Canadian Railway Structure Colors?

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by eric halpin, Oct 22, 2007.

  1. eric halpin

    eric halpin Eric Halpin

    I have a DPM Freight Depot kit unfinished. The brick work is a Tuscan Red. What color would CP likely have painted the trim work on an older stone/brick structure. Was there a standard color? What color would CN, ON or other Canadian railways have used for their trim paint? Thanks

  2. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Eric: my almost 50-year-old memory of Perth station is of maroon woodwork, possibly with a darker grey trim. (How much do you trust the memory of a 12-year old boy?) Most of the woodwork was covered with soot.
  3. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Hi Eric,

    Nice to have seen you at Railfair...

    David's 50 year old memory seems to match my ~25 year old memory of the CPR witches' hat station in Orangeville. It was maroon/tuscan - but again it was wood.

    I would keep it "brick" colour - if the era you are modelling means that the building was relatively new, it (theoretically) would not have been painted over yet. The Smiths Falls station (also CPR) is brick, and I don't think it's ever been painted. The trim is brown and/or green, but brick is brick... ;)

    Hope that helps.

  4. rlundy90

    rlundy90 Member

    You could give the CPR archives a try.If anyone would know they should. CN trim was usually dark green or brown in my part of the country.Ron
  5. galt904

    galt904 Member

    Or try the CPR or cpsig yahoo groups, especially the cpsig group. There's a wealth of historical info there.
  6. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Here's the former CPR station at Goderich, Ontario. The brick is unpainted, but even the door appears to be brick-coloured. :eek: Of course, this one has been out of service for some time, so the trim colour may not be original. Hard to tell what colour the window frames in the turret are, but the ones on the right match the door.

  7. eric halpin

    eric halpin Eric Halpin

    Wow fellas. Thats a lot of good info real quick. I was leaning towards a grey or green color with soot stains for the trim. I will check the other suggested groups also. Thanks guys.


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