What color HW cars

Discussion in 'Heavyweight Cars' started by slsfrr (Jerome Lutzenberger deceased), Mar 25, 2008.

  1. slsfrr (Jerome Lutzenberger deceased)

    slsfrr (Jerome Lutzenberger deceased) Engineer Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Group,

    I have always assumed (I know) that Frisco’s HW passenger cars that were painted Pullman Green were painted that color in their entirety. However, after looking at several pictures it would appear that the top was painted (black?). Also, the underframe, except for the ice boxes for the air conditioning units, would appear to be (black?). Can anyone clarify this?

    Thanks,
    Jerome
     
  2. TAG1014

    TAG1014 Frisco.org Supporter Frisco.org Supporter

    Some of the heavyweights had gray roofs--A lighter "Dove Gray" (as used on the blue cars in the 1940's) and also a darker "battleship" gray. Both the grays sometimes weathered into a dirty or "charcoal" gray. Then there were cars that had black roofs, some were painted, but I believe that there was also some kind of tar roofing treatment on some that was like black paint. The black roofs appeared glossy when freshly painted but they usually faded or weathered after a while. Any of those roof colors soon were soon dis-colored by locomotive exhaust--steam or diesel. A few cars (mostly in the 1930's) had aluminum roofs--about the only aluminum roofed car that lasted into the 60's was Instruction Car#50, an ex-60' RPO car. Wheels and underbody gear were painted black.

    Tom
     
  3. slsfrr (Jerome Lutzenberger deceased)

    slsfrr (Jerome Lutzenberger deceased) Engineer Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Tom,

    Thanks for the reply.

    It would appear I have a lot of passenger cars painted wrong! I never thought about the tops being painted different than the sides. Oh well, the shop forces will love the extra work.

    Jerome
     
  4. TAG1014

    TAG1014 Frisco.org Supporter Frisco.org Supporter

    My comments are strictly from (years of) observation in person and photos--I don't have any "official" documents or paint charts, records etc.

    Tom
     
  5. slsfrr (Jerome Lutzenberger deceased)

    slsfrr (Jerome Lutzenberger deceased) Engineer Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    [ My comments are strictly from (years of) observation in person and photos--I don't have any "official" documents or paint charts, records etc.]


    Tom,

    OK.

    My shop force refused to repaint them anyway! The Shop Superintendent said, “All future cars will be painted accordingly” but, he did not have time (or inclination) to repaint cars in service.

    Jerome
     

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