of the Maine 2-footers: certainly a subject that will continue to evoke
discussion for years to come. It has already created much controversy
among enthusiasts, but it is now time to put some of the opinion to
rest. The following is based on several years of research including
physical records, first-person accounts and a bit of detective work
piecing it all together. If anyone has actual proof that the information
Im presenting here is not correct, then by all means send a copy
of the records you have and we can set the record straight once and
not all, early locomotives had what we know as Russia Iron boiler jackets.
This was a pickling that protected the jacketing from rust and corrosion.
were typically painted gloss black, while cab interiors, roofs and window
sashes would be painted in different colours. A typical locomotive would
have the Russia Iron boiler jacket, perhaps a black cab,
Red Lead cab roof and gold or silver lettering.
Information on early locomotives is sketchy, but the specs for KC #1
specified green cab and tank. Specs for P&R #3 stated Olive Green
with Aluminum Leaf lettering.
SR&RL locomotive of the late teens would be painted gloss black,
red window sash, Red Lead cab roof, Sea Mist Green
cab interior, dark flat gray smokebox and trim and Gold Leaf
change to this scheme that I can find is that the Gold Leaf was
later replaced by Indian Yellow Lacquer with an over coat of
colours from the Billings-Chapen Company ordered on April 26, 1926 state:
Rustnaught Gray, Liberty Red, High Gloss Black
and Sea Mist Green. They also ordered Extra-Extra Deep Green
lending credibility to the theory that cabs and tanks were painted to
match the passenger cars - even if for a short period of time.
purchased during the 1920s were all specified to be Marine Paint which
would give them a finish with some longevity considering the harsh winter
conditions experienced in that part of the state.
were the most expensive capital investment a railroad would make so
it also stands to reason that this investment would be protected by
the company. It needs to be mentioned that great care and pride were
exhibited by train crews which reflected the status and position railroad
employees enjoyed during that era.
examination of photos from the early 1930s reveals that maintenance
was still being done, cars repaired and painted, locomotives being serviced
in rotation and even stored equipment being given regular coats of primer
to keep them protected.
been much guess work, speculation and just plain lack of intelligent
research in this area. First, let's discuss what the colour was not.
Box Car Red comes to mind, I have no idea who started this rumor,
but it is about as far from close as you can get. Tuscan Red,
purple, brown and various combinations are also inaccurate.
requisition sheets state, Freight Car Red. Nothing is more accurate
than the real thing and since I've found a good piece of existing paint,
unweathered, I have been able to come up with a formula that I feel,
as well as others who have seen it, is 98% accurate.
need the following paints: Floquil Polly S Metal Primer, Floquil
Polly S Roof Red and Model Masters (Acrylic Enamel) Desert
Sand. The formula is as follows: Three parts Metal Primer,
two parts (heavy) Roof Red and a touch of Desert Sand.
This will get you an almost perfect colour match. For a slightly weathered
colour, add a touch of Model Masters Flat White.
freight cars were lettered with White Lead.
needs to be done on passenger car's colours. Several different shades
of green were used by the different roads.
apparently used a Dark Pullman -- not Brunswick Green
as first thought.
The KC used
Nelson Pullman Green -- whatever that was.
Red Lead roofs were typical of all.
used Gold Leaf lettering. Several WW&F cars used Aluminum
Leaf lettering, but I am sure this changed. Towards the end, none
of the cars were lettered!
paint names are shown in italics)
in determining passenger car colours would be appreciated. If you can
help with positive proof or colour formulae, please e-mail me at: M2fq@aol.com
Colour data by courtesy
of the Maine 2-Foot Quarterly Magazine