PC RS-3 paint (Ex-NYC) ?

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PC RS-3 paint (Ex-NYC) ?

Post by Alek9997 » Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:00 am

Bit of a yes/no question, but were any of the ex-NYC RS-3's still in the 1950's lightning stripe scheme at the beginning of the PC era? All the photos I have seen of the RS-3's in the late NYC era were in the cigar band scheme, but I was wondering if maybe at least one made it into PC still in lightning stripe.


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Re: PC RS-3 paint (Ex-NYC) ?

Post by bill8106 » Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:53 am

I asked this question a few years ago in a broader sense (did ANY unit make it to PC still in lightning stripes) and unfortunately, it looks like the answer is no.

http://www.railroad.net/forums/viewtopi ... 95&t=30987

If you trust the captions in books and on websites, I've seen pictures of geeps, E and F units still in lightning stripes as late as 1966, but not any RS-3s.

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Re: PC RS-3 paint (Ex-NYC) ?

Post by Noel Weaver » Tue Oct 16, 2012 4:11 pm

In as much as the New York Central was repainting the RS-3's into the simplified black scheme way back in the late 1950's I would think by the time of Penn Central ten plus years later that all of the ones in service had been repainted.
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Re: PC RS-3 paint (Ex-NYC) ?

Post by theastralcity » Sun Dec 02, 2012 5:26 pm

I've seen evidence that some of the NYC electrics made it to PC with their stripes. Pictures of several T-Motors in stripes are dated until at least 1969. Sadly, I haven't been able to find any diesels that did. That's not to say though that one can't do it on a model railroad for sure. I've got an ex-NYC E8 in stripes on mine set in 1970. Why? Because I like it.

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Re: PC RS-3 paint (Ex-NYC) ?

Post by Backshophoss » Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:45 am

All the RS-3's that worked the Harlem line were basic black dip around the PC merger,a few years after the New Haven "shotgun"
merger, RS-3's and GP-18's used on the Harlem/Hudson lines were swapped for FL-9's in a mixed bag of NH colors(patched) and PC black dip.
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