paint scheme issues

I have a name for my railroad but how do I go about choosing a paint
scheme/logo. In real life my company probably couldnt afford to repaint its
engines anyway, all of which are hand-me-downs from bigger roads. It has
several engines on lease. Would it be possible to scrape off the old name &
put mine over them & make it look like it was done quick & cheap (by them),
without it looking tacky?
Do I need a logo anyway, or could I just have initials on the side of the
engines, the company pretty much doesnt own rolling stock being a
bridge-route it has run throughs and transfer freights so thats not a
problem.
If anyone has thoughts on this it would be great to hear them.
TIA
Shay
Down under in NZ
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Snowy
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Isn't the logo for CSX "CSX"?
What does the lease say about it??
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Paul Newhouse
2000
In this case what is wrong with tacky? The real ones did it. Don't bother to scrape off the old name, just block it out with paint and then add your own name.
Again, this was/is common practice.
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Ernie Fisch
You could just paint a thick black (or some other contrasting color) over the old road name and reporting marks. Then, paint/letter your reporting marks somewhere.
There are a lot of ex-UP units running around with a thick red line through the UNION PACIFIC letters on the long hood. The ex-CNW SD50s that NREX now own have NREX under the cab numbers.
Kennedy
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Kennedy (no longer not on The Haggis!)
=>=>2000 => =>> =>> I have a name for my railroad but how do I go about choosing a paint =>> scheme/logo. In real life my company probably couldnt afford to repaint its =>> engines anyway, all of which are hand-me-downs from bigger roads. It has =>> several engines on lease. Would it be possible to scrape off the old name & =>> put mine over them & make it look like it was done quick & cheap (by them), =>> without it looking tacky? => =>In this case what is wrong with tacky? The real ones did it. Don't =>bother to scrape off the old name, just block it out with paint and =>then add your own name.
You don't even have to paint out the old logo or number. Some CN engines bought or leased by short lines just have the short line's initials above the or below the original road number.
IOW, do whatever you think can be justified by terms of lease and/or cost and time constraints. Make up a story and stick to it!
Wolf Kirchmeir ................................. If you didn't want to go to Chicago, why did you get on this train? (Garrison Keillor)
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Wolf Kirchmeir
What I have done with the RDC's that the Far Seas Connecting RR has acquired is to use a paint that matches the paint under the logo and just paint out the logo and name and repaint with FSCRR.
-- From the computer of Frank A. Rosenbaum
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Frank A. Rosenbaum
The lease units will stay as they are because its not in the contract to repaint them, and the AWRR cant afford to do that anyway. I think I will paint over the previous name with a similar colour to the engine & write my roads initials on the long hood and on the cab. I think that would make it look like they have done it on the cheap. Thanks for all your ideas, it helped greatly.
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Snowy
A lot of short lines will just paint over the over the old name and number with a black rectangle and stencil in the new info. It doesn't look good, but it's prototypical.
Don
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Trainman
I've been successful scraping the numbers off freight cars using an x-acto knife with the straight blade (#1 handle) and using very light scraping motions using the entire flat surface of the blade. Never seems to lift any of the carbody paint off beneath and gets the numbers off, so I can renumber the carbodies with the appropriate decals.
I'm sure you could probably do the same with your locomotives, just by removing the roadname (and you might want to change the number too, as sometimes private railroads use relatively low numbering systems compared to the big boys). Although I have seen some private roads that retained the original number and just slapped their name over the old name.
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Slingblade
Not uncommon at all, for a short line, though they would be more likely to paint over the old name and logo before applying their own. These patches of new paint rarely match the faded paint of the original paint scheme. Small railroads with limited budgets for painting may not even apply their full name, but just the reporting marks.
Mark Alan Miller
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Mark Alan Miller
I have a name for my railroad but how do I go about choosing a paint Shay
Have a look in alt.binaries.pictures.rail. You will get a prototype look at all sorts of these things. Especially UP gobbleups. Also if you have the time, ABPR archives, just google it.
bg
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bg
'''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' I agree. . .
It "worked" for the LaSalle & Bureau County RR (LS&BC)!, eh, Don. Too bad they didn't actually buy the cars first, though.
Paul - "The CB&Q Guy" (and member of the LS&BC Model RR Club)
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Paul K - The CB&Q Guy
I'll just paint over the old name and put reporting marks & initials on the cab, as long as it looks prototypical then thats exactly what I was aiming for.
Thanks for some good ideas.
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Snowy
Most of the members here are probably too young to even remember that :-)
Except, as I recall, they didn't even stencil, just painted out the first digit of the road number and then freehand painted another digit at the end!
Don
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Trainman
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E Litella
''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' Guyz,
OK, now see that ugly pinkish, purpley color they used to paint over the herald? Click on the following:
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and check out the engine at the bottom of the page . . . Yech!
There's also an HO scale version of this but it's a private group and Yayhoo! won't let people into ANY group site now to look at pix, etc., unless you're a member. :>(
Paul - "The CB&Q Guy"
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Paul K - The CB&Q Guy

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