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Freight Car Color Index

Freight Car Color Index

The following index is an Excel file showing all of the standard freight car colors in alphabetical order by railroad that is currently in stock and what is due to be manufactured in 2013.

TCP NUMBER (TCP-)

RAILROAD

REPORTING MARKS

COLOR

RELEASE DATE

FREIGHT CAR TYPE & DATE

222

Alton Route

ALTON

1937-50's Frt. Car Red

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-50's

244

Atlantic Coast Line

ACL

1935-43 Frt. Car Red

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-60's

177

American Refrig. Transit

n/a

Art Reefer Yellow

Current

All Reefers

194

Baltimore & Ohio

C&O/B&O

1937-49 Frt. Car Brown

Current

40' Boxcars, 1937-49

179

Baltimore & Ohio

C&O/B&O

Gray

Current

Hoppers

218

Bangor and Aroostook

BAR

1900-50's Frt. Car Red

Current

40' Boxcars, 1900-50's

198

Boston & Maine

B&M

1925-50's Frt. Car Red

Current

40' Boxcar, 1925-50's

207

Buffalo Creek

BCK

Frt. Car Red, ALL

Current

40' & 50' Boxcars, all years

196

Canadian National

CN

1937-60's Frt. Car Brown

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-60's

210

Central New Jersey

CNJ

1937-60's Frt. Car Red

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-60's

185

Central of Georgia

C of G

1937-60's Frt. Car Brown

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-60's

219

Chesepeake & Ohio

C&O/B&O

1945-50's Frt. Car Red

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1945-60's

189

Chicago & Eastern Illinois

C&EI

1937-60's Frt. Car Brown

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-60's

183

Chicago & North Western

C&NW

1937-60's Frt. Car Brown

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-60's

240

Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (Burlington)

CB&Q

1938-50's Frt. Car Brown

TBA

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1938-50's

86

Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (Burlington)

CB&Q

Chinese Red for Boxcars

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, all years

190

Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha

CMO

1937-60's Frt. Car Brown

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-60's

242

 

       

195

Colorado & Wyoming

C&W

Frt. Car Red

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, all years

239

Cotton Belt

SSW

1945-60's Frt. Car Red

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1945-60's

215

Erie

EL

1937-60's Frt. Car Brown

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-60's

241

 

 

 

 

 

184

Frisco

SLSF

1937-60's Frt. Car Brown

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-60's

187

Grand Trunk Western

GTW

1937-60's Frt. Car Brown

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-60's

214

Great Northern

GN

1930-45 Frt. Car Red

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1930-45

246

Gulf, Mobile & Northern

GM&N

1935-40 Frt. Car Red

Current

40' Auto Boxcars, 1935-40

192

Gulf, Mobile and Ohio

GM&O

1937+ Frt. Car Brown

Current

40' and 50' Single DoorBoxcars, 1937 onward

247

Gulf, Mobile and Ohio

GM&O

1937-49 Frt. Car Red

Current

40' Auto Boxcars, 1937-49

205

Illinois Central

IC

1937-60's Frt. Car Red

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-60's

199

Illinois Terminal

ITC

1937-50's Frt. Car Brown

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-50's

234

Indiana Harbor Belt

IHB

1937-60's Frt. Car Red

TBA

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-60's

181

Kansas City Southern

KCS

1937-60's Frt. Car Brown

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-60's

202

Kansas City Southern

KCS

1950-60's's Frt. Car Red

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1950-60's

250

Lehigh Valley

LV

1935-540's Frt. Car Brown

Current

40' Boxcars, 1935-50's

186

Louisville & Nashville

L&N

1937-60's Frt. Car Brown

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-60's

203

Maine Central

MEC

1930-50's Frt. Car Red

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1930-50's

102

Maine Central

MEC

Pine Green, all years

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-60's

103

Maine Central

MEC

Harvest Yellow, all years

Current

50' Boxcars, 1950-60's

213

Milwaukee Road

MILW

1930-60's Frt. Car Brown

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1930-60's

162

Milwaukee Road

MILW

Hopper Yellow

Current

Covered Hopper, all years

139

Missouri Pacific

MP

1950-60's Boxcar Red

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1950-60's

188

Missouri, Kansas, Texas

MKT

1937-60's Frt. Car Brown

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-60's

223

Monon

MON, CIL

Frt. Car Red, ALL

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, all years

98

Montana Rail Link

MRL

Blue

Current

50' & 60' Boxcars, all years

97

Montana Rail Link

MRL

Gray

Current

Hoppers, all years

220

Nacional de Mexico

NdeM

1937-50's Frt. Car Red

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-50's

236

Nashville Central & St. Louis

NC&StL

1938-50's Frt. Car Brown

TBA

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-50's

208

New Haven

NH

1930-50's Frt. Car Red

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1930-50's

221

New York Central

NYC

1937-50's Frt. Car Red

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-50's

43

New York Central

NYC

1959-60's Jade Green

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-60's

248

Nickel Plate

NKP

1938-50's Frt. Car Red

Current

40' ACF Single & Double Door Boxcars, 1938-50's

193

Northern Pacific

NP

1930-45 Frt. Car Brown

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1930-45

44

Penn Central

PC

Green

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1960+

209

Pennsylvania - NEW

PRR

1937-60's Frt. Car Brown

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-60's

245

Pere Marquette

PM

1935-48 Frt. Car Red

TBA

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1935-1948

235

Pittsburgh & Lake Erie

P&LE

1937-60's Frt. Car Red

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-60's

81

Railbox Corporation

RBOX

Yellow

Current

50' Boxcars, all years

78

Railroad Express Agency

REA

Green (Boxcars, Reefers & Pass.)

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-50's

237

Reading

RDG

1937-50's Frt. Car Red

TBA

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-50's

216

Rio Grande

D&RGW

1937-60's Frt. Car Red

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-60's

197

Rock Island

RI

1930-60's Frt. Car Brown

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1950-60's and hoppers

166

Rock Island

RI

Blue

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1950-60's

100

Rock Island

RI

Green

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-50's

19

Santa Fe

ATSF

Pre 1945 Brown

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1930-49

251

Santa Fe

ATSF

1945 Onward Frt. Car Brown

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-50's

212

Seaboard Air Line

SAL

1930-50's Frt. Car Red

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-50's

243

SOO Line

SOO

1940-60's Frt. Car Brown

TBA

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-60's

200

Soo Line

SOO

1949-55 Frt. Car Red

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1949-55

157

Soo Line

SOO

Off-White

Current

Covered Hopper, all years

211

Southern Pacific

SP

1937-60's Frt. Car Red

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-60's

224

Southern Railway

SOU

1938-50 Frt. Car Red

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1938-50

249

Spokane, Portland & Seattle

SP&S

1946-60 Frt. Car Red

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1946-60

238

Tennessee Central

TC

1937-60's Frt. Car Red

TBA

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-60's

201

Texas & New Orleans

T&NO

1949-55 Frt. Car Red

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1949-1955

180

Union Pacific

UP

1937-60's Frt. Car Brown

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-60's

191

Wabash

WAB

1937-60's Frt. Car Brown

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-60's

156

Western Fruit Express

WFE

Yellow, Reefers

October, 2013

40' & 50' Reefers, all years

99

Western Maryland

WM

1937-60's boxcar brown

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-50's

204

Western Pacific

WP

1937-60's Frt. Car Red

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1937-50's

217

Wheeling & Lake Erie

W&LE

1930-50's Frt. Car Red

Current

40' and 50' Boxcars, 1930-50's

13

z -Generic Color

n/a

Aluminum

Current

 

10

z -Generic Color

n/a

Black

Current

 

11

z -Generic Color

n/a

Boxcar Brown

Current

 

52

z -Generic Color

n/a

Caboose Red

Current

 

12

z -Generic Color

n/a

Chinese Red

Current

 

6

z -Generic Color

n/a

Concrete

Current

 

176

z -Generic Color

n/a

Dust

Current

 

88

z -Generic Color

n/a

Engine Maroon

Current

 

17

z -Generic Color

n/a

Flat

Current

 

18

z -Generic Color

n/a

Gloss

Current

 

85

z -Generic Color

n/a

Gold

Current

 

8

z -Generic Color

n/a

Graphite

Current

 

174

z -Generic Color

n/a

Grime

Current

 

9

z -Generic Color

n/a

Grimy Black

Current

 

80

z -Generic Color

n/a

Imitation Aluminum

Current

 

168

z -Generic Color

n/a

Iron Oxide

Current

 

89

z -Generic Color

n/a

Light Imitation Gold

Current

 

93

z -Generic Color

n/a

Oxide Brown

Current

 

225

z -Generic Color

n/a

Pass. Car Interior Cream

Current

 

231

z -Generic Color

n/a

Pass. Car Interior Dark Green

Current

 

230

z -Generic Color

n/a

Pass. Car Interior Dark Tan

Current

 

229

z -Generic Color

n/a

Pass. Car Interior Light Blue

Current

 

228

z -Generic Color

n/a

Pass. Car Interior Light Green

Current

 

226

z -Generic Color

n/a

Pass. Car Interior Light Pink

Current

 

227

z -Generic Color

n/a

Pass. Car Interior Light Tan

Current

 

7

z -Generic Color

n/a

Primer

Current

 

54

z -Generic Color

n/a

Pullman Green

Current

 

70

z -Generic Color

n/a

Reefer Orange

Current

 

69

z -Generic Color

n/a

Reefer Yellow

Current

 

82

z -Generic Color

n/a

Rich Oxide Brown

Current

 

76

z -Generic Color

n/a

Rust

Current

 

14

z -Generic Color

n/a

Satin

Current

 

77

z -Generic Color

n/a

Silver

Current

 

175

z -Generic Color

n/a

Sulfur

Current

 

15

z -Generic Color

n/a

Thinner

Current

 

16

z -Generic Color

n/a

Thinner- 2 Ounce

Current

 

53

z -Generic Color

n/a

Tuscan Red

Current

 

151

z -Generic Color

n/a

U. S. Battleship Gray

August, 2013

 

92

z -Generic Color

n/a

U. S. Navy Blue

Current

 

152

z -Generic Color

n/a

U.S. Army Desert Camoflage

August, 2013

 

91

z -Generic Color

n/a

U.S. Army Green

Current

 

79

z -Generic Color

n/a

Vermillion

Current

 

171

z -Generic Color

n/a

Weathered Black - Flat

Current

 

172

z -Generic Color

n/a

Weathered Concrete - Flat

Current

 

173

z -Generic Color

n/a

Weathered Iron Oxide (Rust - Flat)

Current

 

5

z -Generic Color

n/a

White

Current