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By the 50’s, the NYC was not a healthy entity,….so it was pretty much run what you brung,…..the named varnish still carried on with 2 tone gray, with some black diesels showing up from time to time as motive power was ushered into service……as far as freight, what ever was available to do the deed,……from the mid 40’s ( 46-47…..ish) Pacemaker fast freight was two tone red & gray ( cars only )  ,….this obviously carried over well into the 50’s …….they really stopped giving a crap about paint by the mid to late 50’s ……painting trains, and keeping them glamorous looking was more for the hey-day of railroad traffic, late 20’s thru the early 40’s when luxurious travel was primarily by rail,….flashy, colorful trains caught the public’s eye, and in turn, they’d spend their money traveling on those sleek & shiny train sets,…

Pat

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The paint schemes were the same except freight units were black with a light gray lightning stripe and passenger units were dark gray with a light gray lighting stripe.

The practice carried over to the simplified  "cigar band" scheme with freight units being black and passenger units dark gray, somewhere between 1957 and 1959.

I think NYC also painted three E8's in Jade Green with the cigar band.

Rusty

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