A new look for the KP&W

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by Ralph, Sep 5, 2007.

  1. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    The Kings Port & Western Railroad hs made a change in its paint scheme for box cars as evidenced by this 50 footer recently observed at West Mill. The orange and black seem more eye catching than the former light blue with washed out orange lettering. :) The NY state outline helps convey its territory.

    You can see an example of the earlier scheme near the car float.


    All decals are made from Testor's clear decal paper with graphics made on Microsoft Word.
  2. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    Coooool! I like the coloring and scheme - clean and simple.
  3. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Very nice:thumb:. Is the shop repainting the loco's to?

  4. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

    Ralph, i REALLY LIKE the NEW paint scheme!!:thumb::thumb::thumb: though i would still keep a few of the boxcars with the original paint scheme around:winki::mrgreen: .
    :deano: -Deano
  5. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Thanks guys. No, I'm going to keep the loco scheme. One of the reasons for the box car change was that a line of KP&W cars following a blue loco looked ...well...too blue! :) The other issue was that I was never really satisfied with the way the orange letters came out on the blue cars. I will be keeping some of the old ones around though as Dean suggests to keep a sense of history.

    Here some of the newer cars sit on the interchange track in Kings Port while another freight rolls on the highline.
  6. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    Great improvement :thumb::thumb:, just as Herc said: clean and simple.
  7. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Looks good, Ralph. :thumb::thumb: The cars sorta remind me of those of the Genesee & Wyoming, although I think that those had black ends and roofs.

  8. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Great job with those cars..!!! Is that decal paper available for white lettering..?? I got several steamers that need lettering....
  9. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Testor's does have white backed decal paper for white lettering. I've used it on black hoppers and one black loco. To get white letters you have to create them on a colored background to match whatever you plan to stick the decal on. This can be a little bit of a challenge even with the black you might use for steamers. Your printer may print the black more glossy or more flat than the model and it will be noticeable. I don't know if you'll be able to manipulate the tone of your black or not. I dealt with the issue by weathering around and over the edges of the decal.

    This loco was a challenge as the decal's black background was very visible against the loco body. I weathered the whole loco heavily to mask it.

    This KP&W RS unit didn't need heavy weathering becuse I was able to match the blue color on the decal background pretty well to the loco body.

    It helps to trim the decal paper as close to the lettering as possible. Dulcoat also tones down diferences a little but the color match really is crucial for standing up under close scrutiny.

  10. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    I like the new orange boxcars Ralph!:thumb: At least you kept the blue and orange loco's, they're really cool. To be honest, the orange on Riverside 1116 (awaiting decals any day now) was inspired by your switchers:oops: hope you don't mind:oops:. BTW how do you explain that really weathered ex-PRR loco now in service on the KP&W? THe keystone herald is showing up on the high short hood.
  11. chessie4155

    chessie4155 Active Member

    Ralph: very cool..I like the new look...:thumb:
  12. b28_82

    b28_82 Member

    I think someday i should introduce some Conrail locos to your layout. Or maybe something more neutral like KB&S RS-11s hehe. Nice new sheme though.
  13. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Well that's neat! I don't mind at all! :thumb: As for the loco with the keystone, the KP&W bought it from the Pennsy shortly before the PC merger, did a quick patch job but never bothered blotting out the herald. :)

  14. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    Nice looking boxcars and locos, Ralph!:thumb::thumb:
  15. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    WOW sweet looking new paint scheme Ralph, I love it, it is eye catching :thumb: :mrgreen: :thumb:
  16. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    Some railroads (like Conrail), when they patch an engine, try to cover all original lettering and emblems. Most just replace or add their own lettering but don't bother trying to cover up everything until they do a full repaint. The KP&W is realistic in this.

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