In an earlier post I mentioned that I had over time purchased a number of books that have been of immense benefit to me, and really top up a lot of areas that I worked in and helped extend my interest to such things like Model Railways, being on RP and having input in forums that have interest to me has also been a very interesting experience, I don't say I am correct in some areas but I try to stay out of areas that I have not experienced in a hands on way, except at times when I have read an item in a book, that sometimes is not quite right or correct or at other times just ignore it.
The topic of green colour for locomotives in NSW has been one of those topics that has been one of both interest but also where views have been supported that are both right and wrong, something that I put my hand up in both sides. The big aspect in this debate is of how we each see a colour, or shade along with the use of photo's to support ones side of the debate, as I have said and others also saying the same that colours change over time, and under the conditions they are being analysed in, likewise often colour renditions with different photo brands also bring out different colour renditions.
This afternoon as I sit in self isolation and trying to do some items of interest, as usual some of this discussion sat in the back of my head, and as I looked at my bookcase I noticed a particular book that was the last one I purchased and remember putting on RP my thoughts on it for the NSW enthusiast and modeller, a book that is quite big and has a lot of information in it that those interested in the NSW railways history from 1855 to 1957, should obtain a copy of it or at least have access to it, the book is Titled NSW Railways in Colour 1855-1957. Up until this time I have only skimmed through it owing to its size and what I would say is the vast amount of areas it covers. It includes a lot of photo's but also a lot of drawings that have had colour filling dependant on the colour that was in use at the time, for both the rolling stock as well as locomotives.
When it comes to the topic of green in use on locomotives, it shows reports and directions regarding what colour was used, a photo I have mentioned previously shows 3666 on Cowan bank with a set of Red & Cream clerestory roof carriages, its very easy to see the colours on the carriages but for the loco, its relatively hard to say for sure the colour but its green and a dark one at that. Some pages over there is some information that has the standard green colour to apply to locomotives was the Mid Brunswick Green, there's also details on the colours of the lining and the like, it mentions the 32cl, 35 & 36 as being painted in the Mid Brunswick green, but when it comes to the 38cl the term Special Green comes up as being the colour for the whole class to be painted in.
There are more than a few mentions of the colours, but a couple of sections have such headings as Other Colourful Trains of the 1930's - Green Passenger Engines 1930 - 1940's: One section deals with locomotives of the 2nd World War years and then follows through with carriages, goods rolling stock, steam locomotives and diesels.
In what I have read and discovered in this book, there is a lot of great info and reading, many drawings done by the Data Sheets owner Greg Edwards are the big feature in this book with locomotives that are drawn being coloured in accord to the railways directives.
There is a photo of 3806 at Eveliegh that was posted on this forum that had a streamliner behind it, the pic was a bit tatty and said to be the oldest colour photo of a green 38, this is published again in this book with the tatty aspect removed, it is said to be painted in the Special Green, when looking at it, its easy to pick the green on the tender is in good nick and certainly looks the Special Green colour, however as you look at the loco, there is a degree of what I would deem being photo colour fade showing on the valance and boiler.
An interesting and worthwhile book that has a lot of treasures of the past being brought out into the open.