John, the last colors that the interior of 1008 was painted was: walls and interior roof yellow, cabinets and bunks brown. We are getting ready to do some limited painting on the frame prior to its final assembly and we will then move to the running gear and then the body. I have done some work on the cupola and some green was found under yellow on the interior roof. The floor is unfinished just dirt and oil.
The colors at the museum are...."Rock Island Maroon".....and...."Dijon Mustard"?!?
I have learned to take many museum and tourist operations renditions with a grain of salt. Colors off, or just wrong, hardware substituted rather than replaced, wrong fonts, incorrect stencils, improper placement....what research verified the interior paint? Now, did you remember to get your paint chips?
John - 1006 in Silver Plume had a white and red interior when I visited her to do research for my restoration of 1008. At that time many thought that the South Park bobbers were painted white, Randy Hees offered to do a color study on a piece of 1008’s siding. Randy found several reds but the color which was under it all was yellow. The group working on 1006 found the same thing, but a much better example under a facia board covering the door header. Not only did the yellow color appear but also a sample of the car number and lettering style, a great find. I’m pretty sure they posted this on the NGDF with a photo and also on their Facebook page. The yellow we found on the exterior of 1008 appears to be the same as we found on its interior.
There has been a lot of very informative discussion regarding these cars on this forum, be sure to check some of the previous posts.
The color Rock Island Maroon is not a joke. When repainting was being done on the 1006, Dale Buxton, who was a volunteer there, took an original paint chip from the 1006, on a part that had not received any repaint and took it down to the original Caboose Hobbies, where he worked.
He compared his paint chip to every Railroad color that was available at that time. The match was Rock Island Maroon. Not that big a stretch if you remember that Rock Island Maroon was a fancy name for Box Car Red (go and look at it).
As for Dijon Mustard, what else are you going to call that color. I don't think that museum goers will accept Baby S**t Yellow as a legitimate color, at least not in their guide books.
On the subject of diagnosing the color, I humbly submit that this is more than likely a color of calf scours which we can type here with all confidence of not being censored.
Obviously the railroad had been involved rather intimately with the movement of cattle, and some may have found some of the colors produced as a result of transport somehow inspiring, arriving at the color we are attempting to identify.
Certainly some "chips" should be easily obtainable for comparison!!!