Paint scheme for a 1960 or later CN tool shed ?

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  1. Biased turkey

    Biased turkey Active Member

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    I'm ready to assemble my 1st N scale laser cut wood kit.
    Start small think big, so I decided to start with a small tool shed.
    Could someone please tell me where I could find a picture for such a CN structure.
    My rolling stock is mostly 40' boxcars with the CN noodle logo
    I checked the CNR SIG but all I could find was pics ef engines and rolling stock.

    Jacques
  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Some of Ian Wilson's "Steam..." books have colour photos, and there's another series (name escapes me) of colour photos of CNR and CPR.

    From what I recall (will check later) you can't go wrong with box car red for wood structures.


    Andrew
  3. Biased turkey

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    Thanks Andrew for taking some of your valuable time to reply.
    I think I finally found what I'm looking for.
    If someone is interested, the link is the one from the very interesting website about Nova Scotia's railway heritage.
    http://www.novascotiarailwayheritage.com/photos.htm

    It looks like the color scheme of the Louisdale depot should look nice.


    Jacques

    Here is the picture

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  4. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Early diesel = late steam. The CN noodle was not introduced until 1960, so if you are aiming for late 50's you might still be looking at hold-outs from 1930s to 1950...

    Andrew
  5. Biased turkey

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    I found another good looking one too.
    Which one do you prefer ?

    Jacques

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  6. Biased turkey

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    Thanks Andrew for raising that point.
    I changed the thread title to match my rolling stock era.

    Jacques
  7. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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  8. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Looked in two of my Ian Wilson books - colour section. As of 1959, all wood buildings seem to be painted box car red. Signs are black on white. Buildings built of other materials seem to be the colour of the material - i.e. concrete or brick.

    So unless they had a concerted effort to change everything overnight, you cold probably get away with sheds being box car red. I think they would have concentrated on the stations and other "public" building first in their re-painting campaign.

    Hope that helps.

    Andrew
  9. Biased turkey

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    Andrew, thanks for the additional information. But I'm more ... confused now.
    You suggest to paint the shed boxcar red, but after checking the 2 links about the CN Alder station I see that it was painted gray and "The Interchange" mentions the 1961 date.
    Do I miss something here.
    By the way, that Alder station looks great.

    Jacques
  10. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    No you did not miss anything. I think that you can go with either colour:

    1959 - Everything is box car red (as per Ian Wilson).
    1960 - New logo and colour scheme introduced.

    I am suggesting that not everything got painted overnight. Perhaps they concentrated on "public" buildings first - like the Alder station.

    So if your tool shed (low priority for CN?) is still red, it's still believable.

    Bottom line - either way is probably ok. After all, even though the noodle scheme was adopted, they did not instantly paint all the locos that way. Some retained the green and gold into the 1970s.


    Andrew
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    Here's the Grimsby, Ontario CNR station in the mid-'70s:
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    and the Dundas, Ontario station at about the same time:
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    I believe that the latter one was Insulbrick, but I also recall many trackside structures being painted boxcar red.

    Wayne
  12. Biased turkey

    Biased turkey Active Member

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    Thanks a lot for those pictures Wayne. I added them to my starting collection of CN structures pictures.

    I finally decided to go with the gray paint scheme for that CN tool shed.
    Thanks again for your help Andrew.

    I'll post pics of the shed when it is finished.

    Jacques