Highway Department truck colors
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Posted by Ken Ziebarth (+314) 10 years ago
I have a dump truck model for my RR that I would like to paint as Montana Highway Department. Does someone remember what color they were in the 50's? How they were lettered would be good too.
Ken Z
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Posted by Gail (+40) 10 years ago
Call Hank Elliott-he worked there then and might remember-if its something from 50 years ago he'll probably remember!
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11888) 10 years ago
Someone named Kenneth Ziebarth got a scholarship to Montana State College in Bozeman in 1961. Any relation? I will assume you were a child prodigy and were only 3 years old when you received it if it was you.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+15076) 10 years ago
Unless there was a change between the 50's and 60's, they were bright (Denver Broncos) orange.
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Posted by Ken Ziebarth (+314) 10 years ago
Of course I was prodigious, but not that much. CCHS class of 1960.
Ken Z
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Posted by Bill Zook (+490) 10 years ago
Richard is right about the orange.
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Posted by Forsyth Mike (+484) 10 years ago
Plasti-Kote paint number T-31 ("Bright Orange") is pretty close, but the real thing might be just a tad darker than that...although that could be due to highway dust and dirt!
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Posted by Ken Ziebarth (+314) 10 years ago
Another result from a question for use on my model railroad.
Here is how the Highway Department dump truck looks.

A lot more details are needed in this area but I hope it is recognisable even if you weren't around in 1959.

http://www.flickr.com/pho...042837591/
Ken Z
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Posted by Amorette F. Allison (+1910) 10 years ago
How come there isn't semi stuck under there?
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Posted by Ken Ziebarth (+314) 10 years ago
I am seriously considering putting just that in the final scene.
Ken
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Posted by Brandon Pratt (+232) 10 years ago
that so cool i wood love you see it all when you are done
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Posted by Cindy Stalcup (+591) 10 years ago
Ken,
My father was a highway engineer in late 60's- early 70's his trucks were dark red orange and highway department was stenciled on door in either white or yellow. I do not quite remember the lettering color but it was spelled Hi-Way Dept. I know as a kid I thought for longest time that was correct way to spell highway.
The bright highway orange came out in mid 70's about the time Suburbans turned up. The suburbans only came in dark red but the pickups and trucks were bright orange. If Montana was stenciled on anything it was spelled Mont.
It would be great if you would post photos of your work.
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