Re: PRR X-31A Truck and Underframe Color Question

Gatwood, Elden J SAD


I have seen pics of cars painted or repainted prior to the mid 50's that
definitely had the trucks painted FCC, even tho' it is not called for in the
instructions. Ooops.

I have also seen pics of cars painted then and later with trucks clearly
painted black, although the instruction do not call for it, either. Ooooops.

There are many, many instances of employees (paint shop) painting things that
did not follow the "standards" being issued in the company's instructions.

Let's not even get into that discussion about freight car roofs, OK?

Keep smiling,

Elden Gatwood


From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...] On Behalf Of Bruce
Sent: Monday, September 08, 2008 9:00 AM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: Re: [STMFC] PRR X-31A Truck and Underframe Color Question

On Sep 7, 2008, at 10:58 PM, Lawrence Rast wrote:


What's your rationale for painting the trucks on "new cars that have
been built recently" FCC?

Lawrence Rast
That should be "on some new cars"...<G> in particular, cars built
using rebuilt trucks. On a new car, within a few years of building,
the FCC color of the trucks would still show. At any time after that
it wouldn't. Typically new trucks on a new car were black. As
always though, model from photos...

I do actually paint almost all of my trucks FCC, mostly because I am
too lazy to take them off the car when I paint it. When covered with
a grime color, the FCC is mostly hidden although some peeks through
to give a rust-like look. SO the intent there is not to make them
look like they were painted FCC, but to enhance the weathering and if
it looks like maybe some overspray from the car hit the trucks, so be


Bruce F. Smith
Auburn, AL

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