This edition of the painting and lettering guide is a revision
of the first painting and lettering guide, which was published in 2013
by the Southern Pacific Historical & Technical Society (SPH&TS).
It corrects a number of errors and omissions found
in the first
printing of the painting and lettering guide. A number of additional
drawings and photos are included based on additional information located
The original guide was designed as a companion to the five
volumes on Southern Pacific passenger cars published by the SPH&TS
over the last 10 years. It illustrates how Southern Pacific (and
subsidiary) owned passenger cars were painted and lettered over the
years, as well as paint schemes applied to foreign road and
Pullman-operated cars that operated on SP lines from time to time.
Painting and lettering information regarding Southern Pacific steam and diesel locomotives and motor cars is also included.
The main focus of this volume is the period 1913 through 1996,
though a limited amount of information is included regarding Southern
Pacific painting and lettering practices prior to 1913. Coverage is
limited to SP exterior painting and lettering practices only. All
information in this volume is based on official SP, car and locomotive
builder documents, plans and drawings.