Dick Fisher <Gladhand1@...>
I agree. I always thought the color was whatever was standard at
the time they were painted..
On 7/2/2020 8:54 AM, Bill Schafer
I have no idea why the gray 70 ton hoppers were painted that way,
but I remember seeing them occasionally in Lamberts Point mixed in
with black N&W hoppers in the 1980s.
As for the Silversides, I’m like Jack Wyatt - I too
am curious about the real answer. My impression over the years,
which may be just wild speculation, is that Mr. Brosnan did
everything he could to get rid of the color green on the
Southern . Diesels traded green for black in 1958. The first
airplane - N153SR, nicknamed the Southwind, was
painted red and white with gold stripes when delivered around
1963. The Agribusiness bus was painted red and silver. And the
Silversides, Big Johns, etc., were lettered with red-orange
characters. All during Brosnan’s watch as either executive
VP-operations or president. Once Mr. Claytor became president,
the red on the plane got replaced by green; ditto (I think,
IIRC) for the Agribusiness bus before it was retired. And it was
during Claytor’s administration that I noticed the Silversides
and Big Johns getting green characters instead of red-orange, so
I just chalked it up to a trend to return to green, culminating
with the E8s in 1972.
If there is a more technical explanation, I’d be
delighted to hear of it.
On Jul 1, 2020, at 22:54, Robert Graham <rgraham2@...
ht 74338 BobG 035.jpg>
He probably is referring to one of these
cars; SOU (C of G) HT 74338 I shot at Linwood NC April
Sent: Wednesday July 1 2020 10:23:24PM
Subject: Re: [SouthernRailway] Silversides lettering
You sparked my interest with the grey
70ton hoppers with black lettering. Might you
provide some pictures fo these?
For years, I have
looked at stencil drawings, specifications
and memos to find a “clue” to explain the
different stencil colors on the
Silversides, covered hoppers and the grey
70-ton triple hoppers with black
lettering. I have always assumed there
must (!) be a reason for the black, green,
red, (and orange that was probably faded
red?). So far, absolutely no luck
We can speculate
about many reasons but does anyone have
any “solid” information?
Rural Hall, NC