Rock Island Question

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by eightyeightfan1, Feb 4, 2003.

  1. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    Here's a picture of the P2K Geep the better half picked up at the Springfield show this past weekend.
    She thought the handrails needed something.
    Figured one of the many RI fans could help me out.
    If any...What color should the handrails be painted?
    Is this an accurate paint scheme for this loco?
    Do the fuel tanks get anything?
    Thanks for any help........
  2. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd


    Forgot the picture..
    Here it is....

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  3. rockislandmike

    rockislandmike Active Member

    It's definitely an accurate paint scheme, but might not be from your era??? This paint scheme (maroon with white stripes) was used in the 1950's for the most part; some units might have lasted into the late 60's (the Rock was never known for their speed of repainting locos).

    Can't speak to the handrails for certain, but P2K usually does a pretty good job of getting handrail colors right. It's not working for me right now, but Jeff's Guide to the Rock Island ( ) will have that info for you - just look under "Paint Schemes".
  4. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    Thanks Mike...
    Checked out that site...Looks like the rails at the steps were painted white.
    Thanks again for the info
  5. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    If I'm not mistaken, they would have to be white or yellow to meet the safety requirements introduced in the 50's. I'm diggin' pretty far back, and I only have a brain the size of a walnut.
  6. rockislandmike

    rockislandmike Active Member

    Yes, Jon, just at the ends where the steps are. The same is true of all locos.

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