I think the only cloth covered stuff is between the ceiling and the 2nd floor. I need to rip out the old drywall in the kitchen anyway, including ceiling, and I hope I can remedy the issue then.
As far as the Walthers coach goes, I plan on doing the one in the photo above or one in the same series that's Pullman Green. The grey (or is that gray?) cars were painted that way so they could run in the streamlined trains (camouflage I guess), the regular trains got the Pullman Green treatment. I plan on running in with one of my passenger steamers, so right now I feel the green is the way to go.
Good luck on your electric project. If I ever run my HO again I'll have to do the same, or make a bunch of conversions to BPRC!
We had some 50's era plywood railmotors painted in grey towards the end of their lives to supposedly match the mainly stainless steel outer peri-urban fleets. I doubt whether anyone was fooled by the colour change. :>)
Green sounds good to me!
Been told to expect 8-10" rain dumps today right down to my area so not much planned for outside today.
The good thing inside is once the wiring is done there is little required in the line of maintenance. Even if I ran BPRC, there is still the wiring for accessories to be considered so another pair of wires for track power isn't a big deal.
I use a little powdered graphite on the track and running reliability is almost perfect. Experience tells me I would have little if anything to gain with BPRC in that situation. My use of it years ago was to provide for two or three operators on my shelf layouts without resorting to throwing section switches. This was when command control systems weren't what they are now. If I was running HO outdoors that would be a different matter however, diesel lashups with BPRC would be how it would be done.