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 Post subject: Historic Railroad Colors
PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:02 pm 

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The thread about paint colors has prompted me to start a new thread.

Out west, Randy Hees and Andrew Brandon have been doing historical railroad color research. This has involved both careful sanding -- as done for historic houses, etc. -- of structures and railroad car bodies. The findings are referenced against old paint manufactures color sample cards and other reference works to determine correct color name. Along the way the samples are matched to Pentone Colors.

While the reason for this research is often caused by a narrow-gauge railroad car, the information they have collected also includes use of the colors on standard-gauge equipment. The research period begins in the 1860s and continues to the early 1920s.

These two gentlemen just discussed the various freight car "reds" and passed out a comparative color sample card at the just completed Sierra Narrow Gauge Conference held in Nevada City, California.

This information will be posted soon to the website. It should be linked from the page devoted to Period Paint. This page and its sub-pages have information and links about colors, paints, etc.

The comparative color card is also shown on the Facebook page.

UPDATE: This comparative color card has now been posted on the PacificNG,org and has a link from the home page. The Facebook page says that "Each color will get a page on the [] site in the future covering their history and further information."

Brian Norden

 Post subject: Re: Historic Railroad Colors
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:11 pm 
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Interesting stuff and nice work. I like that they were able to match to specific Pantone colors as that will at least give you something to have scanned if you need paint. I'd be careful with the CMYK specification though, unless the printer being used to print a sample has been specifically color calibrated for the specific paper being printed on. Folks don't realize that the printers can be just as out of whack as most monitors when it comes to displaying and printing colors correctly.

Eric Schlentner
ORHS Car Knocker & Gandy Dancer

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