Re: box car colors

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>

Barry Roth wrote:
On those dirty ol' reefers the UP and SP heralds/logos stand out is though they do not have the same coat of smuts as the rest of the sides. Except for the repack fields, the cars do not otherwise seem to have been sponged off, so does this result from the paint on the heralds being smoother and less retentive of road dirt?
This is something you see on box cars too, with white lettering looking way too bright compared to the car side. The usual explanation is that the paint "chalked" and sloughed off the dirt and uppermost film of paint all the time. Sometimes you can see whitish streaking beneath the lettering which seems to bear this out. it's a hard effect to model.

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