Prototype colour schemes – Buildings, WW&FR



Completely re-written 01-03-2015 with information and the picture above provided by Chris McChesney, a noted Wiscasset modeller, and one of the authors of the Narrow gauge in the Sheepscot Valley series of books.

Chris writes: the picture above shows two models that have been painted correctly based on actual paint samples. The two Flag Stops seen on the left and right were built from Portland Locomotive Works wood kits.  The Upper Yard Section House in the middle was kit bashed to match Volume 1 Photos 116 and 117 (Sheepscot Valley) and the short piece of B&W movie of the same structure.  I chose to paint it in the original W&Q colours as there is no darker colour painted on the walls below the windows and it was built during W&Q time and there was no need to repaint it to WW&F colours as it is not a Station or Flag Stop.

W&Q 1893-1901 building colours: Mustard and Dark Red

Chris writes: in Volume 3 of Narrow Gauge in the Sheepscot Valley (pp. 108-109), Gary Kohler and I provided a great deal of information on the W&Q vs. WW&F colour schemes for stations based on a few colour photos and actual paint samples from several locations on the WW&F. We found that the W&Q scheme was actually a Mustard and Dark Red very similar to a sample from the F&M Ry. Men’s Section House in Bigelow.

We have since found actual colour samples of the W&Q “Mustard and Dark Red” in the original/upper part of the Albion station and below the green paint on shingles from the Head Tide Water Tank.  The “Dark Red” colour is more Red than Brown and is just like SR&RL Freight Car Red (which is very closely matched by Floquil’s AT&SF Red).

There is also a newspaper account of the Upper Yard Car Shop as being “Bright Yellow” (not the “Buff” that some have guessed).

WW&F 1901 onwards building colours: Light Green and Dark Green

Chris writes: the WW&F (1901 onwards) scheme was Light Green and Dark Green. The Dark Green does oxidize to a dark blue on the most extremely weathered edges, but for the most part it appears as Dark Green.

On WW&F (1902 onwards) structures I use straight Light Green (or Pale Green #4739 from Testors Model Master line) for the top colour and Dark Green (European 1 Dark Green #FS 43092 from Testors Model Master line) for the trim and bottom colour.  To accurately reproduce the oxidation noted above, any attempt at a weathered “Blue” should be restricted to dry brushing the very edges of the boards and shingles.

The following original text (some dating from 1999) is retained for reference:

What colors should I use to paint a depot for Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway in the 1920′s – 1933?

I see that Portland Locomotive Works has a light green and dark green on their Alna Center flag stop depot. Are those the correct colours? and if so what are they in Floquil, Polly-S etc. I can live with fairly close. Stephen Pinkham

The dark green/light bluish green is correct. I use Model Master Acryl 4739 Pale green with an extra drop of Polyscale 40452 MEC Green to darken it just a tad for the light green and PolyScale 505246 RAAF Foliage Green for the darker green. The RAAF green can also be used for the SR&RL green as it has the same FS number as the Model Masters enamel European Dark Green recommended for SR&RL and MEC buildings. For a brighter, freshly painted WW&F green and one that looks to me to be more like the bluish green that shows up in the few colour photos of WW&F structures around, I’ve used the PolyScale MEC Pine Green muddied a bit for scale effect with the PolyScale foliage green. -Jim P. HOn30


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