GN Gray-Green for Big Sky Blue Paint Scheme

GN Gray-Green for Big Sky Blue Paint Scheme

Post by David Hollida » Tue, 20 Jan 1998 04:00:00



Quote:

>         I'm painting some passenger cars in GN's Big Sky Blue scheme.
> The roof, ends, and underbody are to be painted in GN Gray-Green,
> which has been discontinued by Floquil.  

What cars?  What time frame, what local? Was this was the "rainbow" era
of GN?

Contact GN Hitorical Society on Web.

David

 
 
 

GN Gray-Green for Big Sky Blue Paint Scheme

Post by Fred Elli » Tue, 20 Jan 1998 04:00:00


Quote:


> >         I'm painting some passenger cars in GN's Big Sky Blue scheme.
> > The roof, ends, and underbody are to be painted in GN Gray-Green,
> > which has been discontinued by Floquil.

> What cars?  What time frame, what local? Was this was the "rainbow" era
> of GN?

> Contact GN Hitorical Society on Web.

> David

David,

In the spring of 1967 Great Northern decided to paint their rolling
stock in a more modern color, 'Big Sky Blue'.  This included their
passenger cars which were paint 'Big Sky Blue', Gray-Green with White
trim.  Their previous paint scheme (1947 to 1967) for passenger cars
were the 'Empire' colors, 'Omaha Orange' & 'Pullman Green'.  See page
118, Book One, 'GN Equipment Color Pictorial' by S. R. Thompson, Four
Ways West Publications.  To the best of my knowledge, GN never had a
'rainbow' era when came to paint schemes.

Fred Ellis
San Antonio
(To e-mail me, remove the X in my address)

 
 
 

GN Gray-Green for Big Sky Blue Paint Scheme

Post by karland arthur kili » Wed, 21 Jan 1998 04:00:00


Hello,

        I'm painting some passenger cars in GN's Big Sky Blue scheme.
The roof, ends, and underbody are to be painted in GN Gray-Green,
which has been discontinued by Floquil.  Does anyone out there have
a formula for mixing up this color?  I would appreciate any information.
Thanks in advance.

        Karland K.
--
"Si spiro, spero." ("If I breathe, I hope.")

 
 
 

GN Gray-Green for Big Sky Blue Paint Scheme

Post by David Hollida » Wed, 21 Jan 1998 04:00:00


To the best of my knowledge, GN never had a

Quote:
> 'rainbow' era when came to paint schemes.

Yup, during the late'60s, they did all kinds of colors on their freight
cars.  Out here in Seattle (it being hippie days with Country Joe & the
Fish, etc.) we called them "rainbow cars", watching a freight move past
Naketa Beach at reasonable speed.  I think they were also called "circus
cars"; anyway about a dozen colors.  They reflected off the water on
Puget Sound during afternoon light.  You could sit on the beach, steam
clams in seaweed over burning chunks of old RR tie (probly not
considered healthy these days), listen to the train and watch the
light/water.  You can probably detect a bit of nostalgia, huh?

As to passenger, Unka Sam invited me to go play in SE Asia, so never saw
the "Big Sky" blues in real life.  

Are you sure it wasn't just a darkish grey with mold on top?  That
happens a lot in the NW. <g>

David

 
 
 

GN Gray-Green for Big Sky Blue Paint Scheme

Post by Fred Elli » Thu, 22 Jan 1998 04:00:00


Quote:


> To the best of my knowledge, GN never had a
> > 'rainbow' era when came to paint schemes.

> Yup, during the late'60s, they did all kinds of colors on their freight
> cars.  Out here in Seattle (it being hippie days with Country Joe & the
> Fish, etc.) we called them "rainbow cars", watching a freight move past
> Naketa Beach at reasonable speed.  I think they were also called "circus
> cars"; anyway about a dozen colors.  They reflected off the water on
> Puget Sound during afternoon light.  You could sit on the beach, steam
> clams in seaweed over burning chunks of old RR tie (probly not
> considered healthy these days), listen to the train and watch the
> light/water.  You can probably detect a bit of nostalgia, huh?

> As to passenger, Unka Sam invited me to go play in SE Asia, so never saw
> the "Big Sky" blues in real life.

> Are you sure it wasn't just a darkish grey with mold on top?  That
> happens a lot in the NW. <g>

> David

David,

Just to let you know, Great Northern began painting its' rolling stock
in different colors as early as the 1950's.  Up till then most of their
freight cars were painted Mineral Red.  Other colors used were Black &
Yellow, depending on what type of freight car is was.  Then in 1956 GN
started painting cars in Vermilion Red.  They also began using Light
Gray.  In 1961 they started painting freight cars in Glacier Green.  The
color Big Sky Blue was introduced in 1967.  Also in the 1950's a select
number of box cars were painted in the famous two tone paint scheme,
'Omaha Orange/Pullman Green', know as the 'Empire Colors' named after
the passenger train 'The Empire Builder' introduced in 1947.

I have never seen it referred to as the 'rainbow era', but I can
understand why it got its' name.  I can just see now a very long freight
consist with different types of car in many different colors looking
like some giant 'rainbow'.  For your information my reference source is
Books One & Two, GN Equipment Color Pictorial, by S. R. Thompson, Four
Ways West Publications.

Regarding the Gray-Green paint, in 1967 when GN change to 'Big Sky
Blue', they painted the sides of their streamline passenger cars in that
color.  The roofs were painted a Grayish-Green with a broad white stripe
just below the roof line.  There are several colored photos in Vol 3, GN
Pictorial, by J. F. Strauss, Jr, Four Ways West Publications.

By the way, Uncle Sam also ask me to go 'play' in SE Asia around the
same time.

Fred
(To e-mail me, remove the X in my address)

 
 
 

GN Gray-Green for Big Sky Blue Paint Scheme

Post by J D Turne » Fri, 23 Jan 1998 04:00:00


I never cared for Floquil's GN Grey-Green.  It looks WAY too light.  Every
photo I've seen shows a dark grey.  I have used Scalecoat and Accupaint
Southern Pacific Lark Dark Grey, and like the way it looks.  Just my 2
cents.

John
jdturner at teleport dot com