I have more questions than answers when it comes to depot painting.
the “best” documentation I’ve found is in Wiley’s book
1925 – standardized green (similar to CNW green) window frames and doors yellow (similar to UP)
1945 medium gray with white trim
next paint- all gray
So that is a summary of Wiley’s knowledge.
When they started the “Montpelier Station” (VA) restoration they performed mass spec analysis. (I have a copy somewhere if anyone wants that drop me a note off-list)
I’ve examined period postcards and B&W images
it seems that there were depots with “yellow” (lighter color) above the “band” that was at window sill height- and green (below) Trim white. No doubt pre-1925 but some seem to have maintained That scheme after 1925 or maybe weren’t painted. <g>
I’m MOST interested in depots along the Murphy Branch and offer the following:
Addie (1963 Marsh) gray white trim
Andrews 1967 gray gray trim
early Balsam (two tone with white trim)
Balsam (1959-61 King) gray white trim
Bryson City (1975 King) white/tan brown trim
Bushnell photo (Clodfelter around 1920) is two tone with white trim
Bushnell (1943 TVA) green (maybe) white trim
Canton (early 1900’s King) yellow above, green below, white trim
Nantahala 1950 gray white trim
Whittier (early) two tone with white trim
So…. Since I model 1943 (specifically) I could guess “two tone/white trim
but even then I wonder whether it was always that.
I also have lots of questions about the depot at Bryson City:
Now the GSMRR own this structure and we know they have modified it and the freight section was modified earlier. And for me the back side (non-trackside) is critical as this shows on my layout.)
Backside It has several windows and a door that I question whether they are mods after 1943. I’ve yet to find any “floor plan” for Bryson City or photos of the back (RR folks always like the track <G>)
I’ll guess that this depot goes back to “WNCRR” days and have yet to discover any WNCRR documentation that would help with my mysteries.
Now all of that being said… I mentioned post cards. I’ve seen quite a few postcards of depots with the early “two tone” but even with that info we must remember… postcards were often created overseas and colors added or modified before printing by employees who might have never seen the depot.,
Anyone have any factual info to share?