: I have purchased a small collection of N-scale locomotives in UP livery,
: ranging from models produced in the 1960s right up to the latest relases
: from Atlas, Kato and Lifelike. And I have to say, they certainly come in a
: dazzling array of colors. The UP "yellow" varies from bright canary yellow
: to dark orange, including just about every shade in between. Which color is
: correct? Did UP actually use different shades of yellow over the years, or
: is this just bad color matching on the part of the mfrs?
To quote from a 1994 letter from Greg Gneier of the American Southwest
Railway Association: "When we did a sanding test on "The Little Nugget"
[club car for the 1938 City of San Francisco, now at Griffith Park in Los
Angeles], we uncovered about 20 layers of paint, including 8+ different
versions of Armour Yellow. I guess there is no truly "right" answer."
Paint manufacturers change(d) their formulations all the time, and model
paint manufacturers are no different. The UP used at least two different
versions of Autumn (a.k.a. Leaf) Brown between the introduction of the
M-10000 in 1934 and the switch to Harbor Mist Gray in 1941. Their
yellow/gray color scheme is the longest-lived one in existence, with many
different pieces of equipment going through many different paint shops.
It's not surprising there would be many variations over the years.
We're in the middle of a "paint war" on the Passenger Car mailing List.
So far, the consensus (as supported by both anecdotal and physical
evidence) says that Santa Fe Coach Green and Pullman Green are the same
paint, but that all model Pullman Greens are too dark and not "olive"
enough. Now, we're into SOO Line Maroon and PRR/N&W passenger Tuscan.
A fellow could drive himself crazy with it all!
| Tom Madden | A _true_ railfan can see the initials |
| Boulder, CO | "ACL" and not automatically think of |