: Color Of Freight Car Trucks
Thanks to all who have written about the painting of
Freight Car Trucks.
Does your statement mean that if I am modeling the 50s
or later, my trucks can be a mixture of black and
"same as the body" colored trucks? (Mainly SP cars)
Guy Wilber writes:Heavy bodied asphalt paint (black) was widely usedas a rust inhibitor ontrucks by manufacturers into 1948. In that yearthe AAR banned the use ofvisual inspectionsthese heavy types of paints because they prevented(for >cracking) of side frames and bolsters.Painting was still allowed;Rule 3, (t) >(3e) "parts may be coated with lightbodied paint that willnot prevent >detection of flaws or cracks inordinary inspection. Carwheels must NOT be >painted. "Note -- Existingtruck side frames andbolsters painted with heavy base paint or havingaccumulation of rustscaled, must have such paint and scale >removedwhen cars receive generalrepairs."
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