Re: L & N Blue

James F. Brewer <jfbrewer@...>

According to Steve D. Johnson in L&N Color Guide, Volume 1 (Morning Sun Books) blue was first applied to boxcars to signify they were equipped with load retaining devices, particularly DF belt rails; he indicates that "later" some boxcars fitted with only lading tie anchors and even some standard XM boxcars were painted blue.

On page 23 there is a photo of L&N 97140, a 50-foot PS-1 in blue, taken at Chicago, IL in September 1960. The car is still stenciled "NEW 8-57." This car is equipped with DF loaders.

On page 26 there is a photo of L&N 97893, a 50-foot car built by ACF in December 1960; it is stenciled "NEW 12-60" and is boxcar red/brown.

My guess is, during the period of this list, that blue would have only been used on the DF equipped cars; otherwise, they were standard boxcar red/brown.

Jim Brewer
Glenwood MD

----- Original Message -----
From: "behillman" <chris_hillman@...>
To: <STMFC@...>
Sent: Thursday, January 27, 2005 6:16 PM
Subject: [STMFC] L & N Blue

What year did the Louisville & Nashville start using the "medium"
blue paint scheme on their 40 foot boxcars, (and/or other cars)?

I know that scheme existed in 1961.

Paul Hillman

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