Prior to the 1964 color change to orange with the N&W's acquisition the
Wabash, virtually all A.R.T. reefers were painted with yellow sides. Some
do appear to shift towards orange in color photos or as they age & weather.
As Tim mentions, a small class of insulated boxcars assigned to the Wabash
were painted a dark blue. This was short lived, just about a six month
An A.R.T. book is in the works with Tony. Hopefully it will follow the MDT
From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...] On Behalf Of Tim
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Subject: [STMFC] Re: New ART Steel Reefer Runs Now Available
But then, there's that famous color photo of hundreds of ART reefers
in Grand Junction Colorado in the late 1950's and NOT ONE yellow ART
reefer can be seen. Every one of the cars has a Wabash flag on it.
However, I have seen other, later color photos of ART RBL's that do
appear to be more on the yellow side -- and yet some photos do show
a definite light orange color, and some even show DARK BLUE paint.
Again, these are all Wabash era cars. Personally I'm convinced that
ART was painting everything a light orange color in the 1950's, and
some RBL's may have gotten a lighter color, almost yellow, later.
I agree they went to a deeper orange color when N&W took over.
Maybe after Roger Hinman finishes the MDT book and Bill Welch the
FGE book, someone with the knowledge will write the definitive book
on ART! :-)
yellow; after N&W logo replaced Wabash in 1964, orange came in.And looking at the '60 car, it's got yellow sides, and the photo showsI think that's fine (if I follow what you're saying)-- 1960 they were still
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