Re: Reefer Yellow/Orange

randyhees <hees@...>

I strongly suspect it goes back before general interchange of cars, when "Line Cars" generally owned by a pool of railroads, allowed freight to move across railroad networks. Line cars were generally painted a bright color, vermillion, blue or white all come to mind, and the lines were identified with the color (hence Blue Line cars, Red Line cars etc…)

Yellow and Orange have the advantage of being stable relatively inexpensive paint colors, based on Chrome Yellow and Chrome Yellow D.O. (Deep Orange) which are based on a chromium of lead (hence "chrome") and play well with the while lead paint base.

19th century railroad paint catalogs frequently lump refrigerator and line car colors as a single group.

Randy Hees

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