The Gauge Railway

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  1. McFortner

    McFortner Member

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    I saw a picture that Vic did on Techincal Q & A for explaining how to set up couplers with a picture. That picture got me thinking about how cool it would be if we all worked on a mutual private railway: The Gauge Railway. We could each make up a car or two for our layouts for it. But I think we need to get a general consesus on the font and general color scheme this railway would use.

    So what do the rest of y'all think?

    Michael

    ps: here is the picture that got all of this started....

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  2. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    Neat!!!

    How about Blue & White - The "colors" of the BB??????

    I'm in!!!!!!

    ~~ When do we start????

    ~~Mikey
  3. McFortner

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    So the colors would be something like this?

    And what font should we use? Whatever we can get our hands on the easiest?

    Michael

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  4. rockislandmike

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    A compelling idea. It's worth noting, though, that few of us will have the capability of putting *white* lettering on any railcar, unless we custom order decals.

    A number of us, however, would be able to do dark lettering on a lighter colored car.
  5. McFortner

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    Point taken. How about this then?

    Up way past his bedtime,

    Michael
  6. McFortner

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    It helps when I remember the image.....:eek:

    Michael

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  8. Vic

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    Sorry Guys...No Blue Cars on the D&RGW narrow gauge.:eek: Paint schemes are very simple...for the simple minded like me!:D :D :D

    Black = Locos, Tank Cars and Stock Cars
    Yellow = Reefers
    Tuscan Red = Freight Cars and Some Passenger Cars
    Pullman Green = Passenger Cars
    Gray = MOW
  9. Vic

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    How about a Reefer???

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  10. Tyson Rayles

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    Vic, the Gauge Railroad would not be the D&RG so blue would not be out of order.
  11. jon-monon

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    How about we leave it free form as The Box was, so each can choose the colours and fonts to match his/her own whims, layout, moisture level, etc.?:D :D :D
  12. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    I agree with the fonts, but the colors have to be decided on.

    I like the black lettering idea.

    ~ Mikey

    P.S. - I have NO blue cars on my layout either.
  13. Vic

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    Hey Tyson, Just thinking ahead a few miles....rare for me:D Already have a painted but unletter reefer:D Trying to get the most "bang" for the "least" amount of work!!!:D :D :D New meds do give me a few moments of "clarity" LOL!!!!

    Mikey, I like the "freestlye" idea. That way it could be an evolving railroad....from humble beginings to a profit making class 1 road. No worry about fonts, logos or colors.....:"just run what you brung":D :D :D :p
  14. jon-monon

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    Perhaps Mikey is onto sumpthin, tho, and maybe we should restrict certain colours from are gauge rollin' stock!

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  15. eightyeightfan1

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    Am I late.....Three day workend.
    Why does it have to be a box car? Gondola, flat car..ect...ect. If its a railroad, it would most likely have assorted rolling stock.
    But I agree, one color for all the rolling stock. Something to identify it as "The Gauge railroad"
  16. jon-monon

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    At this point the type of car is undefined and it could be any type of rollin' stock.
  17. McFortner

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    Well, as far as car type is concerned I had no specific type in mind. I used the box car because it was easy to modify and it was handy! ;) In fact, I thought that it could be anything you wanted; engine, boxcar, flatcar, caboose, etc. While a unified color would be nice, I guess it would not be necessary (but we can sit back and argue this for a while.... ;) ).

    And how would we number them? I was playing around with an idea, but I am not sure how well it would work. I was thinking that each user would have a unique prefix in order to identify the division of the RR (i.e., Vic's prefix would be 42, Shamus 2, mine 300....) then the number of the unit.

    Example:

    Steam engines n-001 to n-499
    Diesel engines n-500 to n-999
    Freight cars n-F001 to n-F999
    Reefers n-R001 to n-R999
    Tankers n-T001 to n-T999
    Passenger cars n-P001 to n-P999
    Baggage cars n-B001 to n-B999
    RPO n-M001 to n-M999
    Cabooses n-C001 to n-C999

    Ok, so it is a little rough around the edges, but you get the idea. This keeps any two users from using the same numbers for different cars.

    So what do y'all think? :confused:

    Michael
  18. rockislandmike

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    Perhaps we could refine that a bit better.

    Since we don't really want to use letters in road numbers, the first number (of five) could be for the type of car - i.e., "1" for box cars, "2" for tank cars, etc.

    The next two digits could be the user. I claim "09" while we're at it, cause that's the number I wore in my dream last night when I played for the Edmonton Oilers.

    The last two digits would be the unit number - this allows each individual up to 100 cars of any one type, ***WAAAYYY*** more than enough.

    So, for example, a boxcar I created would be "109xx".

    I'd be more than willing to track the road numbers for everyone if we wanted to keep a central database for curiousity.
  19. davidstrains

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    Two thoughts and a question.

    1. A standard color(s) does unify the railroad itself. Tuscan red or Pullman green are used widely in the railroad circles.

    2. type of car should be an individual choice because I might be a passenger train freak instead of a freight hauler. Someone else is a logger or a container hauler. That gives us more variety and does not limit the era of the car in the railroad either. It can be an "oldtimer" from the 1890's, a 30's-50's 40 footer or a modern era 60'-80' car. What is important is the concept of "The Gauge" railroad as a far-reaching community of friends.:) :)

    the question - where do the numbers come from i.e vic = 42, shamus = 2?
  20. McFortner

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    To be 100% honest, I just pulled the two names and numbers out of my rearend. It was just an example. Nothing intended, honest! :eek: ;) :eek: :)

    Michael