I know you guys are getting tired of CSX questions, but I have another. Please help!

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by Martin23, Apr 23, 2002.

  1. Martin23

    Martin23 New Member

    I know you guys are tired of hearing about CSX, but I have a question I hope someone can help me with. I am wanting to makeup a CSX MOW train. Athearn has all the cars I need in CSX's MOW orange EXCEPT an engine and ballast hoppers. I can do my own, no problem, but what paint should I use for the MOW orange? Floquil doesn't make any that I know of. Help please? Thanks!
  2. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member

    Floquil Orange


    I never tire of questions that I know nothing about!:) CSX.... "I no narthink!" as Sgt Shultz used to say.

    I have not had a problem (yet) with floquil providing a perfect match for what I need. (even the Zinc Chomate Primer matches for VR Wagon Red) of the Victorian Railways.

    Floquil make a "Reefer Orange" that matches also what I needed perfectly. Is this the orange you want?

    Have you got a pic of the orange you need?

    This orange: [​IMG]

    Floquil Reefer Orange was used on this. A perfect match for factory built, and my own built stock:

    Attached Files:

  3. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member

    Is this it?

    Is this the orange you are looking for?

    Take no notice of the slight difference in the shade of orange in the above pics. I assure you, they are the same.

  4. billk

    billk Active Member

    Is there a unique MOW paint job for engines?
  5. Martin23

    Martin23 New Member

    Looks close


    The second picture looks close. You said it's Floquil's Reefer orange? I'll check it out. Thanks!
  6. Martin23

    Martin23 New Member

    Do you think it's close?


    That picture you have of the CSX engine is exactly what I was looking for! Do you think the reefer orange would match that? Thanks for the help!:D
  7. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member


    I don't know if the Reefer Orange will match. It's very difficult to tell from photos on the net (as you can see by the ones I posted).

    The locos etc in the pics I posted ARE the same colour, but on the net it looks slightly different. It's just the lighting. That's all.

    At a guess, I would say yes. It will match. There are some pretty basic colours that match railway colours worldwide. Floquil Reefer Orange is one of them, and used worldwide for emergency/maint equipment. Floquil Dark Blue and Railbox Yellow are also very common worldwide. ( see the new CSX scheme as discussed in other threads).

    If in doubt, take a piece of rolingstock you already have to the hobby store, and compare it directly with the bottle. Floquil paints are in clear glass, and the colour of the bottle matches pretty well with what it is when dry. This is how I've matched colours. Another alternative is to take a photo of the prototype with you, however, as you can see, photo's can vary a bit.

    I think Reefer Orange will be fine.

    BTW. I find Floquil paints the best, especially when using a brush. Goes on thin, and dries out without brush stokes. A quick spray of Testors Dullcoate then finishes the job nicely. Use Decalfix to fix the decals properly, before the Dullcoate of course.

    Good luck, and let us know how you go. :cool:
  8. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Martin, I took a look at the lines of Accupaint, Modelflex, Floquil and Scalecoat paints, and was surprised not to find a MOW orange. I've seen Amtrak ballast cars in orange that look similar to the photo Woodie posted. All the above lines make a reefer orange, most also have: CN orange, IC orange, WP orange, DRGW orange, GN orange, NP orange, Milw. orange, SP orange, NH orange and SAL orange. Pollyscale also had a utility orange. Perhaps someone at the CSX historical society can advise which would be a close match.

  9. Martin23

    Martin23 New Member

    CSX MOW paint

    Thank you Woodie and Gary! I appreciate your input! I'll try matching up reefer orange and some of the other ones with my Athearn stuff at my local hobby shop.

    Billk, the only railroad I know of that paints it's MOW engines differently is CSX. I have never heard of or seen pictures of any other road doing so. :)
  10. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    How closely do you want the orange to match? If you have a slight mismatch, you can hide it a bit with weathering (remember, the MOW stuff isn't like a crack passenger train) or explain that the painting was done different times or different places. You could even paint the new cars in several different oranges. (that one was from Chessie; that's from SCL; the tanker was from Conrail and the old baggage was from the Georgia.)

    A good story will cover anything.

    I've used colours called Traction Orange and International Orange (but then, I don't model CSX>)
  11. Martin23

    Martin23 New Member

    Checked out my Walthers catalog

    Hey guys!

    I checked out my Walthers catalog last night, and Microscale makes CSX MOW decals for engines and cabooses. I also saw about two or three oranges I think might work. I can use the caboose decals to do the hoppers, and then just get some generic reporting marks for the detail decals. Roundhouse makes and undecorated ballast hopper. Thanks for the help from all you guys!

    :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
  12. rockislandmike

    rockislandmike Active Member

  13. BDC

    BDC Member

    Re: CSX MOW paint

    Amtrak also painted their MOW engines orange. Very similar to the CSX orange, as a matter of fact. Nowadays, everything at Amtrak is in the red (Har!)
  14. Sir_Prize

    Sir_Prize Member

    Found some info for ya'!:)
    One of our clubs HOers has a CSX MOW Train. He used POLLY S SCALES Milliwakee (sp?) Road Orange. It's an exact match to their color. Hope this helps ya'! :D :D
  15. Martin23

    Martin23 New Member


    Thanks, Sir Prize! I'm going to have to check out that orange, too. I appreciate all the help you guys are giving me!:)

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