Everything on model trains, model railroads, model railways, locomotives, model train layouts, scenery, wiring, DCC and more. Enjoy the world's best hobby... model railroading!

background buildings model trains

Florida East Coast – Ortner Hopper Cars

Keith writes:

“I’ve been modeling on and off since my teens, with my dad.  I was brought up in South Florida and we had a layout above the garage that was pretty amazing for the small space we had.  Being brought up in Florida, I saw the Florida East Coast RR for all my life; going train watching with my dad and at crossings all the time.

This railroad has an amazing history and I’ve collected and built models from different periods.  I’m working on building Ortner cars from the 1980s and 90’s at the Cemex plant in Miami.  They had hopper cars with white lettering that I’d like to recreate. 

My question is, what color to paint them?  I think the color is a caboose red, but I am uncertain and would love some feedback and even checking the colors, some opinions. Thanks everyone.”

4 Responses to Florida East Coast – Ortner Hopper Cars

  • Richard says:

    Hi Keith,
    I^’ve searched about FEC and I’d suggest you check on the web at
    to find in which colours the FEC hoppers were painted.

    Whalthers has got them in bright red, though on ebay it seems to be rather red-brownish.


  • Leon says:

    International Harvester Red should be fine for the color of your hopper cars.

  • Gerald R Hyink says:

    When I built mine, I used boxcar red.

  • Frank B says:

    Most (old and modern) railroads have an online fan club or forum, they will probably have the knowledge about paint colours.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Add a photo or image related to your comment (JPEG only)


Download Your Free Catalog

Use Tiny Railroad Micro Controllers

N Scale Track Plans

Watch Video

Model Train DCC HELP

Model Train Help Ebook


FREE Tour Inside Club

Take a FREE tour inside the club.

Scenery Techniques Explained

Scenery & Layout Ideas

Reader Poll

Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.

Model Railroading Blog Archive