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What color is this?
« on: February 07, 2014, 06:24:42 PM »
What color does this station look to you?
Is it a filthy faded buff yellow and brown, filthy light gray and dark gray trim, or filthy gray and faded dark green trim?
I've gotten in touch with both John Dziobko (the photographer) and Bob Yannosey (the author of the PRR Book) and the both said conflicting things. John leaned towards gray, and Bob leaned towards a biff and brown.

I think it's buff/brown. But as I understand it, Pennsy did have a two tone light/dark gray paint scheme. One photo looks "warm" and the other "cool."  What do yinz think?
I realize I'm posting a picture of a book. Mods, let me know if I should take this down. I just don't what else to do. Nobody seems to know anything conclusive.

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Re: What color is this?
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2014, 07:06:39 PM »
I would go with the photographer's opinion over the author's. The photographer was their in person, so their account is more (should be) accurate.
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Re: What color is this?
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2014, 08:03:30 PM »
Looks grayish to me (cool, rather than warm tone).  But how many times has this image been copied/scanned?  I suspect that this is probably 3rd or 4th generation photo.  I would say that if you are trying to build a model, make it any color you want.  After all, it is your railroad.
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Re: What color is this?
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2014, 09:03:00 PM »
Looking at both photos, the same building is visible behind the station in both of them--on the right-hand edge of the top picture and the left-hand edge of the bottom picture.

I'm going to assume that the grayish band running across that building near the top is concrete--which is generally gray (or slightly yellowish). I used ThumbsPlus to look at the RGB values for pixels in that area. In the upper picture, the RGB numbers are pretty much even across the board; in the lower picture, it's got a slight but definite blue bias.

So assuming that's not bluestone instead of concrete  ;) , I'd have to guess the color on the upper picture is probably more accurate.
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