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Information for Railroad Preservationists

Big E Productions, LLC supports historic railroad preservation projects. As part of our support, we'll host materials that may be useful in restoration efforts, free for downloading for your personal use. Please refer to our Terms of Use for additional information.

The largest project is a paint and color cross reference of historic paint codes by railroad. This reference is continuously updated as we receive more historic information as well as current formulations. If you would like to contribute paint and color information or suggest corrections to this project, please feel free to contact us via our Contact page.

Also, if you have any documentation that you would like for us to post, please contact us via our Contact page.

The info below is presented in no particular order at this time. Click or tap the thumbnails below to open or download the document. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed to view some of these files.

Paint & Color

Railroad Paint & Color Cross Reference

Color Chart Updated 06/21/2021. Prototype paint and color cross reference. 8-1/2" X 14" PDF format.

Murphy Varnish Company

Murphy Varnish ColorsCoach and Railway Varnishes and Colors. Published 1897. 8-1/2" X 11" PDF format.

Links to More Color Information:

Pacific Coast Narrow Gauge. West coast narrow gauge colors from 1860 to 1920 researched by Randy Hees and Andrew Brandon. Colors are matched to Pantone colors for sample convenience. A huge database of paint codes, 1922 to current, for cars, trucks, fleets, appliances, you name it (except railroads). However, some automotive colors crossed into the railroad world and visa-versa. Searchable and includes cross references to DuPont, Ditzler/PPG, Martin Senour, Acme Rogers, Sherwin Williams and others. Dupont Paint Information. Don Strack's brief overview of the history of DuPont Dulux and Duco.


AAR 1970 Lubrication Manual

Lubrication ManualAll the up-to-date information on plain bearing journals as of 1970. 8-1/2" X 11" PDF format.

U.S. Army Technical Manual TM 55-203

U.S. Army TM 55-203Maintenance of Railway Car, last issue 1972. 8-1/2" X 11" PDF format.

San-O-Cab Heater Instructions

San-O-Cab Heater InstructionsOperating instructions for the Walton Products Company San-O-Cab heaters. Artwork is not an exact duplicate but very close. Originally screen printed on 8-1/2" X 11" brushed aluminum sheet. 8-1/2" X 11" PDF format suitable for screen printing or clear adhesive vinyl.

Vapor Caban Heater Manual, 1977

Vapor Caban Heater ManualInstallation, Operating, Maintenance and Parts Information for Model TCHA-55 Caban Heater.

Permitted links to other websites with usefull information, in no particular order:

Railroad Passenger Car Alliance Resource Library. Manuals and other documentation that may be useful in restoration projects.

George Elwood's Fallen Flags and Other Railroad Photos, Operator Manuals web page with locomotive operator, maintenance and other manuals.