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On Aug 24, 2008, at 8:59 AM, Dean Payne wrote:
I recently saw a photo (I forget where) of a Des Plaines Hobbies Erie
I don't know about Erie or NKP practice, but from the early 1930s
through the mid-'50s, Santa Fe standard practice was to paint the
roofs with black car cement into which a gritty material was added to
provide secure footing in case a trainman stepped off the running
boards. From the mid-'50s until running boards were removed, the
Santa Fe continued to use the gritty material, but it was sprinkled
onto wet mineral brown paint instead of black. Wood running boards
were always mineral brown. Steel running boards were unpainted
galvanized metal on new or rebuilt cars, black or mineral brown on
repainted cars, depending on when the repainting was carried out.