Renaming a Railroad

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by 2-8-2, Dec 1, 2006.


Which road name do you like best?

Poll closed Dec 11, 2006.
  1. Ohio Northern

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  2. Northern Ohio

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  3. Lake Erie & Southern

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  4. Erie & Southern

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  5. Wheeling, Akron & Lake Erie

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  6. Wheeling & Northern

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  7. Lake Erie - Southeastern

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  8. Ohio Valley & Lake Erie

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  9. Akron & Lake Erie

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  1. 2-8-2

    2-8-2 Member


    I've been in the planning phase of my layout for well over a year now. Most of this time has been spent researching and trying to develop a sense of what exactly it is I want. I've purchased track, lots of rolling stock, and even started on a few structures. My benchwork was even ready. But a couple weeks ago, I sat down and really looked at where my freelanced 1950's road was going. And the answer was nowhere. At just under 97 miles in length, it didn't really have much of a reason to exist. I'm also now able to build a bigger layout, nearly double the size of what I had originally planned.

    With a new system map (see image below), new trackage, and a new railroad needs a new name. I want to run a poll here at The Gauge to help me decide. Here's some background info:

    I'm modeling 1953 in Ohio. This new route is in the heart of Ohio's coal region, and coal to port would be the railroad's #1 industry. The line originates in Wheeling, WV and travels through the coal mine region, then north and northwest to Lake Erie. Major cities along the route are Wheeling, Stuebenville, Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Sandusky, and Toledo.

    I definitely don't want the name Stuebenville on the sides of my engines, so please don't suggest a name with that. There are several "Erie" named roads in this area: Erie RR (later the Erie-Lackawanna), Wheeling & Lake Erie, Lake Erie & Western. My first thought is to follow that pattern, and have Erie or Lake Erie in the name.

    I will use a few poll options, names that brakie has suggested. Feel free to vote in the poll, or post another name and/or slogan here. Also, please ask any questions that may help your decision, and I'll answer as soon as I can.

    Thanks everyone!

  2. railohio

    railohio Active Member

    We probably could've saved a lot of wasted electrons in the last thread if someone would've said this sooner: They are your toys and you are free to do whatever you want with them. You don't need to justify your actions by anything to anyone.

  3. 2-8-2

    2-8-2 Member

    I gained a lot from that thread.

    Things got a little heated last night because some people refuse to entertain the ideas of others, simply because they don't reflect their own. Personally, I think it would be a boring world if we all thought the same.

    I have to keep reminding myself that this is the internet, and that some people get their kicks out of being rude on forums. There are several posters here who have been very helpful to me during my time here, and naturally I trust their word. Especially when they're part of a railroading family dating back to the 1800's and a moderator on a railroad forum.

    The Gauge is a resource for many, myself included. I guess if you don't like viewing my wasted electrons, then don't cause additional waste by posting in my threads if you have nothing constructive to add.
  4. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    I chose Akron & Lake Erie I think The ALE Route would be a cool thing.... aussie aussie
  5. 2-8-2

    2-8-2 Member

    Haha! I didn't even think of that.

  6. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    I like the Wheeling & Northern because that's what it does. Except I'd suggest "Wheeling Northwestern" since it goes more north by northwest as the crow flies.
  7. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    I like ALE, not too fond of WAL, but there's somethin' about OVLE that just has the ring of reality about it!! (not that there's a thing wrong with the W&N!)
  8. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    I picked the Ohio Valley & Lake Erie. I find it to be a neat name.:D :thumb:
  9. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Brian,As you know thousands of modelers wants to plan and operate their layouts in a prototypical manner and many seek help to reach that goal..That's why knowledgeable modelers like us needs to help those that ask questions about the prototype,operations and so on..:D
    Personally I would rather see electrons being "wasted" on questions about railroads,operation, prototypical modeling, modeling in general etc then some of the foolishness I have seen on other forums.:D
    To that end I hope we(the members) never lose sight of that goal.:thumb:
  10. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    I like the sound of Erie and Southern - it's just sounds real to me, or almost like I've heard of it already, so that's my vote. :thumb:

  11. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    Might I suggest something similar to the Detroit & Lima Northern?

    That was the original name of the railroad through JC. I voted Ohio Northern for this reason. You are wise to look at the naming of other railroads in your area. Keep in mind, your railroad doesn't ever have to get near it's namesake since many railroads didn't (the Frisco? The Denver, South Park, and Pacific)

    (note: I can't remember the southern half of the DT&I's construction name, but I know the D&LN was the northern half...and I believe that did include St Johns & Jackson Center)

    Givin your hometown, some motive power to think of having in your roster...lettered for your railroad: a Pensy 2-8-0, a russian decapod, or a small berkshire.
  12. 2-8-2

    2-8-2 Member

    I agree. I'm leaning very strongly towards Erie & Southern for that very reason. It sounds "railroady", and it's like I've heard it before. And not to mention, it looks really cool on my paint scheme:


    I have a few herald designs in the works too. I'm switching to a diamond shape, because I think that would look better on the front of my engines, considering the paint scheme. It's a little tricky, because I don't want it to look too much like the Diamond E of the former Erie Railroad.
  13. 2-8-2

    2-8-2 Member

    Yeah, I think you're right. The D&LN was supposed to be responsible for Lima to the Michigan state line, but I thought I read somewhere once that they did come this far south.
  14. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    Perhaps I'll have to check my Dad's copy of Scott Trostel's DT&I book the next time I'm in Wapak.
  15. Catt

    Catt Guest

    I like Ohio Northern,but then again Erie Southern sounds good too. (No I did not forget the & :D )
  16. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    That is a nice looking paint scheme.:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  17. railohio

    railohio Active Member

    Aside from being a nice paint scheme it is also very believable, which you seem to be striving for. It looks very fitting for the era. Just don't expect it to say clean for very long in the coal fields.
  18. 2-8-2

    2-8-2 Member

    Thanks! :thumb:

    Yes, I'm trying...what's the word? Proto-freelance? I saw that description used somewhere to describe something like this.
  19. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Well I'm liking Erie & Southern and it seems apt for your route map. Proto-freelancing sounds like the term! Makes me want to establish a more detailed history and feasable justification for the short line I'm adding to my layout.
  20. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    I agree with Catt: Erie Southern, without the ampersand.:thumb:


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