All the beautiful colors
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Wed Jun 26 11:20:40 EDT 2019
I'm sure you'll get detailed answers, but let me get the ball rolling.
First, set the date of October, 1964 firmly in your mind. That's when N&W
merged/leased/whatever the Wabash, Nickle Plate, and some miscellaneous
RRs. Before that, it's simple. Freight diesels were black and the 500
series passenger GP-9s (only!) were red/maroon/pick a name.
After the merger, Wabash influence caused a change in which their blue was
slapped on...er...applied to everything. After a while this aberration was
ended by enlightened management and N&W >>> NS went to all black (with a
very few exceptions like a small number of maroon SD-40s and U-30Cs) with
varying styles of white striping.
That's a "Readers' Digest summary". I'll leave it to the bona fide experts
to fill in the details.
P.S. - Apologies, I guess, for my obvious biases with regard to colors.
"To each his/her own."
On Wed, Jun 26, 2019 at 6:59 AM NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org>
> Could someone help me get the colors (Diesels) matched up to time
> periods? I know GP-9's were delivered in Red. What other engines were
> delivered Red? When did they begin taking delivery new engines in Blue?
> When did they start painting Red engines Blue? Then there's Black. When
> did that all begin?
> Many thanks in advance,
> Walter Davis, modeling N&W in Youngsville, NC
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