Re: Early Freight Car Docoration

Cyril Durrenberger

I suggest you join the Earlyrail group.  In the past there has been extensive discussion on the early "line" cars including blue line cars.
Also there is much information on early freight cars and where to locate information.
As a starter you need to look at  There are two of us who sell decals for early era freight cars listed under Austin Modeling Associates and Art Griffin, who has an extensive line of decals and photos for sale.  Also look at Clover House for a nice line of dry transfers for early cars. 
A number of really accurate, finely detailed resin kits are being developed and a number are ready for sale at this time.
Write me off list if you wish.
Cyril Durrenberger

--- On Tue, 2/17/09, wr3200 <> wrote:

From: wr3200 <>
Subject: [STMFC] Early Freight Car Docoration
Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2009, 7:29 AM


Let me preface my first posting to this forum by stating the
obvious - I'm fairly new to model trains and even newer to prototype

I'm interested in scratch building turn of the century freight cars
(1910 or earlier). I'd like advice on where I could find prototype
information on the graphics. Most pictures I've scrounged up on the
web are blurry distant images at best, and of course black and
white. I'm particularly interested in the more obscure New England

Where should I look to determine true color schemes. I realize a
historical society may be my best bet, but where would this type of
information be recorded? Did railroads typically keep records of
freight paint schemes? Did the rail car manufacturers?

I came across a picture of a B&A Blue Line box car I would love to
model. I suspect the text is Blue and the body a white or cream
color, but I'd like confirmation. Any and all advice would be

Paul Rocheleau

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