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Re: [CBQ] Yellow Doors?

Subject: Re: [CBQ] Yellow Doors?
From: "Tad Blacketer" <>
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2022 14:51:48 -0600
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Doing some more comparison, I am starting to think the model was just painted incorrectly.  I don't know enough yet about models from this period. (What came painted...what didn't?)  It doesn't look like it was actually ever painted on the top and sides.  I think the yellow door might be an artistic choice.  It looks interesting, but probably not an accurate representation.

On Thu, Jan 13, 2022 at 6:18 PM Tad Blacketer via <> wrote:
I found a photo of an old Athearn HO steel CB&Q boxcar with a yellow door.  (See attached pic).  It looks like it was made in the 50's but can't make a clear reference. (Tried sifting through the old Athearn catalogs posted on HO seeker.)  I was curious if this was an original paint scheme or something someone just thought looked cool.  I found a discussion board talking about how CN had box cars with different color doors representing their usage (i.e., green = lumber).  I finally found these photos of CB&Q boxcars with yellow doors and wondered if there was a similar logic.   

On Thu, Jan 13, 2022 at 3:04 PM Jim Younger via <> wrote:
All the pics show DF boxcars (damage free).  Yellow door an identifier?

Jim Younger

On Jan 13, 2022, at 3:51 PM, Rupert Gamlen <> wrote:


Are these yellow or gold? Left over from the 1966 RPI Golden Freight Car Award? Is it coincidence that all three examples were XML-1’s?

Rupert Gamlen
Auckland NZ


From: <> On Behalf Of Tad Blacketer
Sent: Friday, 14 January 2022 8:36 am
Subject: [CBQ] Yellow Doors?


Quick question, I see pictures of red boxcars with yellow doors.  Did this symbolize something or was it just scavenged from the junkyard?  If the yellow meant something, were there other color-coded doors?  I have attached some photos I found online as a reference.  


--- TCB

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