Re: UP freight car lettering color dates/repaint intervals.

Aley, Jeff A


Does your question pertain to box cars or stock cars?



From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...] On Behalf Of Denny Anspach
Sent: Thursday, December 03, 2009 10:41 AM
To: Steam Era Freight Car List
Subject: [STMFC] UP freight car lettering color dates/repaint intervals.

I understand that the standard UP freight car lettering changed from
white to yellow after 1948. I would presume that any given car would
not have been so repainted after 1947 until the regular time arrived
for routine repainting would have arrived, which could be a date
considerably later than 1948. I do not know what the UP's usual
chosen interval might have been for such boxcar repaints, but again
(presuming, of course!) if a whole class of cars were last painted/
rebuilt in 1938, then they might last well into the 1950's, even to
retirement, white lettering and all still intact?

It is difficult for me to discern dirty white from yellow on B&W photos.

Denny S. Anspach MD

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