Portland Terminal Alco roof color

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Portland Terminal Alco roof color

Postby hh660 » Fri Apr 24, 2015 1:13 pm

Hi, does anyone know if the roof over the cab on the old PT Alco switchers was ever painted with a red/brown primer and left that way?
I seem to recall that they were before they did away with the 'bloody nose' scheme.
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Re: Portland Terminal Alco roof color

Postby S1f3432 » Wed May 06, 2015 9:53 pm

I've looked through my slides and books in my library and have been unable to find a shot that would confirm this, but that
doesn't mean it didn't happen. During the 70's it didn't seem as though any two locomotives came out of the paint shop looking
the same. I remember someone tabulating 13-14 variations of the paint scheme. PT's switchers could get pretty grubby between
inspections, at which time they might get washed. Under the right lighting conditions that crud could look like red primer or rust.
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Re: Portland Terminal Alco roof color

Postby MEC407 » Fri May 08, 2015 9:36 am

Non-Kodachrome slides from that era also had a tendency to shift toward red over time, unfortunately.
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Re: Portland Terminal Alco roof color

Postby hh660 » Tue May 12, 2015 3:51 pm

Thanks for the response,
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Re: Portland Terminal Alco roof color

Postby RGlueck » Wed May 13, 2015 7:43 pm

Ah, but through the miracle of "piracy", I have both stolen and color corrected the image. In this case PT 1057 has a distinctly boxcar red roof.

Oh, I have not saved the image for myself. A moral pirate.

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Re: Portland Terminal Alco roof color

Postby hh660 » Thu May 14, 2015 4:26 pm

Wow, thanks.
That does look familiar,
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