Decades after its demise, the Western Pacific heritage of this car is still quite prominent.
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The Western Pacific became part of Union Pacific in 1983. Twenty-five years later, cars carrying their original Western Pacific paint can still be found - though admitedly they are getting harder to find.
It is a good lesson for those trying to model a specific era. It often takes decades for a railroad to disappear after a merger. Locomotives may remain in original paint for years. Freight cars often survive multiple mergers these days before being repainted. And of course there are the great stations that still carry the names of railroads long ago swallowed up in mergers or bankruptcy.
Little signs of the past add a sense of history to a model railroad. And besides, sometimes they're just nice to hold on to!