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Tristan Ashcroft

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Late B&O blue
« on: January 17, 2021, 12:30:52 PM »
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What was the official name of the dark blue paint that went on locomotives for the final iteration if B&O paint (the last version before "Chessie").  I need to know so I can buy paint - for fun, I'm painting up the handrails on a 30 year old Blue Box GP35.  And or, what would be a good substitute?  (hand rails and grabs are different surfaces that catch light differently, so they don't have to paint match the body entirely 100%)  While, I'm at it what was the yellow shade or what was it called (for the yellow bits at the end).

Also this entertains me: there seems to be no consistency for how far the yellow paint extends on the handrails at the steps:  http://www.trainweb.org/chessiephotos/html/GP35.html   

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Re: Late B&O blue
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2021, 05:45:07 PM »
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I thought that final scheme was from influence from the C&O, which had a controlling interest in the B&O by 1963 or so.  For this reason, C&O Enchantment Blue is probably not off the mark by much, since the C&O and B&O had the same paint scheme, except for the lettering and logos.  C&O’s yellow was Federal Yellow.  If for some reason, Enchantment Blue is not correct, research B&O Royal Blue.

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Re: Late B&O blue
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2021, 08:11:35 PM »
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I thought that final scheme was from influence from the C&O, which had a controlling interest in the B&O by 1963 or so.  For this reason, C&O Enchantment Blue is probably not off the mark by much, since the C&O and B&O had the same paint scheme, except for the lettering and logos.

I think you're on to something!  :D
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Re: Late B&O blue
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2021, 02:52:36 PM »
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I've always heard it called "C&O Enchantment Blue".

I think the "Royal Blue" color was different.

Tristan Ashcroft

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Re: Late B&O blue
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2021, 07:23:10 PM »
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I'm glad I asked, because "Enchantment blue" is the goofiest thing I've heard this week.  Thanks all, for teaching me some things.

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Re: Late B&O blue
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2021, 08:31:04 AM »
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I'm a C&O guy and I also always thought that was a strange name:  C&O Enchantment Blue and Federal Yellow, starting with the Pere Marquette.  After the C&O/B&O "merger" of '63 they were officially painted the C&O colors, but as others have said, there could be variations based on the shop doing the work or the paint they had on hand.  Of course photo colors can be deceiving too and prototype paint faded and weathered.

I was searching this topic because tru-color has both Enchantment Blue (TCP-292) and C&O/B&O Blue (TCP-072) in their line, I don't know why and they are a bit different.  Enchantment Blue looks correct, the C&O/B&O Blue is quite a bit brighter.  Same with C&O Passenger Car Yellow (TCP-275) and C&O/B&O Yellow (TCP-071), which look pretty similar.  As far as I know, other than the really early Venetian Yellow, everything  should be Federal Yellow.