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 Post subject: Re: Alternative Examples of the Reading's Postwar Paint Colo
PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:12 am 

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Another aspect of all this we need to remember is the postwar era was the golden age of standardization on the railroads. Paints were no different and the manufacturer's fleet color systems helped relieve some of the burden in that department. Here's a pic of a guy in the CNW paint lab giving samples the hairy eyeball I lifted off eBay...


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 Post subject: Re: Alternative Examples of the Reading's Postwar Paint Colo
PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:53 pm 

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That pic appears colorized, though. He might be looking at Traditional Green. LOL

Anyway, I was going over my hard drive and completely overlooked this one which should be back on Page 11. Here we have as-downloaded modern 1547 again vs. an as-downloaded modern 2015...


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 Post subject: Re: Alternative Examples of the Reading's Postwar Paint Colo
PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:02 pm 

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Tough picture to work with but I got the yellows on the locos somewhat closer to where they should be according to the photo of the chips. Notice the two different greens on the ex-RDG GP-30 with the Conrail patch job...


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 Post subject: Re: Alternative Examples of the Reading's Postwar Paint Colo
PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:15 pm 

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You’re trying to match photos of weathered paint to the wrong color chips. Or visa versa. It’s an exercise in futility that has no value rail preservation. I don’t get it. I give up.

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 Post subject: Re: Alternative Examples of the Reading's Postwar Paint Colo
PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:16 am 

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Because I'm saying they're the right colors, Eric, just different numbers. 93-1226 is a known code for CNW's Traditional Yellow. On the same page of actual chips, if I can match that color half-decently, the Reading's yellow should match half-decently as well. I'm not trying for perfect, either, because it probably won't happen.

I don't have access to the mixing formulas for these codes but perhaps someone else does. That might be a good method of testing the theory. Pick one or two of the suspected colors and compare them that way. We have established the fact that DuPont (and PPG) issued unique codes for the same color to different fleet customers so unless we have those master lists which are no doubt proprietary, I'll continue to remain "creative" in this endeavor with the limited resources I have at the moment. LOL

Here, I'm manipulating both pics in an attempt to meet somewhere in the middle. Turned the 1290 chip into that lovely dull orangey-pinky yellowish peach color which is all too common in old photos of Reading diesels...


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 Post subject: Re: Alternative Examples of the Reading's Postwar Paint Colo
PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:08 am 

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That lovely dull orangey-pinky yellowish peach can show up nicely on old photos of brand new units as well. Just taking some of the excessive red out of the pic makes the coloration far more accurate...


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 Post subject: Re: Alternative Examples of the Reading's Postwar Paint Colo
PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 1:51 pm 

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I'm dealing with a 57-year old memory here, but as I recall the upper photo of GP35 6503 more closely resembles how the "yellow jackets" looked when they were new, and the lower after they had been in service for a while with dirt, fading, etc.

There is no date but the GP35's were delivered in the 6500's and soon renumbered in the 3600's so the photo is from 1963.

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 Post subject: Re: Alternative Examples of the Reading's Postwar Paint Colo
PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:26 am 

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Looks like it still has the shipping labels attached, Phil. LOL I like the way those pilot stripes match the safety barrier.

This is one I color-corrected based solely upon memory taken about eleven years later at Rutherford. At this time, I had just turned thirteen and was spending quite a bit of my free time goofing around over at the tracks. The original Gottschall photo can be found here...

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=2730516


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:30 am 

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Here are the other two green chips I have under a clear blue sky. Morat Green is all the way on the left and Narva Green, all the way on the right...


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