|Using color to design an identity|
Prototype roads never have their rolling stock in the same paint scheme simultaneously, and the same is true on the Cape Ann. Two color schemes (Phase 1 and Phase 2) are in use, composed of three colors: moss (light) green, meadow (dark) green, and black. The back story is that old Phase 1 cars are repainted Phase 2 as they are shopped for other work. The paint is all Rustoleum 'Painter's Touch' spray paint (no airbrush here) - which is marked as 'safe for plastics'. We have been very pleased with it as it provides consistent color, ease of application, resists peeling from masking tape, and provides a nice hard shell for decal application.
Phase 1 (unnamed) scheme: This is the 'older' scheme. It appears on all GP-18's, a few F7's, and about 1/4 of the Cape Ann railcars. It also appears on all railroad buildings. Locomotives are dark green over light green. Freight cars and cabooses are the reverse.
Phase 1 locomotive and caboose
Phase 1 freight cars
Phase 1 railroad building: Cape Ann station
Phase 2 "New Century" scheme This is, obviously, the newer scheme. It appears on most F7's and all BL-2's. Locomotives are black over dark green. Freight cars and cabooses are the reverse. The light green is no longer used.
Phase 2 F7A and caboose
Phase 2 BL-2
Phase 2 freight cars
home Revised Aug 1 2014