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B&O Freight Car Brown, was Re: B&O Wagontop
Prior to 1945, B&O used a hand mixed paint with a ferrous oxide pigment on its boxcars and cabooses, calling the recipe "Freight Car Brown".toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
Ferrous oxide is basically aged rust, a brown hue with a reddish overtone.
A genuine B&O paint chip for this color has not emerged, and color photos of this paint in decent shape are rare. There is a newly painted wood M-15j in a Jack Delano Kodachrome image at Galewood in Chicago at the Library of Congress web site. I work from that.
This brown paint weathers quickly (rust paint on a rust prone steel boxcar) into a myriad of effects. Sometimes it feels quixotic to search for the original color when it doesn't last. Still, it would be good to start with some documented B&O practice, however elusive.
I am looking at Tamika military model paints for inspiration, their red-brown in particular, but will withhold judgement for the time being, consider it research in progress.
In 1945, B&O began to specify bright red oxide commercial paints for new cars and repairs. Ed Hawkin's ACF paint chip collection for B&O boxcar orders shows that this transition was not uniform nor timely. Photo evidence suggests some B&O car shops kept using freight car brown for years to paint repaired cars.
The best paint for this B&O bright red oxide is Scalecoat Oxide Red #2002. I will also use Floquil Zinc Chromate primer for variety.
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