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20th Century Interior Colors

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20th Century Interior Colors
Posted by The Jet Clipper on Monday, September 11, 2017 10:44 PM

So, my undying thirst for accuracy has led me to the 20th Century Limited (I still question how). After I scooped up a few cars, I decided to make a Santa Fe/NYC hybrid train, the "20th Century Chief". Now, I need some help with interior colors. If you don't know them, do you know of any books that will give me my desired information? I can run them without the painted interiors, sure, but that'll look kinda wonky with my ATSF cars with painted interiors. Besides, It just won't have that "pop" without the paint.

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Posted by gmpullman on Monday, September 11, 2017 10:46 PM

Hi, Jet Clipper 

A short discussion here...

 

http://cs.trains.com/mrr/f/13/t/239827.aspx

 

 

Out of the many "Century" books I have the one by Karl R. Zimmerman is perhaps one of the most informative with lots of color photos. I have seen it range in price in the used book market from $15 to $150!

ISBN: 0-7603-1422-5

A close runner-up is the Richard J. Cook book with lots of information and photos but fewer in color.

ISBN: 1-883069-02-6

Of course, any of the books by the NYC photographer, Ed Nowak, make a handy reference for New York Central devotees. Book Two, in particular, has many color interior photos.

ISBN: 1-878887-17-3

Good Luck, Ed

Maybe NOW I'll finally get around to scanning that 1948 Century booklet (that I mentioned in the earlier thread) I have.

 

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Posted by gmpullman on Monday, September 11, 2017 11:29 PM

Here are a few of the artist's renderings from the booklet I mentioned.

 Century_20_fix_W by Edmund, on Flickr

 

 Century_10_fix by Edmund, on Flickr

 

 Century_0001_W by Edmund, on Flickr

 

 Century_W by Edmund, on Flickr

 

Although there may be slight variations since these were produced in an artist's studio, I recall being in some of the cars, and a few made it into the Penn-Central era with few interior changes, and the colors depicted here are pretty close.

Regards, Ed

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