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Posted by BaltACD on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 9:02 AM

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And I thought 2grand was a lot to pay to paint my 1976 sedan DeVille cadillac

Was watching a aircraft site - painting a commercial aircraft is between $100K & $200K or more - depending how fancy and artistic the owner wants the plane to be.

A friend has a 30 foot race car trailer that he had repainted about 15 years ago - $3500 for a two tone white on top and yellow on the bottom - straight line separation.

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Posted by chicagorails on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:35 AM
And I thought 2grand was a lot to pay to paint my 1976 sedan DeVille cadillac
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Posted by BaltACD on Thursday, September 17, 2020 8:09 PM

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How much to paint one reg co colors?

A paint job for a locomotive is in the $20K-40K range.  It takes quite a few gallons for each engine.

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Posted by caldreamer on Thursday, September 17, 2020 1:55 PM

You only need one engine painted in each of the ten predessor railroads.

BN, BN sublettered FWD, BN sublettered, C&S, TP&W, ATN, CB&Q, SP&S, GN, NP and ATSF.

 

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Posted by chicagorails on Thursday, September 17, 2020 8:26 AM
How much to paint in her to colors?
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Posted by chicagorails on Thursday, September 17, 2020 8:25 AM
How much to paint one reg co colors?
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Posted by rdamon on Monday, September 14, 2020 2:29 PM

Seeing more photos show up on railpictures.

Looks like all the decal-bonnets are identical.

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Posted by rdamon on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 4:29 PM

They could go with all the BRK holdings ... that would get busy!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_assets_owned_by_Berkshire_Hathaway

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Posted by Overmod on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 2:35 PM

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If NASCAR raced locomotives.. 

Well, not exactly, since none of the stickers are advertisers.  Perhaps more like the ricer community, where cars are plastered with stickers in return for free or discounted component parts, a little more analogous to component rail systems in an overly merged single thing.

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Posted by rdamon on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 2:17 PM

If NASCAR raced locomotives.. 

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Posted by kgbw49 on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 1:41 PM

Kind of reminds me of Skittles with all the bright colors on the side.

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Posted by Leo_Ames on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 12:42 PM

Was afraid they were all going to be that way. Was how the press release read, so I'm not too surprised to see repeats.

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Posted by Overmod on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 12:27 PM

Of course this is still a world in which 15 minutes of casual railfanning turns up three units in Warbonnet paint and three -- in a block! -- in executive scheme.  (And this 5 minutes after seeing ex-IC 1011 and 1019, both still in unpatched 'death star' paint, running doubleheaded... on NS...)

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Posted by rdamon on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 12:17 PM
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Posted by NP Eddie on Sunday, August 23, 2020 8:50 PM

It is doughtful that the BNSF will paint any locomotives as the NS has done. Cost is the primary reason. NP [2] (freight black and Lowey green), GN [2] (EB colors and Big Sky Blue), CBQ [2] Chinese red and original GP and SD colors, SLSF, SPS, and ATSF [2] FT blue and yellow and the war bonnet.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Sunday, August 23, 2020 4:17 PM

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There may be issues with not offending competitors or other shippers

Possibly, but the shippers issue is a non-starter with the examples I gave, Amtrak and NJ Transit don't have shippers.  As far as competitors go as far as I know Amtrak and NJT don't play favorites, you want your ad on the locomotive, sure, as long as you're willing to pay for it.

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Posted by Psychot on Sunday, August 23, 2020 10:22 AM

Man, would I love to see one in Big Sky Blue with the mountain goat logo and another in the NP's Loewy scheme.

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Posted by NP Eddie on Saturday, August 22, 2020 5:43 PM

Great looking locomotive with those decals. As far as I am concerned, the SLSF and ATSF could have been left off. The SLSF was run by a bunch of southern clods who did not know railroading. The ATSF people took over and knew nothing about winter railroading and screwed up a good railroad.

 

They forgot the FW&D.

The BN was formed by railroaders who know how to railroad in all weather.

I was there at Northtown (Minneapolis) in 1970 and witnessed it first hand.

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Posted by Overmod on Sunday, August 16, 2020 1:11 PM

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Why it's not done more often as a revenue source I couldn't say.

There may be issues with not offending competitors or other shippers -- see some of the discussions around the Marlboro Express "Thunder" project. There have been some famous advocacy paint schemes, including for local sports teams and the Olympics.

I suspect if there were better mobile 'wrap' teams, with railroad safety savvy, a better pitch could be made to transit authorities or various freight operators.  Although I have latently-suppressed, terrible by dim recollection memories of something involving Amtrak and libraries that leads me to start finding excuses not to facilitate this sort of thing...

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Posted by SD70Dude on Sunday, August 16, 2020 12:42 AM

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     You guys need to think way outside the box. Entities that own stadiums figured out how to make an extra buck. Why does the paint job even have to be railroad related? They could cover the locomotive with advertizing. Think big: Microsoft, Mountain Dew, Budweiser! Mischief

It's been done!  But not often though.  I've seen photos of Amtrak NEC locomotives "skinned" with advertising, also some NJ Transit units. 

Why it's not done more often as a revenue source I couldn't say.

Via Rail used to have a bunch of wrapped ad locomotives.  Kool-Aid, Spiderman, Home Hardware and Telus come to mind, though there were more.  The Quebec lottery one was the worst, it ended up looking like a giant turd as the paint faded.

https://www.railbus.ca/via-ad10.html

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Friday, August 14, 2020 4:17 PM

Murphy Siding

     You guys need to think way outside the box. Entities that own stadiums figured out how to make an extra buck. Why does the paint job even have to be railroad related? They could cover the locomotive with advertizing. Think big: Microsoft, Mountain Dew, Budweiser! Mischief

 

It's been done!  But not often though.  I've seen photos of Amtrak NEC locomotives "skinned" with advertising, also some NJ Transit units. 

Why it's not done more often as a revenue source I couldn't say.

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Posted by nyc#25 on Friday, August 14, 2020 3:39 PM

I started railfanning in the 1950's.  Back then they were called "heralds".  Nobody ever heard the word "logo" then.

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Posted by caldreamer on Friday, August 14, 2020 3:00 PM

UNTIL BNSF releases the locomotives, everyone is just speculating on what the paint schemes will be.  NOTHING  official has been said about which paint schemes will be uses.

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Posted by CMStPnP on Friday, August 14, 2020 2:51 PM

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I'd love to see a resurrection of those classic paint schemes like the Great Northern,  Northern Pacific, CB&Q, and Santa Fe had, but then I wouldn't be the one paying for it.   

Most of those were designed by General Motors  - EMD to make their E and F cab units look better.

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Posted by azrail on Friday, August 14, 2020 2:43 PM

All of goods and services owned by Berkshire could be advertised on the side of BNSF locos....Geico, Dairy Queen, Duracell, Steelcase...

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Posted by Overmod on Friday, August 14, 2020 2:26 PM

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Why does the paint job even have to be railroad related? They could cover the locomotive with advertising. Think big: Microsoft, Mountain Dew, Budweiser!Mischief

Somewhere I still have a copy of the artwork from the initial marketing guy for the T1 Trust that has the tender decked out in supergraphic Coca-Cola red and white script.  (Ties in with Tuscan-red collector cans made with 'real sugar' and twice the caffeine...)

I assume everyone here has seen Kelly Lynch's Coke commercial with 765, a different but certainly no less effective way to do promotion.

The skins I developed for the 'New London Bus' competition would allow this sort of thing to be loaded and run, including animation, just like modern billboards...

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Friday, August 14, 2020 1:48 PM

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     You guys need to think way outside the box. Entities that own stadiums figured out how to make an extra buck. Why does the paint job even have to be railroad related? They could cover the locomotive with advertizing. Think big: Microsoft, Mountain Dew, Budweiser! Mischief

 
Nothing is new under the sun.  Some of us remember when the Railway Express Agency used to place ads on the sides of its delivery trucks and semi-trailers.
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Posted by Murphy Siding on Friday, August 14, 2020 1:12 PM

     You guys need to think way outside the box. Entities that own stadiums figured out how to make an extra buck. Why does the paint job even have to be railroad related? They could cover the locomotive with advertizing. Think big: Microsoft, Mountain Dew, Budweiser! Mischief

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Friday, August 14, 2020 12:59 PM

If stickers are all they do then honestly it's a bit of a disappointment.  But when you come right down to it they don't have to do anything. 

I'd love to see a resurrection of those classic paint schemes like the Great Northern,  Northern Pacific, CB&Q, and Santa Fe had, but then I wouldn't be the one paying for it.   

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