Re: Decals for scale locations and light weights

Tim O'Connor


The Union Pacific needs white, black, red and yellow reweigh shop stencils, lube stencils, freight car classes, built dates,
and actual load limit and light weight stencils both pre-1963 and post-1963!! (Gross Rail Load values increased for all
freight cars in 1963 and every car had to be reweighed and restenciled)

I'm just sayin' :-)

But I'd be very interested in the above. And there are other roads that need multiple colors too. And you could figure out
how to compile all that on a sheet for one major railroad (or set of roads) then use that layout as a 'template' for other roads.

In my opinion you can cover a lot of territory with "roman" and "gothic" type because the sizes are so small - 1" 2" 3" so
fine distinctions are a lot harder to see and don't matter unless you're building a museum piece. But there are exceptions
I'm sure like NYC and PC modern styles etc.

On 10/29/2020 12:15 PM, hubert mask wrote:
Ed is very correct.  I will have to look at each railroads font.   Will have to hold it to certain amount of roads.


On Oct 29, 2020, at 12:12 PM, Charlie Duckworth <omahaduck@...> wrote:

Ed Hawkins reminded me that the railroad’s stencils were different so I’ve added a column so the font will be different based on photos.   As I mentioned,  I’m only selecting the most common weigh stations by railroad and plan to have only 6-8 stations for the larger roads.  My cut off year is 1960 and start year is 1935.   I did find the reweigh list in the files folder and have it as a starting point.   Also adding tare weights to the list based on photo sources.  

Charlie D. 

On Oct 29, 2020, at 10:27 AM, Bruce Smith <smithbf@...> wrote:

 Yeah, one of the drawbacks of the Champ sheets is that the style of the letters and numbers does not match some of the newer, finer, decal efforts. But it is way better than nothing. I have thought about custom printing reweigh dates just for my era of modeling.



Bruce F. Smith            

Auburn, AL

"Some days you are the bug, some days you are the windshield."

On Oct 29, 2020, at 9:53 AM, Tim O'Connor <timboconnor@...> wrote:

I have them and I've used them, but a Microscale sized sheet with hundreds of dates from the 1940's to ~1965 (when the
stencil practice mostly ended) is what I really need. For example Ted Culotta's beautiful SP box car decal sheets have tons
of small data... but the dates in the mid to late 1950's are very few

On 10/29/2020 10:34 AM, Bruce Smith wrote:
Champ decals did this. They subdivided the railroads by region, and then provided reweigh codes for each railroad. They also provided a separate sheet of reweigh dates.

From: <> on behalf of Benjamin Hom <b.hom@...>
Sent: Thursday, October 29, 2020 8:10:51 AM
To: <>
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Decals for scale locations and light weights
Charlie Duckworth wrote:
"I’ve been kicking around an idea with Hubert Mask on having a decal set made with the most common weight locations by railroad.  I have a comprehensive list of Mopac locations but would need help with the other railroads.   I told Hubert I’d be happy to compile a list if the group members would send me the top six or eight locations.  Obviously I don’t want the full name but the ‘short name’ the railroad used in there stencil.  As example for the MP Kingsville was KV, Alexandria was ALEX. The decal sheet would be alphabetized by railroad so if you are wanting to restenciled a ATSF boxcar it would be easy to find.   He’ll also include a set of light weights."

Check the group Files section for the Reweigh Symbol spreadsheet.  It's crowdsourced and could probably use a bit of QA, but it's been there for years.

Ben Hom

Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts

Charlie Duckworth 
Omaha, Ne.

Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts

Join { to automatically receive all group messages.