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Road Switcher Tiger Stripe Paint 1949 - 1953 for 'heavy' road switchers
Road Switcher Tiger Stripe Paint 1949 - 1957 for 'light' road switchers
The first Road Switchers, the DRS6-4-1500, and DRS 6-6-1500 were originally painted in the Yard Switcher Tiger Stripe scheme.
In an effort to gain better visibility, the hood ends were painted aluminum. These first two models, not only had the orange tiger stripes still left on the hood end corners, but also kept the orange pinstripe at the top of the long hood. Although it is difficult to interpret from black and white photo's, hood lettering may have been changed to aluminum as well.
By the end of 1949, the Road Switcher Tiger Stripe paint had been finalized as all over black, with Daylight orange tiger stripes on the pilots, side sills and air tanks. The hood ends and lettering on black surfaces were aluminum, with lettering on aluminum surfaces being black.
All units delivered beginning 1950, were painted in this scheme at the factory, and older units were evidently repainted fairly quickly to match this new standard.
The first units to be delivered in this scheme, appear to be T&NO's DRS6-6-15's 189, 190.
Quite a few switchers that SP considered to be 'light road switchers' also appeared in a variation of this scheme.
Locos known to have appeared in this scheme:
Microscale sheet 60-71 and 87-71 caters for the stripes in this scheme, and lettering if a unit had orange lettering. For the aluminum lettering; this will either have to come from perhaps a ThinFilm steam set, or a Microscale sheet depending on which aluminum shade it was...
No SSW Locos known to have appeared in this scheme:
Contemporary SSW road switchers of the time were painted in the SSW black with orange bow wave scheme, or their version of the Black Widow scheme.
Rules of thumb:
Beginning with the Train Masters in 1953, Black Widow paint was specified for Hood units.
Relevant Magazine articles:
Other than the aluminum ends and lettering, these articles will cover the striping.
Additional Information on this Page contributed by Rich Sievers.
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