Re: SP Gothic Lettering

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>

Brian J Carlson wrote:
I was looking at some Red Caboose kits and came across an 37 AAR car with
the SP B&W circular herald on the right side and Gothic "Southern Pacific"
on the left above the reporting marks. When did the SP go to this paint job
and how common was it?
This paint scheme was introduced in the summer of 1955 and the following year, with a renumbering of the entire SP freight car fleet underway, a very great number of repaints was done, far more than you would expect from a scheme change alone. The circular emblem lasted until 1957, when it was discontinued. By that time, an awful lot of cars had already gotten the sans-serif (sometimes called "Gothic") lettering.

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