Transition Era Road and Street Striping

Great Northern 76 Nov 1, 2019

  1. Great Northern 76

    Great Northern 76 TrainBoard Member

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    What color and kind of striping would best fit the transition era (c. 1947-1955) for small-town streets and rural roads in the northwest U.S.? White...yellow....single or double solid lines...dotted lines?

    Thanks!
     
  2. MRLdave

    MRLdave TrainBoard Member

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    Depends on the location...…..basic lines haven't changed. So go for a drive and copy what you see. I believe some of the distances have changed, but not the types.
     
  3. Great Northern 76

    Great Northern 76 TrainBoard Member

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    Dave,

    My layout is in western Montana.
     
  4. acptulsa

    acptulsa TrainBoard Member

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    I'm not sure about Montana. Originally, most states just had a single white center stripe. Expressways, which were still rare, are where the modern system was developed. That means yellow center stripes, white between lanes going the same direction and solid white on the right, dashed where changing lanes is legal and solid where it isn't.

    Eventually all highways were switched over, but it took a couple of decades.
     
  5. HOexplorer

    HOexplorer TrainBoard Supporter

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    Most states have a highways website now. I found all my striping info by Googling. States offer this info for historians and modelers.
     
  6. Great Northern 76

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    Good to know!
     

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