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    The L&N had its "paint stripped" off and repainted so many times, it was known as THE RAINBOW FLEET. If an historian was asked to name, from memory, all of the paint schemes used by the L&N, he/she would surely have a panic attack. Beginning with the switchers in 1939 and ending with the Family Lines in 1982, L&N units wore so many different schemes that OLD RELIABLE units RIVALED OTHER multi-hued roads, such as Lehigh Valley and Rock Island.

    If you disregard the "temporary schemes, experimentals and oddball variations", the L&N basically went through four distinct paint scheme eras...the Blue/Black and Cream Era, Black and Blue Era, Gray and Yellow Era, and The Family Lines Scheme.

    Happy Railroading...pass it on!

    Debbie



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    Debbie,

    Once again, your information is greatly appreciated! Thanks so much.

    Later.



    Wolv33

    CEO Midwestern Double-line Railroad

    http://members.fortunecity.co.uk/wolv33/mwdlrr.html



    Wolv33

    CEO Midwestern Double-line Railroad

    http://members.fortunecity.co.uk/wolv33/mwdlrr.html

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    • #3
      Which prompts a question . . .

      L&N had a sizeable locomotive fleet (duh-uh!); yet, going through a quick check of photos, I note there seems to have been relatively little overlapping of paint schemes. Any idea of just how long it took to repaint those engines as they transitioned through those separate schemes?

      -- Paul

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      • #4
        Do I know how long each repaint took? No, I don't! From what I have learned, there was about 43 years of repaints going on. Some were "quickie" repaints, some just had the heralds changed, etc. There were more than just the four distinct schemes...when you figure in the variations, experiments and others...there were more than 30 at least! Sometimes, as with many railroads, you could see several paint schemes running together at one time.

        This probably didn't answer you question, as I'm not even sure what your question exactly was. You mentioned "going through a quick check of photos"...are you referring to a book, and if so, which one?

        Any help here would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

        Thanks Guys for your time and comments!

        Happy Railroading...pass it on!

        Debbie



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        • #5
          Don't feel bad, Debbie, as I'm no longer so sure what my original question was, either! (What was in that jug?)

          Basically, though, inspired by your original posting, I checked photos in a couple of websites (L&N Historical, obviously, along with the Fallen Flags site at http://gelwood.railfan.net/), and it struck me that, unlike many photos of other roads' equipment, there didn't seem to be many group shots in which the engines wore different paintschemes

          And that led me to wonder whether L&N was more aggressive than a lot of other railroads, particularly with the major paintscheme changes, when it came to repainting their equipment, as opposed to doing it as part of each individual engine's scheduled in-service shopping.

          -- Paul

          PS That's one of the great things about a forum like this one: One thought suddenly spurs another question which leads to yet another thought which leads . . .

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          • #6
            Hi Paul,

            I checked the fallen flags site (which was already in my favorites) and noticed locomotives in the same picture with several different paint schemes. The paint schemes and the variations are spelled out in the "Louisville and Nashville Diesel Locomotives", by Charles B. Castner, Ronald Flanary and Lee Gordon, published by TLC.

            They were fairly aggressive in the repaints after acquiring the NC&StL. At one point, it's noted that they even ran out of paint...so "some" of the paint schemes were slightly off.

            Thanks and Happy Railroading,

            Debbie


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            • #7
              Yeah,

              Going back through those photos, I did notice more of those multiple paint schemes in the photos. (What can I say? I was probably half asleep the first time, plus you've got a better eye than I -- spotting the "mystery engine" as a GP-8 that time!)

              -- Paul

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