Re: New ART Steel Reefer Runs Now Available

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>

Typically orange tends to fade toward yellow. If the cars were originally pale orange, with time I'd expect them to look more and more yellow. It's always good to know the NEW color of a car, but for most of us, MORE important to know how it looked after some time in service. Old (preserved) PFE cars, to use one example, often look yellowish if in original but aged paint.
The question of "trusting" commercial model colors is obviously complex. For many years, model mfgrs. liked to make the WP cars in the PFE fleet yellow, who knows why. Since those cars were changed to orange at the same time as the rest of the PFE car fleet (starting in 1929), this is entirely wrong for models representing later years. Gradually this had been corrected.
The issue of whether NP and ART cars were yellow or not (vs. orange) in the 1950s has come up before and never entirely answered IIRC.
As Tim O'C commented, yellow evidently looks different to different people. When the SP's Daylight-painted 4-8-4 engines were new, their nickname among employees was "yellow bellies," though the color was Daylight Orange.

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