Re: colors for Great Northern . . .

Thomas Baker


The debate about color among GN modelers and historians comes as no surprise. I suspect that it the same for many of the railroad special interest groups. It certainly is on the CGW list where the question surfaces every now and then: What is the proper maroon? What are the proper tones of red and maroon-brown for the diesel delivery scheme? And so it goes.

The point about when a piece of equipment was painted and by whom is most likely valid. Those who authorized the procurement of paint--and most certainly those who mixed colors if mixing was to be done--were probably not as fastidious about "true" Omaha orange or "true" Pullman green as the modelers are. Add to that the builders of equipment who saw a "close" color match and went with it.


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