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ⓘ Tuscan red is a shade of red that was used on the passenger cars of the Pennsylvania Railroad, as well as on the PRR TrucTrailers. It also was used extensively ..



Tuscan red
                                     

ⓘ Tuscan red

Tuscan red is a shade of red that was used on the passenger cars of the Pennsylvania Railroad, as well as on the PRR TrucTrailers. It also was used extensively by the New South Wales Government Railways in Australia, in a similar fashion to the PRR. The Canadian Pacific Railway used it historically and painted its luxury revival cars in this color. It is also a Prismacolor colored pencil.

                                     

1. History

The first recorded use of Tuscan red as a color name in English was in the early 1800s exact date uncertain.

The color was popular in the late 19th century but non-standardized. It became the signature color’ of the Pennsylvania Railroad, which instituted specifications for its formulation. Before the 1880s, pigments extracted from Brazil wood were used in its manufacture, but these proved inadequate in terms of hiding power and stability.

A 1916 US National Bureau of Standards circular describes it as based on Indian red, which derives its color from iron oxides. The color was then modified by treatment with an alizarin lake pigment. The pigment’s stability lent itself to hard use in applications such as rail cars and machinery. Lower-cost imitations were made without iron oxides by using gypsum or whiting as a base and adding aniline dyes.

                                     

2. Variations

The traditional color Tuscan red is shown above. The lighter tones of Tuscan red tend toward tan and beige. The darker tones of Tuscan red tend toward purplish tones. These purplish tones of Tuscan red are exemplified by the color deep Tuscan red, shown below.

                                     

2.1. Variations Tuscan

Displayed at right is the color Tuscan.

The first recorded use of Tuscan as a color name in English was in 1887.

                                     

2.2. Variations Tuscan tan

Displayed at right is the color Tuscan tan.

The first recorded use of Tuscan tan as a color name in English was in 1926.

                                     

2.3. Variations Tuscan brown

Displayed at right is the color Tuscan brown.

The first recorded use of Tuscan brown as a color name in English was in 1913.

                                     

2.4. Variations Medium Tuscan red

Medium Tuscan red is that tone of Tuscan red that is called Tuscan red in the ISCC-NBS color list.

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