MEC407 wrote:I saw one of the dark blue dip Pan Am boxcars (BM reporting marks) in South Portland today, and I almost had to do a double-take. The paint is ALREADY fading. The glossiness was completely gone and the color had faded to a weird greenish blue, and a couple of shades lighter.I wonder if this issue is related to a lack of surface preparation. I have to think that leaving old paint and oxidation beneath the new surface would have some kind of an effect.
The paint job can't be more than two and a half years old. This has to be a new record for fading.
strangelyamused wrote:On the subject of the logos on the new blue dip car logos, i think that some of the cars without logos or with missing elements such as the globe may be that way because they are applying the logos after the cars have been rolling around, for whatever reason.GE Railcar in Pennsylvania is doing an overhaul on the blue dips. I'm not sure whats involved, but I imagine they reline the cars, or at least make needed repairs, and make sure the car is in good mechanical order and then paint them. All they apply is car information, reporting marks, weight and load limit, build date, paint date, etc...When they get back to Pan Am and have some down time they can be cycled through for logos. Pan Am applies all non-essential information to the cars (which boils down to logos and workmarks).
CN9634 wrote:Pan Am is one of the only 'large' railroads in the US reinvesting in its boxcar fleet to bolster paper traffic.By "reinvesting" are you referring to the repainting?
strangelyamused wrote:As I mentioned above: overhaul. Relining, mechanical updates, etc...Unlike a locomotive, a paper box has little to go wrong mechanically, but needs good doors, roof and lining to keep product dry. These things get taken care of in Pennsylvania, and the cars come back in good shape for long term use. I believe their gray "weeping G" boxes got a similar job when they were dipped a few years ago. Those stored in Oakland and elsewhere will likely get similar treatment if the demand for paper boxes rises. They also have hundreds of leased boxes, TR's, LW's, GMRC's, etc, that they lease, instead of a customer leasing. Unlike locomotives and track speeds, good, dry boxes are an absolute essential. Paper can take a few more days to get there, but it has to get there dry and undamaged.CN9634 wrote:Pan Am is one of the only 'large' railroads in the US reinvesting in its boxcar fleet to bolster paper traffic.By "reinvesting" are you referring to the repainting?