The Alphabet Route

Central Railroad of New Jersey


Prototype Painting Information


CNJ steam power was generally painted black with white lettering. Originally, the road number was painted on the side of the cab in small numbers, and on the side of the tender in large numbers. Above the road number was "C.R.R. of N.J.". Later, the road number was removed from the tender, and the "C.R.R. of N.J." was enlarged. When the "Statue of Liberty" logo was introduced in 1945, it appeared on the side of the tender, replacing the "C.R.R. of N.J.".

The exception to the black paint on steam power was the G3s and G4s classes of Pacifics. Both arrived in Nile Green paint. 3 were soon repainted Royal and Packard Blue for use on the Blue Comet train. In 1928 the G3s, and in 1930 the G4s also received a red and white oval logo on the tenders. The logos were gone by 1933, and by 1937, all of the locomotives were repainted to black.

CNJ diesels went through many variations. The Diesel Locomotive Unit list shows which of the following paint schemes each unit was used on that unit.

Scheme 1 Black:
Gold Leaf:
Date:
Carbody, undercarriage, trucks
Block gothic lettering "CRR of NJ"
1925
Scheme 2A Pullman Green:
Black:
Imitation Gold:
Date:
Carbody, pilot, steps
Undercarriage, trucks
Roman lettering "CRR of NJ"
1938-45
Scheme 2B Pullman Green:
Black:
Imitation Gold:
Date:
Carbody, pilot, steps
Undercarriage, trucks
Sparton Bold lettering JCL herald
1945-50
Scheme 3A Orange:
Blue:
Black:
Orange, red border:
Blue, red border:
Date:
Upper Carbody, Roof
Lower Carbody
Undercarriage, trucks
Sparton Bold lettering
Sparton Bold lettering JCL herald
1946-47
Scheme 3B Orange:
Blue:
Black:
Imitation Gold:
Blue:
Date:
Upper Carbody
Lower Carbody, Roof
Undercarriage, trucks
Sparton Bold lettering, JCL herald
Nose herald
1947-50
Scheme 3C Blue:
Orange:
Black:
Imitation Gold:
Date:
Carbody, pilots, steps
2 parallel 7" stripes
Undercarriage, trucks
Sparton Bold lettering, JCL herald
1948-50
Scheme 4A Green:
Black:
Imitation Gold:
Date:
Carbody, pilots, steps
Undercarriage, trucks
Sparton Bold lettering, JCL herald
1950-65
Scheme 4B Green:
Black:
Imitation Gold:
Date:
Carbody, pilots, steps
Undercarriage, trucks
2 parallel stripes, Sparton Bold lettering, JCL herald
1950-62
Scheme 4C Green:
Black:
Imitation Gold:
Date:
Carbody, pilots, steps
Undercarriage, trucks
V stripes on hood ends/pilots, Sparton Bold lettering, CRR Co. herald
1965
Scheme 4D Green:
Black:
Imitation Gold:
Date:
Carbody, pilots, steps
Undercarriage, trucks
Sparton Bold lettering, CRR Co. herald
1965-1969
Scheme 5A Blue:
Yellow:
Date:
Carbody, pilots, steps, undercarriage, trucks, fuel tanks
Side sill, Sparton Bold lettering, CRR Co. herald
1969-1972
Scheme 5B Blue:
Black:
Yellow:
Date:
Carbody, pilots, steps,
Undercarriage, trucks, fuel tanks
Side sill, Sparton Bold lettering, CRR Co. herald
1969
Scheme 5C Blue:
Yellow:
Date:
Carbody, pilots, steps, undercarriage, trucks, fuel tanks
Side sill, Sparton Bold lettering, CNJ on hood side, CRR Co. herald
1969
Scheme 5D Blue:
Silver:
Yellow:
Date:
Carbody, pilots, steps, undercarriage, fuel tanks
Trucks
Side sill, Sparton Bold lettering, CNJ on hood side, CRR Co. herald
1972-1976
Scheme 5E Blue:
Silver:
Yellow:

Date:
Carbody, pilots, steps, undercarriage, fuel tanks
Trucks
V nose stripes, side sill, Sparton Bold lettering,
CNJ on hood side, CRR Co. herald
1972-1976
Scheme 6A Red:
Black:
White:
Date:
Carbody, hood side herald
pilots, steps, undercarriage, trucks
Side sill, 3 hood side panels, lettering
Jan 1972
Scheme 6B Red:
Black:
White:
Date:
Carbody, hood side herald
pilots, steps, undercarriage, trucks
Side sill, step, V nose stripes, 3 hood side panels, lettering
Aug 1972
Scheme 6C Red:
Black:
White:
Date:
Carbody, hood side herald
pilots, steps, undercarriage, trucks
Side sill, V nose stripes, 3 hood side panels, lettering
Jan 1972
Scheme 6D Red:
Black:
White:
Date:
Carbody, pilots, steps
undercarriage, trucks
Cab side herald, Spartan Bold lettering
Mar 1975
Scheme 6E Red:
Black:
White:
Date:
Carbody, pilots, steps
undercarriage, trucks
Hood side herald, herald accent stripes, V nose stripes, lettering
Jan 1976
Scheme 6F Red:
Black:
White:
Date:
Carbody, pilots
undercarriage, trucks, steps
Hood side herald, herald accent stripes, V nose stripes, lettering
Nov 1975
Scheme 6G Red:
Black:
White:
Date:
Carbody, pilots, steps
undercarriage, trucks
Hood side herald, V nose stripes, lettering
Dec 1974
Scheme 6H Red:
Black:
White:
Date:
Carbody, pilots, steps
undercarriage, trucks
Hood side herald, herald accent stripes, lettering
July 1974
Scheme 7 Light Green:
Yellow:
Black:
Date:
Lower carbody, pilots, steps
Upper carbody, cab numbers and initials
Undercarriage, trucks
Aug 1973
Scheme 8 Pullman Green:
Yellow:
Black:
Date:
Carbody, pilots, steps
cab numbers and heralds/initials
Undercarriage, trucks
May 1974



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