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AstroGoat760
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Soo Line Steam Question

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With my pending work on painting some old HP steamers to be Soo Line locomotives, I have come to a sticking point:

What colour do I paint the smokebox?

I have seen pictures of dark grey smokeboxes, black smokeboxes, and silver smokeboxes?

Which is the more correct option?

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James
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AstroGoat760 wrote:<snip>I have seen pictures of dark grey smokeboxes, black smokeboxes, and silver smokeboxes?
Which is the more correct option?s
The one that matches the photo you are basing your model on!
Seriously; The use of black paint, graphite (dark grey) and silver on smokeboxes varied over time.. and differed for each railroad.

A 'typical' pattern might be:
  • Black up through the 1920s (labor to repaint was cheap and locomotives were well-maintained)
  • Graphite through the 1930's and 40's (was thought to show the soot less... easier to maintain)
  • Silver in the late 40s to 1950s... (heat resistant silver paint became common after WW2)
Locomotives assigned to passenger service were always more likely to have a nice paint job...
including a freshly painted or graphited smokebox.
A smaller freight engine assigned to the far end of a branch line would often look pretty dreary,
with accumulated heat, steam, and cinders/soot damage to the smokebox finish.

So: What are you?; When are you?; and Where are you???? YMMV
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