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Great image, Marc, thanks:nhrhta wrote: The yellow painted EP-5 had black trucks. This isn't the greatest image, but its one of only two color photos of this unit that I am familiar with. The other color photo was reproduced in my book "The New Haven Railroad in the McGinnis Era". This image clearly shows that the trucks on this one-of-a-kind unit were black:
I have a copy of the railroad's painting & lettering diagram for the yellow unit and the only colors referenced are yellow, black, and white.
Marc J. Frattasio
Marc:nhrhta wrote: Its hard to say where the story about the chartruse trucks originally came from. I know that this was referenced in a feature article about the EP-5s published in the NHRHTA's Shoreliner magazine in 1977 and its possible that other people picked it up from there and then carried it along over the years.
The photographic evidence certainly doesn't show it. There are at least four different color photos that I know about that show the yellow painted unit at the GE plant. In addition to the one that I posted above there's also the image that was in "The New Haven Railroad in the McGinnis Era" and two more (all four are different views) that were in the nice softcover book about the EP-5s that was published by N. J. International in 1991. All clearly show that the yellow unit had black trucks.
I've had access to a substantial amount of Herbert Matter's original design material for the McGinnis era design project on the New Haven Railroad, including some of the very earliest material, and everything I've ever seen was executed in combinations of blue, black, and white or yellow, black, and white or red, black, and white. I've never seen a fourth color.
I strongly suggest that anybody who is interested in learning more about the design program that resulted in the color scheme for the EP-5s check out an article called "Noticed the New Haven?" that was published in the January/February 1956 issue of Industrial Design magazine. Among the places that I know to have this issue in their files are the Boston Public Library and the Rhode Island School of Design.
Marc J. Frattasio