I have started to restore a Lionel #450 Signal Bridge. I'm going to be using this with my Fastrack system. I already ordered GRJ's Train Presence Sensor. My intention is to repaint this bridge and add LED lighting (if possible) in the hopes to get rid of the heat that is produced by incandescent bulbs. This bridge came to me with lots of surface rust and some minor pitting. I've already blasted the metal parts clean and I'm ready to start painting. I'm lucky in the fact there is no zinc pest in the lamp housing.
So here's my question...Do I repaint the signal bridge black as it was back in the day or do I paint it in the more modern silver? All of the signaling devices for the RR in my area is in the BNSF silver. If I do the silver, my plan is to 'weather' the area where the exhaust would turn it black.
What say you all?