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D&RGW Steel Caboose Paint Schemes

This page was last updated on November 15, 2002.

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Original paint schemes

(Click on a number series for a number-by-number review of later paint schemes)

Original Paint
Riveted Welded Wood Frame Rubber Frame
01400-01409 X   X   all black 1940
01410-01419 X   X   two yellow stripe 1941
01420-01429 X   X   all black 1942
01430-01439 X   X   all black 1944
01440-01449 X   X   all black 1944-1945
01450-01459 X   X   all black 1947
01460-01469 X   X   all black 1951
01470-01479   X   X all black 1955
01480-01490   X   X single black stripe 1959
01500-01514   X   X single black stripe 1966
01515-01524   X   X all orange 1976

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

June 1956
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

July 1959
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

March 1972
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.