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Best railroad slogans?

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Posted by traindaddy1 on Saturday, August 18, 2007 7:06 PM
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Posted by dti406 on Sunday, August 19, 2007 11:14 AM
 shawnee wrote:
 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?

Well, you made me go and dig.  According to the book "Nickle Plate Story", the term Nickle Plate Road was a nickname that came about in an editorial while Bellevue and Norwalk fought for the rights to be a division point on the railroad.

Nickle Plate High Speed Service was a slogan and it had an earlier slogan as the Meat Express Line.

 

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Posted by fyrestreakstrains on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 7:29 PM

My personal favorite is the PRR's "Standard Railroad of the World" or "Fleet of Modernism" slogans. (Though the first is a bit ironic, due to the fact that the PRR used unique designs for almost every one of its steam locomotives.)

As for my Delaware & Thunder Creek Railroad, I use a couple slogans on boxcars and such. My favorites are "Route of the Rivers" and "Ship it Sleek Along the Creek".

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, February 13, 2020 6:46 PM

Route of the Dashing Turtle.

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Posted by Little Timmy on Thursday, February 13, 2020 8:26 PM

My own railroad, the Demons Hollow & Pacific , has the following slogan...

"If it's got paint on it... it ain't ours

 

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Posted by doctorwayne on Thursday, February 13, 2020 10:18 PM

Here are a few....

When I back-dated my layout's era, many of the above cars had lettering which was too modern, and I either stripped and re-painted them, using older-style lettering, or sold or gave them away.

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Posted by gmpullman on Friday, February 14, 2020 5:03 AM

A few I came across recently:

 Cotton_Belt by Edmund, on Flickr

 DTnI_logo by Edmund, on Flickr

 TPnW_621 by Edmund, on Flickr

And the ever-popular Wellsville, Addison and Galeton slogan:

 WAG_6075 by Edmund, on Flickr

I remember seeing quite a few of these cars still running in the early 1970s. I believe they leased them to the Penn-Central.

 WAG_OB by Edmund, on Flickr

WAG served a few tanneries on the line, hence the "Sole-Leather-Line".

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Posted by BRAKIE on Friday, February 14, 2020 5:23 AM

NP: Main street of the Northwest and Route of the North Coast Limited.

RF&P Linking North and South.

A&R Road of personalized service.

 

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Posted by jeffhergert on Friday, February 14, 2020 10:52 PM

wgnrr

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.

Phil

 

 

Missed this back when it first appeared.  Any C & NW employee I ever met said it stood for Cheap and Nothing Works.

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Posted by softail86mark on Saturday, February 15, 2020 1:23 AM

Stockton, Terminal and Eastern

The slow, tired and easy

 

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Posted by Canalligators on Saturday, February 15, 2020 9:03 AM

That would be Dashing Dottie.  (My FIL was a lifetime employee, retiring in '73.)

Those are cool, but I'm partial to "The Water Level Route".

A few years ago during the great Texas freight meltdown, this one floated: "You can't spell stupid without UP".  I'm not a UP hater, but this was just too funny.

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Posted by doctorwayne on Saturday, February 15, 2020 1:00 PM

My favourite prototype and hometown railroad was the Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo, but the TH&B never had a slogan.
It was, however, also known colloquially as both the "To Hell & Back" and as the "Tramps, Hoboes & Bums.

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Posted by Water Level Route on Saturday, February 15, 2020 5:05 PM

Surprised nobody mentioned Pennsylvania's "Standard Railroad of the World" slogan.  I always loved that one.

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Posted by BATMAN on Saturday, February 15, 2020 5:10 PM

How many other railroads had their own airforce and navy and hotel chain?Laugh

Image result for canadian pacific spans the world

 

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Posted by ROBERT PETRICK on Saturday, February 15, 2020 5:24 PM

"We may be slow and incompetent, but we make up for it by being overpriced."

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Posted by BNSF UP and others modeler on Saturday, February 15, 2020 7:09 PM

I like practically all of UP's slogans...

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Posted by gmpullman on Saturday, February 15, 2020 10:54 PM

A pretty corny one, but the public would remember:

 CSSnSB_111 by Edmund, on Flickr

Chicago, South Shore and South Bend, 1972.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, February 16, 2020 5:40 AM

Water Level Route
Surprised nobody mentioned Pennsylvania's "Standard Railroad of the World" slogan.

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Was that ever their slogan? I do not remember ever seeing it painted on anything or in print.

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Posted by BRAKIE on Sunday, February 16, 2020 7:18 AM

SeeYou190

 

 
Water Level Route
Surprised nobody mentioned Pennsylvania's "Standard Railroad of the World" slogan.

 

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Was that ever their slogan? I do not remember ever seeing it painted on anything or in print.

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-Kevin

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That self proclaimed  slogan was real but,I think it was used on business cards.. PRR did use "Don't Stand Me Still" slogan on some 40'  boxcars.

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Posted by BN7150 on Friday, February 21, 2020 11:36 AM

Some slogans from the 1960s are also interesting.

ACL, Another Cushioned Load
ACL

SCL, Smooth Cushiond Load
SCL

CRR, Clinchfield Cushion Car
CRR

FGE, For Greatest Efficiency
FGE

MEC, Modern Efficient Cushioning
MEC

MEC, Prime Mover for Maine Industry
     MEC

GM&O, Cushioned for a Soft Ride ....Inside
MEC

RI, cushion car- A Soft Touch for freight
RI

SAL, Cushion Underframe for Perfect Product Protection
SAL

Soo, Custom Equipped for Custom Service
SOO

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Posted by wjstix on Friday, February 21, 2020 3:28 PM

shawnee
I never got Tony Koester's slogan for his much-publicized Allegheny Midland, "The Midland Road". Doesn't conjure much of anything.

That wasn't a slogan, it was a nickname...similar to how the Minneapolis, St.Paul & Sault Ste. Marie RR was nicknamed "The Soo Line" ("Sault" is pronounced like the name "Sue") or the Missouri-Kansas-Texas was called "The Katy" or "Miss Katy" (for it's "M-K-T" freight car markings).

IIRC, the New York Chicago and St.Louis RR was nicknamed "The Nickel Plate" based on articles and promises to potential investors about how well it would be built. In the 19th century, saying something was "nickel plated" was a way of saying something was the best, the 'top of the line'. Kinda like saying something is "the gold standard" of whatever.

I'm sure many people seeing freight cars on my layout with my freelance St Paul Route's "Route of the Famous Lake Superior Limited" slogan think it is adapted it from Northern Pacific's "Route of the Vista-Dome North Coast Limited" slogan of the 1950's-60's...but it isn't.

My free-lance railroad is based on two real railroads that merged out of existence in 1900. (In my world they merged with each other instead of being taken over by two larger railroads, NP and CN.) The one that was taken over by NP, the St Paul & Duluth, had as it's flagship passenger train the Lake Superior Limited, and used the "Route of the Famous Lake Superior Limited" slogan on stationary and advertising in the 1890's.

As it happens, NP didn't introduce the North Coast Limited until a few months after buying the St.P & D. Who knows, maybe in reality NP's later slogan was inspired by the old St.Paul & Duluth slogan?  Wink

 
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Posted by BRAKIE on Friday, February 21, 2020 9:38 PM

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Detroit & Toledo Shore Line Expressway For Industry.

Wabash Follow The Flag.

A & W   The West Point Route.

Columbus & Greenville  Through The Heart Of Dixie.

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Posted by gmpullman on Friday, February 21, 2020 9:49 PM

BRAKIE
Detroit & Toledo Shore Line Expressway For Industry.

 DTSL_120cab by Edmund, on Flickr

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Posted by BRAKIE on Saturday, February 22, 2020 5:05 PM

Ed,That is one sharp looking caboose. Atlas did D&TSL GP7s and  I almost bought two but,decided not to.Bang Head  As late as 2010 I seen D&TSL 2 bay coveed hoppers on the NS always running in threes.. I notice they came through Bucyrus on Saturdays heading East. These was the same three cars so,I suspect it was a short haul with a quick turn around.

Larry

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