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Southern Pacific colour schemes 1950s

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Southern Pacific colour schemes 1950s
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, July 14, 2003 6:03 PM
Can anyone give me some info on colour schemes used during the 1950s and early 1960s on SP freight diesels please.
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Southern Pacific colour schemes 1950s
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, July 14, 2003 6:03 PM
Can anyone give me some info on colour schemes used during the 1950s and early 1960s on SP freight diesels please.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, July 14, 2003 7:11 PM
I almost stood up to get a book. But the question is broad and the period long. There were quite a few color schemes. The Black F-7s had at least three styles as they tried for visibility (safety) and economy. The red noses came in several variations. Since you are in the NZ (colour), you may not have access to the books. Pick an engine and year and I'll try to get a diagram.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, July 14, 2003 7:11 PM
I almost stood up to get a book. But the question is broad and the period long. There were quite a few color schemes. The Black F-7s had at least three styles as they tried for visibility (safety) and economy. The red noses came in several variations. Since you are in the NZ (colour), you may not have access to the books. Pick an engine and year and I'll try to get a diagram.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, July 14, 2003 8:27 PM
OK thanks for that.
I have a GP38 and a GP40 that I would like to repaint in an SP scheme. The 'Bloody nose' scheme would be nice, but I thought this was later than the 50' & 60s.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, July 14, 2003 8:27 PM
OK thanks for that.
I have a GP38 and a GP40 that I would like to repaint in an SP scheme. The 'Bloody nose' scheme would be nice, but I thought this was later than the 50' & 60s.
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Posted by Sperandeo on Wednesday, July 16, 2003 11:59 AM
Hello "Macrocarpa,"

Since the GP40 was introduced in 1965, and the GP38 in 1966, 1960s paint shcemes would be appropriate for both types of units. However, you might want to know that the SP didn't have any GP38s, and its eight GP40s were all owned by its St. Louis-Southwestern subsidary and carried "COTTON BELT" lettering.

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Posted by Sperandeo on Wednesday, July 16, 2003 11:59 AM
Hello "Macrocarpa,"

Since the GP40 was introduced in 1965, and the GP38 in 1966, 1960s paint shcemes would be appropriate for both types of units. However, you might want to know that the SP didn't have any GP38s, and its eight GP40s were all owned by its St. Louis-Southwestern subsidary and carried "COTTON BELT" lettering.

so long,

Andy

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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, August 2, 2003 7:04 PM
Marcocarpa,
Check these two links and decide if the units you have are good candidates for painting SP. If the prototype police are not knocking at your door the models may be very good "stand ins" until the more accurate GP38-2 and GP40-2 units are available.
SP and Cotton Belt
http://espee.railfan.net/4xspemd.html
SP
http://ncespee.railfan.net/SP/sptbl.html
Cotton Belt
http://ncespee.railfan.net/SSW/sswtbl.html
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, August 2, 2003 7:04 PM
Marcocarpa,
Check these two links and decide if the units you have are good candidates for painting SP. If the prototype police are not knocking at your door the models may be very good "stand ins" until the more accurate GP38-2 and GP40-2 units are available.
SP and Cotton Belt
http://espee.railfan.net/4xspemd.html
SP
http://ncespee.railfan.net/SP/sptbl.html
Cotton Belt
http://ncespee.railfan.net/SSW/sswtbl.html
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, August 21, 2003 5:29 PM
Hey thanks TiVoPrince.
I live far enough away from the Proto police not to be worried I think. (11hrs on a 747).
My small layout is 'freelance' based on 'Southern Pacific' simply because I live in the South Pacific (NZ), and I aquired a very nice little Balwin S12 in a tiger stripe scheme which made me decide to get some more SP stuff.
Most people who view my layout would know next to nothing about US railroads (including me actually) so a few disrepancies will not be too earth shattering.
Its all good fun really.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, August 21, 2003 5:29 PM
Hey thanks TiVoPrince.
I live far enough away from the Proto police not to be worried I think. (11hrs on a 747).
My small layout is 'freelance' based on 'Southern Pacific' simply because I live in the South Pacific (NZ), and I aquired a very nice little Balwin S12 in a tiger stripe scheme which made me decide to get some more SP stuff.
Most people who view my layout would know next to nothing about US railroads (including me actually) so a few disrepancies will not be too earth shattering.
Its all good fun really.

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