D&RGW Steel Caboose Paint Schemes
This page was last updated on November 15, 2002.
Original paint schemes
(Click on a number series for a number-by-number review of later paint schemes)
|Riveted||Welded||Wood Frame||Rubber Frame|
|01410-01419||X||X||two yellow stripe||1941|
|01480-01490||X||X||single black stripe||1959|
|01500-01514||X||X||single black stripe||1966|
Roof Color -- Although all of the gold and silver cabooses received a silver roof, they very soon became dirty and looked like they were painted black. All originally had silver roofs.
First steel caboose with the Aspen Gold and silver, with four black stripes scheme
The first D&RGW caboose in the gold and silver with four black stripes paint scheme was D&RGW 01402, completed in June 1956. At the same time, it received sealed windows using rubber frames with rounded corners. The cupola side windows retained their original wood frames.
First steel caboose with the Aspen Gold and silver, with a single black stripe scheme
The first D&RGW steel caboose with the single black stripe scheme was likely D&RGW 01480, built by D&RGW in their Burnham shops in July 1959. (First use of black single stripe on freight cars was on repainted 40-foot boxcars in August 1956.)
First steel caboose with the all-orange "Action Road" scheme
Freshly painted in orange D&RGW 01426 was identified in a March 1972 photo as being the first caboose to receive the all-orange paint scheme.