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From: "Paul R DOT Tupaczewski" paultup AT comcast DOT net
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2008 20:27:16 -0400
Subject: RE: (erielack) Blue RBL and Orange 5000 series Cars
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As promised, here are shots of the two series. I mis-remembered the color of
the RBLs, they were simply solid orange.

359021 is a Lou Schultheis shot (posted to this very list, if memory serves
me) is a former 5000-series reefer, while 360601 is a former 69275-series (I
knew I got that wrong the first time I entered it!) "blue" RBL. Note the
wheel on the 360601, added shortly after CR in order to make the door easier
to turn (I believe there are photos of a car in EL blue paint with such a
wheel, by Larry DeYoung, in the Erie Railfan article about the blue cars)

- Paul

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tupaczewski, Paul R (Paul) []
> Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2008 1:42 PM
> To: EL Mail List
> Cc: Paul R. Tupaczewski
> Subject: RE: (erielack) Blue RBL and Orange 5000 series Cars
> > Mike or Paul,
> > Not sure if this has been asked before, but what happened to these
> > cars after Conrail. Were they all painted in to the CR
> fleet with EL
> > initial & road #s painted up in the right corner of the box
> car side.
> > I still see a some of xEL auto parts box cars running
> around with this
> > lettered.
> > TIA
> > Jerry Custer
> > ELHS 2603
> Jerry,
> Both of these classes eventually got CR paint, and per CR
> standards, the cars were painted a yellow-orange color with
> brown-red ends. One of the 5000-series "Cool Whip" cars even
> got a one-of-a-kind all-white paint job with blue ends and
> lettering. It was a prototype car that CR rebuilt with
> satellite tracking for constant monitoring.
> I have photos of some of these at home that I'll post later
> tonight, hopefully. :)
> - Paul


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