Painting Structures in Proper LIRR Colors
by Nicholas Kalis
An article submitted for publication in the Semaphore
In the October 2001 installment of The
Long Island Rail Road
Modeler, Mike Boland was kind enough to reprint Paul
Backenstose’s article on “Capturing the Flavor of the PRR on Your Model”.
Paul’s article was about structures. Because of the influence of the PRR on
the LIRR, modelers should find Paul’s message useful. Paul goes on to give us
recipes for what he describes as PRR Structure Color Light and PRR Structure
I would like to focus on what are the proper colors for
modeling structures of the Long Island Railroad. George J. Abere, Jr. captured
Yard A as it appeared in 1954 (See March 2002 of the Long Island Rail Road Calendar). All three yard structures – the
sand bin, the Car Repair Storehouse, and the Yard Office are painted white in
George’s color photograph.
I have also perused photos of the Blissville Freight
Station (David Keller, 1970) and
(David Keller, 1970) that show both concrete masonry block buildings painted
white. Carrying on this theme, photos of the Sixth Street Yard (Float Yard) show
the Yardmaster’s building as painted white. I can only conclude during the
1950s through early 1970s, the official LIRR paint scheme for non-passenger
related structures, at least those of brick or block, was white.
When pressed, J. J. Earl seems to recall that the wooden
Arch Street Freight House was cream color above a horizontal dividing line (at
about 40 inches above ground level) and hunter green below. (Email from J. J.
Earl to Nicholas Kalis,
May 21, 2001
) A later photograph by Bill Myers of the
shows it painted blue.
Can any of our readers fill in the missing pieces of this