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PRR paint colors

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PRR paint colors
Posted by topcopdoc on Thursday, December 11, 2003 8:16 AM
I have tried several times to find out the standard colors used by PRR for their towers, stations, sheds, etc. used in the Northeast. No one seems to know.

I have a lot of books and the PRR color drift cards but "the Standard Railroad of the World" does not appear to use standards for their building colors.

Some towers are painted Buff and Brown while other are Gray and Brown.

Can someone help me?
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Posted by ndbprr on Thursday, December 11, 2003 11:14 AM
They sure did you just haven't found the right sources yet . Standard color for freight houses was very close to Floquil Depot buff. Trim was a dark brown. The PRRT&HS sells drift cards covering building colors. Go to the Keystone crossings web site and sign up for PRR-talk where many truley experts will asnwer darn near any question about the PRR you can pose. I recall that keystone Crossings may also have that information posted as it has a massive amount of information
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Posted by ndbprr on Thursday, December 11, 2003 11:16 AM
One other thing: Just becasue there is a standard doen't mean the local maintenenace crews wouldn't differ. They had budgets and if grey was in stock guess what would be used. Mnay of the corridor towers are brick also. most of the ones between WIlimington and Trenton are and N. Phl. was stucco or concrete. None of them are available commercially so modeling them requires a field trip for pictures and scratch building.
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Posted by DTomajko on Thursday, December 11, 2003 1:01 PM
The book "Trackside on the Pennsylvania" by Highlands Station,Inc. ,2600 S. Parker Rd., Suite 1-211, Aurora, CO. ,80014-1601 contains a great wealth of information and drawings on PRR structures,bridges,culverts,signals,and signs.They also cover the topic of paint colors in some of the text,even offering paint mixes using Floquil paints.Another great source of info is the PRRT&HS as mention by "NDBPRR" above. If you realy want in depth info on the Pennsy,this society is the best.Also,back issues of their heavy-paper,quality magazine are available.Some of the society members are former PRR employees and are happy to share their knowledge with others.I highly recommend joining if you really want to understand the "Standard Railroad of the World".Good luck, stay safe, and Merry Christmas to all.
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Posted by topcopdoc on Friday, December 12, 2003 7:08 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by ndbprr

One other thing: Just becasue there is a standard doen't mean the local maintenenace crews wouldn't differ. They had budgets and if grey was in stock guess what would be used. Mnay of the corridor towers are brick also. most of the ones between WIlimington and Trenton are and N. Phl. was stucco or concrete. None of them are available commercially so modeling them requires a field trip for pictures and scratch building.
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Posted by topcopdoc on Friday, December 12, 2003 7:15 AM
Thanks for the help. I tried same question twice on PRRT&HS with no replies. I have drift cards and have seen 4 different color combo's in my train books. I guess PRR was not "standard" with their paint colors.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, December 12, 2003 7:57 AM
I think it was July 2001 MR that had a PRR depot, and it was "PRR Building Grey" since it was built in 190?. I'll try to recall a few more details for you - I think there was even a paint colour number included in the article.

Andrew

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