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Posted by Gandy Dancer on Thursday, August 16, 2007 9:13 PM

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Denver & Rio Grande Western: Scenic Line Of The World
Sign - Ditto [#ditto]This would be the one!

My second would probably be "Ship and Travel Santa Fe all the Way"

It is a pitty the Q didn't live up to their "Everywhere West".  They could have. 

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Posted by Gandy Dancer on Thursday, August 16, 2007 9:14 PM
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I like the RailBox slogan,but I forgot how it goes.Dunce [D)]
That would be "Next Load Any Road"
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Posted by Gandy Dancer on Thursday, August 16, 2007 9:24 PM
 howmus wrote:
On the Seneca Lake, Ontario, & Western (registered pike with the NMRA), call letters SLOW, our slogan is: "We'll Get There Sooner or Later"
Hmmm, that must be a common theme for free lance railroads.  I've heard it before.  Perhaps the "Southern Arizona & Douglas".
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Posted by Teditor on Thursday, August 16, 2007 9:37 PM

For my Shalvey Central Railroad, I use "Gateway to the Imagination".

I think it came from 'Gateway through the Rockies' (Rio Grande?)

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Posted by railroadyoshi on Thursday, August 16, 2007 9:54 PM

Vermont and South Troy; VAST

Think Fast, Ship VAST

Thanks to TrainFreak409 for helping me finally come to a decision. 

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Posted by RedGrey62 on Thursday, August 16, 2007 10:09 PM
 Gandy Dancer wrote:

 on30francisco wrote:
Denver & Rio Grande Western: Scenic Line Of The World
Sign - Ditto [#ditto]This would be the one!

My second would probably be "Ship and Travel Santa Fe all the Way"

It is a pitty the Q didn't live up to their "Everywhere West".  They could have. 

While the Q did not serve western states beyond Colorado, Wyoming and Montana directly, their connections made transconnental shipments and travel possible, especially since they were the first direct Chicago to Denver line.  And of course, being part of the Hill lines really did open upo the west to them.

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Posted by nbrodar on Thursday, August 16, 2007 10:40 PM

My freelanced Penn Lake System's slogan...The Anthracite Speedway.

I'll put in a second vote for D&H's Bridge Line to New England and Canada.

I like Reading's Bee Line Service, too.

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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, August 16, 2007 10:58 PM
Union Pacific - BUILDING AMERICA
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Posted by wgnrr on Friday, August 17, 2007 12:13 AM

Chicago & North Western = Cheap and Nothing Wasted

I don't care if it wasn't an official slogan, but it did fit the road perfectly well. They gave their tired GP7's a new life by rebuilding them with new prime movers, a low nose, and new electrical components. The ties on their track were in place until they absolutly had to be replaced. That would be the reason why I see so many '58 C&NW date nails in northern Wisconsin.

Depots can be placed in this category too. They didn't tear down all of their depots. They did interior renevations (Well, at least the Oxford depot was rebuilt) and they were given a new coat of grey paint and used as M-O-W offices.

Most of the lines in Wisconsin still had Semaphore siginals and ancient crossing protection well into the late 80's (not to say others didn't too, but these were well maintained). Wig-Wags could be found at Baraboo, and other towns.

And I am sure I am missing a ton of things, but the Cheap and Nothing Wasted will always be a true feature of the once mighty Chicago and North Western.

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Posted by Hawks05 on Friday, August 17, 2007 12:33 AM
All of the slogans that I like have been mentioned. I'll add votes to "Everywhere West", "Next Load Any Road", and "Route of the Rock". Those are my favorites.

I'm pretty proud of the one's that I came up with for my soon to be freelanced railroad, "Bridging Prosperity". This will be used for my Wisconsin, Minnesota, & Northern railroad, the WM&N.
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Posted by MilwaukeeRoad on Friday, August 17, 2007 12:57 AM

MILW- "America's Resourceful Railroad"

End of discussion. Wink [;)]

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Posted by Hudson on Friday, August 17, 2007 1:10 AM

"The Water level Route, You Can Sleep!"

 

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Posted by twcenterprises on Friday, August 17, 2007 3:03 AM

The catchiest one I can remember for a trucking company was "Breathe freely, ship Ross Neely", which is still in business today.  A recent article about that company had an interview with the owner, who had decided to drop the slogan because it was too costly to keep putting on trailers, until he met with a very important client (very big and profitable contract), who promptly recited the slogan to him, and stated the the slogan was (in thier case) a very fitting description of the company.  Needless to say, the owner immediately changed his policy, and made sure every trailer had the slogan on it.

Then there's "Just Tag it Baggett" for (I think it's spelled correctly) Baggett Transport (another trucking company).

Of course, there is "Be specific, ship Union Pacific" and "We can('t) handle it", or an unauthorized nickname for UP could be Utterly Pathetic, or Unlimited Parking.  CSX could be Coal (or Chemical or Car) Spilling (or Smashing) eXperts, or Chicken S*** eXpress, or Crash, Smash and eXplode, or Color Scheme eXcitement.  Since I'm a fan or Southern Railway, I like the "Gives a green light to innovations", but that's too late for my timeframe, which would be more along the lines of the round herald and "Serves the south".  For ET&WNC, try Eat Taters & Wear No Clothes if don't like the real name of East Tennessee & Western North Carolina (aka "The Tweetsie").

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Posted by shawnee on Friday, August 17, 2007 11:42 AM

Well, my favorites of this roundup are:

Southern Serves the South

Scenic Line of the World

Next Load, Any Road

Everywhere West

The Antracite Speedway.

 

Well, for my own Southern Alleghany & Cumberland, I've chosen "The Highland Line".  It's premier layout design element is a rather nice grade leading to a mountain pass, called Last Panther Gap.

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Posted by soumodeler on Friday, August 17, 2007 3:32 PM

Um, let me think...

The Southern Serves the South (Don't ever forget it!Wink [;)])

Green Light to Innovations

Fast Dependable Transportation

 I also have to give credit to the Central of Georgia (The Right Way) and NS - The Thoroughbred of Transportation.

 

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Posted by Paul3 on Friday, August 17, 2007 5:09 PM

The New Haven Railroad had a few:

"The Aristocrat of New England Transportation"

"The Key To New England"

"Train Yourself To Relax, Ride The New Haven Today"

"Center To Center Convienence"

"Serving The Great Industrial States of Massachusetts, Rhode Island And Connecticut"

You can even listen to a NH radio ad here:
http://www.gis.net/~fm/NH_Radio.wav (about 500kb)

And my favorite (since it's still painted on the bridge in my neighborhood):

Weather Or No Go New Haven

Paul A. Cutler III
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Go New Haven!
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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Friday, August 17, 2007 5:35 PM

GTW opted for the "Good Track Road" which beat the following employee suggestions:

"Ship Your Junk on the Grand Trunk" ...or..."We Hustle our Caboose for You"

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EVERYWHERE LOST; WE HUSTLE OUR CABOOSE FOR YOU

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Posted by tankertoad70 on Friday, August 17, 2007 6:19 PM
My fave is GN's "See America First".Cowboy [C):-)]
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Posted by reklein on Friday, August 17, 2007 6:40 PM
Gandydancer, a belated thanks for the memory prompt,next road any load,next road any load. OK I got it.
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Posted by dti406 on Friday, August 17, 2007 8:20 PM

The NKP's slogan was "Nickle Plate High Speed Service", that was emblazened on their bright red cabooses. 

The NKP also bought the Lake Erie and Western Railroad whose slogan to the people it served was Leave Early and Walk.

 

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Posted by paul_r on Friday, August 17, 2007 8:49 PM

My favorite slogan is for the Chattahoochee Industrial Railroad - "Better by a Dam Site"

 

Many years ago, my dad told me about the Spokane, Portland, and Seattle - "Slow Poke and Sloppy"

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Friday, August 17, 2007 9:16 PM

The slogan I use for my fictional heartland Divistion of CB&Q is.....

Everywhere Lost

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EVERYWHERE LOST; WE HUSTLE OUR CABOOSE FOR YOU

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Posted by empty net on Friday, August 17, 2007 9:57 PM

My favorite from the late 1940s-early 1950s is "Canadain Pacific Spans the World" to indicate that an indivdual could board a Canadian Pacific liner in Europe, cross the Atlantic, board a CPR transcontinental train, board another CP liner in Vancouver, and then continue on across the Pacific Ocean to Japan and China.  Also CP owned a large fleet of airliners.  A truly transcontinental and world wide travel system crossing a least 12 time zones.

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Posted by shawnee on Saturday, August 18, 2007 10:32 AM
 dti406 wrote:

The NKP's slogan was "Nickle Plate High Speed Service", that was emblazened on their bright red cabooses. 

The NKP also bought the Lake Erie and Western Railroad whose slogan to the people it served was Leave Early and Walk.

Rick

I don't know much about NKP, but wasn't the name Nickel Plate Road originally a slogan itself?  I recall reading about that somewhere.

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Posted by selector on Saturday, August 18, 2007 10:42 AM

Freelanced Seneca Falls Rwy - "There's no slack in these lines."

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Posted by steamage on Saturday, August 18, 2007 12:20 PM
The Southern Pacific unofficial slogan

Uphill Slow
Downhill Fast
Tonnage First
Safety Last

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Posted by Southwest Chief on Saturday, August 18, 2007 3:52 PM

"The celebrities' way is Santa Fe"

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Posted by snagletooth on Saturday, August 18, 2007 4:26 PM
 mlehman wrote:

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.

I love Rio Grandes slam slogan "Through the Rockies, not around them"
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Posted by shawnee on Saturday, August 18, 2007 5:13 PM
 paul_r wrote:

My favorite slogan is for the Chattahoochee Industrial Railroad - "Better by a Dam Site"

 

Many years ago, my dad told me about the Spokane, Portland, and Seattle - "Slow Poke and Sloppy"

That just might be the best one!  Laugh [(-D]

So, does anyone know if the Nickel Plate Road name started out as a slogan rather than the railroad name?

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Posted by PASMITH on Saturday, August 18, 2007 6:38 PM
The unofficial slogan of the Key West Extension of the Florida East Coast RR:


The "Overseas Railroad."


Peter Smith, Memphis

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