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Getting in deep with custom roadnames
Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, June 04, 2018 4:38 PM

The STRATTON & GILLETTE exists in an imaginary world with no real (prototype) railroads. This has led me down the path of creating all kinds of custom roadnames for my equipment.

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This project has been rewarding and enjoyable. I compiled an inventory of my equipment, and to my surprise, there are 92 ficticious railroads represented in my collection of equipment!

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I have painted all of this equipment myself with only four exceptions. Most of the decals I have traded for through the years, but a few were done one letter at a time. I still have decals for about another 50 different roadnames I have not used yet.

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Some of the roadnames have two, three, or four pieces of equipment lettered for the road.

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This is the list of roadnames:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Alabama and Angel Hills
Allegheny & Crystal Bay
Allegheny & Lake Erie
Atlantic Central
Allegheny Midland
Abilene Southern
Atlantic Terminal
Bessemer Oxmoor & Bluff Park
Blackhawk Valley
Caspar & Silver Creek
Coastal Atlantic and Southern
Central Alberta
Charleston Athens & Sandusky
Castle Bay Railroad
Cedar Creek Lumber
Cedar Creek Northern
Chicago Denver and Northern
Chicago Gary & Southern
Chesapeake and Lake Erie
Carolina Midland
Cumberland Road
Cascade Midland Railroad
California and Northwestern Railway
Copper Range Consolidated
Cedar Ridge Lines
Valley Terminal Railroad
Deerfield and St. Lawrence
Diamondback & Western
Delta Lines
Down South & Back Railway
Diablo Valley Lines
Eastern Portland and Chicago
Fumble & Grumble
Front Range & Western
Gorre & Daphetid
Graeagle and Deep Creek
Garfield Central
Great Lakes & Eastern
Greater Texas United Railway
Genesee Valley
Hadabuck and Western
Idaho and Texas
Iver Hill Railroad
InRail
Kings Creek & Gulf
Langford & Southern
Louisiana Alabama and Northland Railroad
Lulu City & Estes Park
Louisiana Regional Railway
Missisquoi & Champlain
Manchester Central
Mason and Dixon
Mackowiak Steel
Miami Lakes and Eastern Georgia
Mustang Yukon & El Reno
Newport Central
Northern California and Southern Washington
Nevada County Northern
North East Wisconsin Railroad
New Jersey Northern
New Jersey Western
New River & Southern
Northern Union Terminal
Oldensburg & Lake Richelieu
Omaha & Oklahoma City
Ohio & Western
Oregon Trunk Line
Omaha Western
Pocono & Hudson
Phoenix & Prescott
Pacific Coastline and Ohio
Prairie Creek & Western
Pacific Great Northern
Pumpkin Hollow Railroad
Peoria Ottawa & Omaha
Purgatory Tomahawk & Miasma
Pacific Transportation
Rivendell & Midland
Rahway Pacific Lines
Ridge Terminal Lines
Stark City & Pacific
Stratton and Gillette
Silver Mountain Logging Company
Sunset Railway and Navigation Company
Sheepscott Transportation
Southwestern Wisconsin and Pacific
Tehachapi Apache Hualapai
Thunder Bay Western
Turtle Creek Central
Upp Stayers and Eastern
Virginian & Ohio
Valley Terminal Railroad

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-Kevin

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Posted by BRAKIE on Monday, June 04, 2018 5:33 PM

Kevin,The Ohio & Western is the Marion Model Railroad Club's railroad. I bought all three numbers.

Larry

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Posted by Southgate on Monday, June 04, 2018 10:18 PM

You have more roadnames than I currently have freightcars on the layout! I thought that only 3 or so were cheesy, a couple others iffy. Not bad for made up RR names. Are those all of your own naming, or is it a collection from clubs and such? Dan

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 6:08 AM

Southgate
I thought that only 3 or so were cheesy, a couple others iffy. Not bad for made up RR names. Are those all of your own naming, or is it a collection from clubs and such? Dan

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Back in the 1980s and 1990s, before the internet, Rail Graphics and Donald Manlick both had paper lists of people with custom roadnames that would trade with others. The recommended contact sequence was encumbering. You were supposed to contact one another via mail and work out the terms, then send decals. I did not want to work that hard.

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I would send people a set of STRATTON & GILLETTE decals with a self stamped addressed envelope. I would say simply please either return my decals or send me a set of yours.

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This worked great. I accumulated quite an impresive collection over fifteen or so years of doing this.

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In the late 1990s both Rail Graphics and Donald Manlick switched to lists of email addresses, so I had to contact via internet first. When this process started the number of successful decal trades went way down. My method worked so much better.

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Most of the cheesy sounding names came from a collection of decals I bought that once belonged to Whit Towers. FUMBLE & GRUMBLE, and UPP STAYERS & EASTERN both came from this collection. Mr. Towers saved all the correspondence that came with these decals, and they are quite a treasure. Using these decals, that are over 50 years old, is quite a challenge, but worth it.

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I only created a few of the names, LANGFORD & SOUTHERN and ATLANTIC CENTRAL are a couple of examples.

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Creating the paint schemes for all these lines is a fun sub-hobby all of its own. For the ancient decals that Mr. Towers saved, I feel obligated to follow the decal placement instructions.

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-Kevin

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Posted by NVSRR on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 7:41 AM

You could dig up paper only operations or almost railroads but not quite. Mine is an almost but not quite. It was a planned prototype but didnt mane it out of the paper phase.   Countless numbers of those

A pessimist sees a dark tunnel

An optimist sees the light at the end of the tunnel

A realist sees a frieght train

An engineer sees three idiots standing on the tracks stairing blankly in space

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Posted by BigDaddy on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 8:44 AM

SeeYou190
there are 92 ficticious railroads represented in my collection of equipment!

Maybe not for everyone, but that is an impressive collection, none the less.

Henry

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Posted by ATLANTIC CENTRAL on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 6:09 PM

I have always been a combination prototype and freelance modeler.

And as noted by my screen name, am responsible for the parallel developement of the name ATLANTIC CENTRAL which I selected for my freelanced line in the late 80's.

 

 

 

 

 

I have a number of the NMRA private road cars offered over the years, but have never gone the lengths Kevin has.

I was into exchanging passes way back in the day (1970's) when I was just a teen, and still have my collection which includes a few famous well published layouts of that time.

I had a different freelance line back then, and actually printed my own passes in junior high school shop class.

Sheldon

    

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 8:26 PM

Most of my home-mades are for companies served by my railroad, or offering products to my customers.

The Tannery uses hides which arrive in these last-stop-before-the-glue-factory Tichy box cars:

Salt for the tanning process arrives in this Bowser hopper:

My carfloat terminal is operated by the Westport Terminal Railroad, an homage to Wolfgang Dudler's layout of the same name.  Here are a couple of idler flats from Tichy.

And the tank engine that works the docks:

The Peter Witt trolley operated by the my Moose Bay Transit Authority:

It takes an iron man to play with a toy iron horse. 

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Posted by SouthPenn on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 11:13 PM

The South Penn was an almost railroad.

My Tuscarora railroad was a real railroad with a short lifespan.

My Blacklog railroad is fictitious.

South Penn
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Posted by SeeYou190 on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 5:50 AM

This is one of the lines I created myself and applied letter by letter.

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It is a reference to my wife. She was born in Chicago, grew up in Gary, then moved South to Florida. Her father worked in the steel mills, so it has a steel load.

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Posted by jk10 on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 8:53 AM

What I have setup currently is called the Erris & Spears after the area my family originated in Ireland and a surname in my family. They sounded like a good combination that could actually be real towns. The E&S doesn't have any decals or painted equipment yet, but I'm in the process of looking for someone to do both.

Still in the works for my "future" layout is the Minnesota Southeastern which will be more proto-freelance than freelanced if possible.  The MNSE will interchange with the DM&E and the C&NW/UP. I'm also looking forward to getting some decals and equipment painted for this railroad.

I really enjoy reading about and watching videos of freelanced railroads. The creativity with names, backstories, and equipment design fascinate me. 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, June 08, 2018 11:49 AM

jk10
What I have setup currently is called the Erris & Spears after the area my family originated in Ireland and a surname in my family. They sounded like a good combination that could actually be real towns.

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I also like the way ERRIS & SPEARS sounds. I think I will "borrow" that one for a piece of my equipment.

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This is another of my favorites I traded for. I like it because for a while when I was a child we lived along a "King's Creek" in Gainesville, Florida. Of course, sometimes on the weekends we would drive to the Gulf of Mexico.

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-Kevin

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, June 09, 2018 10:17 PM

BRAKIE
Kevin,The Ohio & Western is the Marion Model Railroad Club's railroad. I bought all three numbers.

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Larry, this is a picture of my OHIO & WESTERN boxcar. You can click the image for a larger view.

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I painted it myself. The boxcar is built from a Westerfield kit for an early ATSF double sheathed car. I honestly do not remember where I got the decals from. Do these look like they might have been made for the Marion Model Railroad Club, or did someone else come up with the same roadname?

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Posted by BRAKIE on Sunday, June 10, 2018 9:41 AM

Kevin,IIRC MMRRC sold decal sets several years back.

Here's their club cars.

http://marionmodelrailroadclub.org/store.html

Larry

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 6:56 PM

BRAKIE
Kevin,IIRC MMRRC sold decal sets several years back. Here's their club cars.

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Thanks for the link. Those are absolutely different OHIO & WESTERN decals than the ones that I have. I guess another modeler came up with the same name for his railroad.

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The club cars are way too modern for my 1954 railroad, bu the paint scheme would be perfect!

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-Kevin

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Posted by Southgate on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 11:53 PM

Of the approximately 130 or so freight cars, and maybe 35 locomotives in any and all stages of completion, I have decaled, let's see here... Approximately......NONE!

Well, I have read a hunnerd times, ya paint your item it's color, then gloss it before decals, decal it, and then dullcoat. 

So I'd like to ask the guy who has processed more cars than I even own (oh, I'm sure there are many here), what specific brand of paints, and especially gloss do you like? I have enough decals to do about a couple dozen cars, and would like to get them as nice as yours. 

I also like the color scheme of your diesels. Very sharp looking.

Dan

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Posted by nealknows on Thursday, June 14, 2018 7:15 AM

here's my private railroad. The Atlantic Pacific Railroad stetches from coast to coast; hence the name. 

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, June 14, 2018 11:27 AM

Southgate
So I'd like to ask the guy who has processed more cars than I even own (oh, I'm sure there are many here), what specific brand of paints, and especially gloss do you like?

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I prefer Scalecoat 2 paints for most colors, but I have problems with their yellows. For yellow paint the re are a few glossy colors in the Testors Model Master line that work well for me.

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Floquil had a few VERY GOOD glossy colors before they stopped production. CSX Gray, Wisconsin Central Maroon, and Wisconsin Central Gold were all excellent. I really hoped they would transfer the entire line to glossy, but they ended production instead.

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I have used Humbrol a few time because they offer so few glossy colors.

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I always use the same brand thinner as the paints I am using. I used Brake Clean and Mineral Spritis to clean the airbrush.

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I rarely use Future or Glosscoats. I prefer to use a glossy paint.

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I also do all my painting in huge batches.

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-Kevin

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Posted by Southgate on Friday, June 15, 2018 11:39 PM

Thanks, Kevin. I still have a few of those Floquil enamels from way back when, inclusing some glossy ones. (store 'em upside down!) I'll be doing batches too, though not as large as yours. 

The diesels I originally refered to were the red and gray ones, but your yellow ones look great. With yellow, it's all about the shade that makes or breaks a great color scheme. 

I'm going to have to expiriment a bit for my freight cars, unless someone knows of a close match for box car red in a gloss paint. (?) Dan

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