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Best railroad slogans?
Posted by shawnee on Thursday, August 16, 2007 12:32 PM

I'm in the midst of coming up with some slogans for my freelance road, and have been looking at some prototype examples.  Some railroads really came up with catchy ones.  Which is the best to you? Which ones are you using?

My vote for best in the prototype:  "Southern Serves the South".  It's just very cool, sums up the focus, flavor and is a great marketing tag.   Of course, I have a growing fondess for the Southern.

I never got Tony Koester's slogan for his much-publicized Allegheny Midland, "The Midland Road".  Doesn't conjure much of anything.  I know he was kicking off of the NKP thing though.

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Posted by mlehman on Thursday, August 16, 2007 12:42 PM

There are two that I naturally favor...

"Mainline through the Rockies"

"Rio Grande - The Action Road" 

The first refers to geographic location, which always helps establish where your railroad goes. The second implies good service and transporation efficiency. Both ideas may help you with developing your own slogan.

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Posted by loathar on Thursday, August 16, 2007 12:42 PM
My favorite was always-Ship all the way with Santa Fe!
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Posted by WCfan on Thursday, August 16, 2007 12:47 PM

My Favorite is CN's. Crashing Nantionaly For you. Sums up there whole focus. Wink [;)] Evil [}:)] Laugh [(-D]

Rio Grande was always one of my favorites. If WC had a slogan I would have chose that. Wink [;)]

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Posted by Mr B & O on Thursday, August 16, 2007 12:51 PM

"Linking 13 Great States with the Nation" of course.  Runner up is the B&O's from the previous century:  "All Trains Via Washingtion--East and West".

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Posted by jaytrix on Thursday, August 16, 2007 12:52 PM

Route of the Rockets would be my choice.


This was a cool site that listed the slogans.  I thought it was interesting.

http://www.spikesys.com/Trains/rr_slgns.html

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Posted by markpierce on Thursday, August 16, 2007 12:55 PM

"The Friendly Southern Pacific"

 

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Posted by rayw46 on Thursday, August 16, 2007 12:56 PM
How about L&N's, "The Old Reliable."  Whenever I see or hear it I'm reminded of the bloodhound in, "Lady and the Tramp."  Weird.
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Posted by MisterBeasley on Thursday, August 16, 2007 12:57 PM

I grew up with the Long Island Railroad outside of NYC.  Not much freight, but they sure moved people.  It's still known as the "Route of the Dashing Commuter."  Here's the logo I remember, featuring "Dashing Dan:"

 

Today, though, things have changed.  I think this is "Dashing Dot:"

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Posted by on30francisco on Thursday, August 16, 2007 1:09 PM
Denver & Rio Grande Western: Scenic Line Of The World
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Posted by jeffrey-wimberly on Thursday, August 16, 2007 1:16 PM

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Ride the Southern Belle
Route of the Flying Crow
Route of the Southern Belle
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Posted by shawnee on Thursday, August 16, 2007 1:18 PM

LIRR...best slogan I never heard of before.  Big Smile [:D]

Best unauthorized local nickname?  Winchester & Western,  "the Weak N' Weary".

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Posted by bb4884 on Thursday, August 16, 2007 1:20 PM
Be specific: Ship Union Pacific
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Posted by BRAKIE on Thursday, August 16, 2007 1:25 PM

Southern-Southern Serves The South.Southern Gives A Greenlight To Innovations.

CB&Q-Everywhere West.

SL-SF-Ship IT On The Frisco!

C&O-C&O For Progress.

B&O-Linking 13 Great States To The Nation.

RF&P-Linking North & South.

Santa Fe-Santa Fe All The Way!

And of course my very own:

Columbus & Hocking Valley Ry-Serving the Industries of the Hocking Valley.

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Posted by vsmith on Thursday, August 16, 2007 1:30 PM

 on30francisco wrote:
Denver & Rio Grande Western: Scenic Line Of The World

That had a great logo emblem to go with the words.

My favorite was a line that never had a slogan, but the employees and patrons sure pegged it.

Nevada County Narrow Gauge RR, the NCNG, or as it was known

"Never Comes, Never Goes"

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Posted by IRONROOSTER on Thursday, August 16, 2007 1:40 PM

I always like the Lackawanna's The Route of Phoebe Snow

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Posted by potlatcher on Thursday, August 16, 2007 2:07 PM

I would find it hard to beat "Mainstreet of the Northwest" - the slogan for the Northern Pacific.  Only four words to tell where it went and how important it was to the region it served.  In fact, the NP's #2 passenger train (behind the North Coast Limited) was called "The Mainstreeter".

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Posted by jblackwelljr on Thursday, August 16, 2007 2:09 PM

To me, The Route of Phoebe Snow and Nickel Plate Road are two really cool slogans, but LIRR's Route of the Dashing Commuter really puts a picture in my head.

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Posted by GAPPLEG on Thursday, August 16, 2007 2:24 PM

  Mine is simple , tells me where I'm at and what I'm doing.

 

                                                                                           

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Posted by Mark R. on Thursday, August 16, 2007 2:42 PM

I gotta go with - "The Bridge Line to New England and Canada"

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Posted by howmus on Thursday, August 16, 2007 2:57 PM
On the Seneca Lake, Ontario, & Western (registered pike with the NMRA), call letters SLOW, our slogan is: "We'll Get There Sooner or Later"

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Posted by oscaletrains on Thursday, August 16, 2007 3:04 PM

im just playing with one on my version of trainz 2006

its a freelance design too

BOULDER CREEK AND SOUTHERN The coal hauling road!

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Posted by kursinsky on Thursday, August 16, 2007 3:04 PM
"Expressway for Industry" - Detroit & Toledo Shoreline
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Posted by SOU Fan on Thursday, August 16, 2007 3:11 PM

shawnee,

You hit the nail on the head. "Southern serves the South" and will forever.

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Posted by DavidBriel on Thursday, August 16, 2007 6:51 PM
 Thanks for Using Coast Line and The Route of Courteous Service.  These are ACL and SAL slogans.
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Posted by pandabear on Thursday, August 16, 2007 6:56 PM
Gotta agree with Brakie on "Everywhere West," but I think UP's "We can handle it" was pretty good, too.
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Posted by jwar on Thursday, August 16, 2007 7:03 PM
Western Pacific "WP" The railroad of Willing people, of which most of the employees just before the UP buy out, changed to "WP The road of Worried People"
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Posted by lvanhen on Thursday, August 16, 2007 8:04 PM
As bb4884 said, "Be Specific - Ship Union Pacific"  - or - "Route of the Streamliners"!!Big Smile [:D]
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Posted by reklein on Thursday, August 16, 2007 8:13 PM
I like the RailBox slogan,but I forgot how it goes.Dunce [D)]
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Posted by RedGrey62 on Thursday, August 16, 2007 8:59 PM

Gotta go with what I model, "Everywhere West" and "Route of the Zephyrs".  But the DT&I had a pretty good one too....."We have the CONNECTIONS"

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