N&W Blue

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Thu Mar 17 11:12:28 EDT 2011

Again, I agree with Bill. I seem to remember that the N&W blue was not the same
shade as Wabash blue anyway. But the cabooses definitely looked the same blue as
the C&O cabooses, and all the stripes were similar. BTW: Richard Shell is right
about the SD40's being blue, but the first ones were not delivered until May of
1966.    Jim Nichols

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Subject: N&W Blue

The point of my post about the blue was more about history than paint.  I have
never seen any evidence that the change to blue had anything to do with Mr.
Pevler and the Wabash, other than the obvious time period. But there is ample
evidence that it had everything to do with the proposed merger, including
reports in the railfan press at the time of the merger proposal. Maybe the N&W
would have switched to blue under Mr. Pevler in any event, but with its
arch-rival C&O already blue, that seems unlikely.

The two roads adopted a common blue "paint scheme" for locomotives and cabooses.
I have no idea what the specs were for the two blues, much less for the Wabash
blue. And in any event, if folks want to call it Pevler Blue, that's OK.

Bill McClure
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