Passenger Station Paint Guide

Union Pacific issued this paint guide for passenger and freight stations in 1956. The guide includes color chips and references to Pittsburgh paint numbers. Exteriors were to be off-white with Kentucky green trim and wainscoting. Station agents were given a choice of interior colors: sunny yellow, seafoam green, blossom pink (more of a beige), and como blue.

Click image to download a 1.2-MB PDF of this brochure.

Most of the paint chips seem to have retained their colors, but I question the chip representing Kentucky green as it appears almost black in my scan. As shown below, at least one of the two images of Kentucky green (Pittsburgh paint number 1-338) I can find on line is much lighter.

A close up of the Kentucky green paint chip.

A house with Kentucky green trim, from a 1942 Pittsburgh Paint booklet.

Leave a Reply