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Re: PC: Speculative Modelling

>Rob, I do have the PC Power book, and I've seen the picture of the 
>Despatch Shops switcher. The caption mentions that it was repainted 
>to PC black after it was moved to the regular roster, so I suspect 
>that PC would not have 'livened up' their paint job. I wonder why 
>they chose black to begin with? I realize they wanted an asture 
>scheme, and didn't want red or green, but they could have used 
>another color. 
>Peter King in NY
>>    I've always envisioned exactly the same in passenger equipment.  
>  Do
>>you think PC would still be painting motive power black?   If you 
>own a
>>copy of "PC Power" by Bob Yanosey, there is a color photo on pg. 136 
>of a
>>switcher painted by Despatch shops.  It is black with a green band 
>>horizontally, bordered by white stripes, and the PC logo/lettering 
>in the
>>green.  Looks real sharp!!   I think all would be forgiven by 
>railfans in
>>general had PC chosen this scheme.
>>     Rob   
I think that one reason PC painted its engines black, is that both the 
PRR and NYC engines were already black.  It may have saved time and 
money by simply covering the PRR and NYC logos with paint, and then 
slapping the PC worms logo over it.

Another reason may have been that plain black paint was a lot cheaper 
than other colors at the time.

--Chris Osterhus

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