I am repainting some Williams RDC cars as Jersey Central and would like to get as close to possible to the prototype.  In a few pictures and videos the cars appear to be either grimy grey or black on top.  Is that how they were painted or was this the result of the smoke output?  I figure while I have these things stripped down I might as well get the paint or weathering correct.  Anyone from Jersey Central territory know for certain?

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On Railphotos there are two photos of CNJ RDC 551.  The one taken in 1956 clearly indicates that, in that year, the roof was unpainted stainless steel.  The one taken in 1975 looks like the roof of the end cap is black.  It's an end shot and does not show the rest of the roof or the radiator hump, so it's impossible to tell whether it is from oily blow-by in the exhaust, or from black paint.

Tom

 

Superintendent, High Plains Division (O Gauge) 

The Panhandle & Santa Fe Railway Co.

Lone Star Hi-Railers

Santa Fe, All the Way

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