Blue Paint? (NW Mailing List)

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Thu Oct 16 18:35:28 EDT 2008

 We use yellow paint on a tieplate and rail to designate the end of a tangent,at the beginning of a curve and at the full body(highest elevation reached) and back down to the end of said curve before entering the next tangent. The paint is accompanied by marks on the rail that inform us on how many feet to reach a certain elevation in the curve,(ex. 00-300 feet>4inch) meaning from 0 elevation you have to gradually put enough lift in the track over a span of 300 feet to reach 4 inch elevation at the highest point in the curve.
Could this M-O-W yellow paint that they didn't want to be confused with? I have only seen red paint used with Sperry and NS inspection trains these days.
Gary Price
Keeping the ole' N&W tie at a time.

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Subject: Blue Paint? (NW Mailing List)
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Date: Sunday, October 12, 2008, 5:30 PM

Ben and Dave,
C&S Dept. used yellow paint until the 90's. I was in the office then
part of my job was working with standards. I was given a note from the AVP
Maintenance of Way for handling. It seems MofW was using yellow paint on
the rail also. I believed it had something to do with rail defects found
with the Sperry car. If I remember right red paint meant immediate
replacement, yellow paint was sprayed on a less urgent defect. In any case,
being the inferior group, WE had to change. I sent a note back asking about
orange or white. They were turned down too....other uses by MofW. I then
sent a rather terse note back to the AVP, asking him if there was ANY part
of the color spectrum that C&S could use. I got an equally terse reply.
So blue it was and still is. I didn't like it because it was harder to
but being the lesser group, C&S had to again bow to the wishes of M of W.
(Actually I had more friends than foes in MofW so I'm not hateful.
just the way it is. We're often in a turf war and with fewer troops.)
We put blue in the standards. And ironically some MofW supervisor made the
mistake of using blue paint for something on the track. We got word of it
and balked ...successfully I might add.

John Marbury
Buford, GA

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The blue paint is identification marks for signal maintainers and
Maintainence of Way forces.? As far as I know, it is not used for anything
to do with rail or track removal.?
Ben Blevins

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Subject: Blue Paint?
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Date: Friday, October 10, 2008, 8:30 PM

Does any one know the significance of a patches of blue paint (approx
on the sides of the rails?? A friend of mine asked the question after seeing
the paint on?NS rails near the southside of Milford, OH.? For those of you
familiar with the area it is on the track near the WalMart along Roundbottom
Road?near?Highway 50.? I believe this was part of the old N&W that led to
Portsmouth.? I have not been able to get down the the site to see it for
myself.? My friend thought that it may indicate that the track was slated to
be removed at that point.
Dave Moorehead
Milford, OH

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