History of The Railroad

The Long Island Railroad started as part of the Pennsylvania Railroad  and 1950 the transistion started to make the Long Island railroad a separate company which lasted until 1965 when the Metropolitan Transportation Authority took over the company. The railroad had many different paint schemes during it's history and I hope to show most of them or at least describe the other paint schemes which the railroad tested or did use. Hopefully I can also show some of the unusal cars which the railroad has used.

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Symbol of the railroad during the PRR era.

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The Railroad Used The PRR colors

Green engines with yellow writing on it and the marroon color passenger cars. Above is a train with a Postal car delivering the mail.

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Above is a green engine with the transition color passenger cars in the background. The passenger cars were a different color grey than the later cars and were a lighter grey with a white roof and white inset windows.

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The first Logo of the railroad after it became a separate company.

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Above is my favorite color scheme. The grey is a lighter color than the later grey and the roof is white and the outline is red.


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The famous Dashing Dan of the Long Island railroad.  There were some other veriations of this logo one being the Weekend Chief.

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Above is a engine which I would like to add to my model train layout. This color scheme is rarely seen . This as you can tell was a green body color with the orange ends and the white lettering.

GENERAL NOTE--There was also a Weekend Chief Logo during this era.

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This paint scheme is more commonly seen . the grey body with the orange triangle .
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During this era there were many variations of the paint schemes.  Their was a C liner with the entire noise orange and one with only the lower half which was orange. Their was some engines with a blue strip in the grey body.  their was a silver inland window scheme and a scheme with the roof white and another with the roof black.

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