Connects with. 5573.12 miles of track. With the mergers of the NC&StL(1957), TC(1969), C&EI(1969)and the Monon(1971)the L&N grew in size and diesels as well as different paint schemes. In 1972 the SCLI purchased all the common stock of the L&N. The SCLI was a combination of the merger of of the ACL and SAL in 1967 and consisted of the SCL, L&N, Clinchfield, Atlanta & West Point and the Western Railway of Alabama. For a time all roads maintained their own paint schemes. In November 1980 the CSX Corporation was formed from the Chessie System and the SCL System roads. In January 1983 the Seaboard System was formed from the 5 roads making up the SCL System.


These paint schemes are not comprehensive and do not include any merged road schemes or special paint schemes as applied by the L&N. All color mixes are based on PollyScale Acrylics paint numbers.
All bottle sizes are 1 fluid ounce size.
Capful refers to the cap on the bottle.
HK=Herald King decals for reference only these are no longer available.
MS=Microscale Decals
C=Custom made on Alps Printer LOUISVILLE & NASHVILLE solid black early freight & switcher scheme Black-Engine black # 414110 decals-MS #87-917 Units delivered in this scheme include: Beginning 1939 HH660, S1, S2, S4, Sw1, NW2, SW7, F3, F7, GE 70 tonner, VO660 and VO1000.
LOUISVILLE & NASHVILLE Blue and Cream Passenger Units Blue-C&O Enchantment Blue #414260 add engine black #414110 for older units. Cream-use decals or start with a 1/2 bottle of reefer white #414113, add two brushfulls caboose red #414128, two brushfulls reefer yellow #414122 and a brushfull of engine black #414110. decals MS #87-61(E & F Units) decals MS #87-639(Alco units) decals-MS #87-888(RS3 and GP units) Units delivered in this scheme include: Beginning 1942 E6, E7, E8, FP7, GP7, and GP9.
LOUISVILLE & NASHVILLE Black & Cream Freight Units Black-engine black # 414110 Cream-use decals or start with a 1/2 bottle of reefer white #414113, add two brushfulls caboose red #414128, two brushfulls reefer yellow #414122 and a brushfull of engine black #414110. decals MS #87-61(E & F Units) decals MS #87-639(Alco cab units) decals-MS #87-888(RS3 and GP units) Units delivered in this scheme include: Beginning 1950 F7, F9, GP7, GP9, GP18, FA2, FPA2, RS2, and RS3.
LOUISVILLE & NASHVILLE Blue & Silver Blue-C&O Enchantment Blue #414260 add engine black #414110 for older units. Silver-Bright silver #501990 decals MS #87-61(E Units) Units delivered in this scheme include: Beginning 1945 E7. LOUISVILLE & NASHVILLE solid black late freight scheme Black-Engine black # 414110 decals-MS #87-917 This scheme is for repaints of existing units: beginning 1958 F7, F9, FA2, GP7, GP9 and GP18. LOUISVILLE & NASHVILLE solid blue late passenger scheme Blue-C&O Enchantment Blue #414260 add engine black #414110 for older units. decals-MS #87-917 This scheme is for repaints of existing units: beginning 1958 E6, E7, E8, ex NC&St.L S/G F3, F7b and a few FP7.
ROAD All pass & freight units after 1962
Frame Engine black 414110
Trucks Engine black 414110
Body main color Gray-CSX gray #414218 add 1/2 cap reefer white #414113
Body second color Yellow-reefer yellow #414122
Body separator stripe None
Handrails, grabs Yellow-reefer yellow #414122
Lettering Yellow-edged black
Number boards Black/white numbers
Decals MS #87-824(E & F Units)
Decals MS #87-817(Early Scheme)
Decals MS #87-823(Late Scheme)
This scheme was used for repaints and new units. Repainted units began with the GP18's and included many others still on the roster. New units delivered in this scheme include: beginning 1962 GP30, GP35, GP38, GP38AC, GP40, SD35, SDP35, SD40, SD40-2, C420, C628, C630, U23b, U25b, U28b, U30b and B23-7.


Sam, the 20 gallons black enamel was for the running gear while the black lacquer was used for the carbody. I have listed the Dupont references below. On another line of thought I was looking at your SMRF Encyclopedia for SE paint schemes and could only see the Southern Railway. Do you have others? Or are you in need of data? I'm currently working on the L&N paint project of doom: Attempting to identify each unit and how many schemes each particular roadnumber wore during it's service life. I have broken this into diesel subtypes i.e. RS3s,F7s etc. etc. , but this is still way more than I ever bargained for. I am also in the midst of a clarification or refinement for lack of better verbage of Ron Flanary's L&N paint scheme classification system that was included in TLC's L&N Diesel Book . If any of this can be helpful to your cause let me know. Will be scanner compatible next month. Black Dulux Dupont Co. 88-762 Black Lacquer Dupont Co. 254-2234 Red Lacquer Dupont Co. 254-394M Orange Lacquer Dupont Co. 254-6273 Gold Lacquer Dupont Co. 254-35623 Beige Lacquer Dupont Co. 254-51021 There were two(2) suede gray enamels. One for the cab and the other for the inside of all engine compartment doors and surfaces. Craig E. Hatter


12/08/00 lnrr list I have copies of the original Alco diagrams from Alco Historic Photos. They show both the RS3s #'s 152,153, and 154 with blue paint, as well as FA2s #'s 350,351, 352, 383, and 384. The diagram for the FAs shows the script L&N on the side of the carbody. Since there is no known photographic evidence of either scheme, one would assume that this was like a default drawing based on previous EMD schemes and deliveries such as the FP7s and E units. Some mechanical officer covered all the bases for any given paint contingency with both builders. Craig E. Hatter 07/05/01 lnrr list Referring to my copy of the Alco painting/lettering diagram for the L&N FPA2 units, the paint color for the lettering is listed as duPont Co. Gold Duco, item number 254-35623; body color is given as Blue Duco, item number 254-2063; pilot is Black Duco, item number 254-2234; fuel tank and trucks - Black Dulux, item number 88-762. Item numbers are given for the beige, red and orange Duco colors if you need them. Brands of two different grays are even listed for cab and engine compartment interiors. Steve Johnson


08/15/00 lnrr list In a message dated 8/11/00 8:38:41 PM Eastern Daylight Time, tomstaggs@m... writes: << am modeling the late 50's period of L&N what kind of Airhorn would the FA2 Locomotives have. >> This may have been answered already, but most of my photos show the Nathan 5-chime horn on the FA's mounted dead center (not over the engineer's side as on the EMD F-units). -Tom Alderman


04/16/01 Light blue is the original caboose color. The first interior color that Bluegrass RR Museum was able to find on their M5 was light blue, about a robin's egg blue. David Morse


In the '31 Cyc., a steel coach had the roadname, with ampersand, in an extended Roman centered on the letter board. The car number was over the truck bolster at each end, under the windows. According to MR's "Color Chart" in the April '45 issue, all the passenger equipment was Pullman green on the sides, sash, trucks, steps, hand holds, drip molding, diaphragms, and the fronts of the underbody equipment. The rest of the underframe was black. The roof was dark brown (not black!). Lettering was imitation gold. According to a table in the Nov. 15, '47 RA, they got their streamlined trains Dixie Flagler and South Wind in 1940, and the Humming Bird and Georgian in '46. According to Andy Sperandeo (Oct. '87 MR), the L&N's Lebanon Branch local in 1947 still had heavyweights painted in Pullman green, as shown on a b&w photo by the Roman lettering. However, he said at that time, the road was starting to use blue and gold (and obviously a different font) on their lightweight cars. In the June '69 MR, the L&N themselves provided paint information for their rolling stock. The aluminum streamlined coaches were shown with gray roof, blue body, black tracks, and imitation gold lettering. There was a stripe along the bottom of the car but above the skirting, with another one just above the windows. The roadname, with ampersand, was in a script on the letter board. Stainless steel coaches were unpainted, with black lettering and gray trucks. These had the same roadname in Gothic. Bob Chapman had an article in the May '97 RMC on the coaches modernized by the L&N between '46 and '48, with a '48 photo showing the blue scheme. He used Floquil Dark Blue for the sides and also the sides of the clerestory. (In later years, the entire roof was painted gray.) A two-inch Dulux gold stripe was added along the bottom and another two inches below the windows, and a one inch stripe one inch above the windows.
S.A. McCall