zephyr1934

Amtrak blues

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My thoughts are turning to designs for a contemporary Amtrak train and I'm stuck on the blue. The closest Amtrak train that passes my house is 2 hrs away and it does so in the middle of the night, so first hand inspection isn't going to happen any time soon. To my eye the on-line photos vary in tone, falling between lego blue and lego dark blue... but not a perfect match to either. The kind folks at Wikipedia note that the current Phase V blue is, "darker than Phases I–III, but lighter than IV." If my designs ever go anywhere, ultimately I suspect I will be constrained by part availability, but I'm still curious what folks think is the best lego color for the current Amtrak paint scheme.

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I've always loved Lego trains. So expensive though so I could never afford them. Must invest. 

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For comparison, the blue on my Phase V sticker is darker than the LEGO® blue.  But I like regular blue since it's brighter and cheerier and plentiful.  We do model train shows.  We are the bright cheery display there and draw in the families with kids crowd.  :classic:

17695611630_c07ab88efc.jpgDay 140 of 365: Train Coupling Danger by dr_spock_888, on Flickr

 

 

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Riding Amtrak almost daily....on one right now....  I’d go w/ regular blue. As dr_spock said, more cheery and probably actually is closer in color, and much more available for what you’d need. 

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From my experience grey with dk blue lettering/stripe or the regular blue white red striping. (At least running from LA to IL and IN in my experience) sorry no pictures though ...

There still are a few Metra all blue and red units running up near chicago on the commuter lines though if you wanted to go that route

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Thank you all for the feedback so far, please keep the thoughts coming if you have any insights or opinions.

Meanwhile, surprisingly, I might be forced to use dark blue based on part availability, but we'll see how it all pans out. For being a slightly irregular box, I'm finding that the P42dc is amazingly difficult to make look right in lego. Small angles in different directions is crazy.

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If you are going for this livery dk blue on grey with red safety stripe.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Amtrak_181_with_the_Capitol_Limited_at_Martinsburg,_July_2007.jpg

The cars will have the red white blue stripe though. Video shows a "typical" amtrak ... There are several other trains shown

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://m.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DbDPR8eFZzDc&ved=2ahUKEwijp7jmmtblAhXlqFkKHdudCr4QwqsBMAt6BAgDEA4&usg=AOvVaw3v2Qm_MYIrNJktBOxz1tEa

(None of these links are mine)

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