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Concerning the Patch [Column_Schemes & Paints]

gn_c01.jpg: Havre, MT, summer, 1971

Here is a photo of ex-GN 162, BN499, one of the 51 NW2s GN owned.
Can you see the evidence of round GN herald just beneath the white BN letters? I know the technique using scotch film to patch today. But the evidence shows that the technique of patching used on the locomotive made in 1949. I'm interested in the introduction date of the technique to the railroad industry, because I think the technique brings the expanse to the logo and herald design. I wonder if the logo and herald design changed or not after the introduction of this technique.

写っているのは、元々GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAYが51両抱えていたEMD製NW2の内の1両、162号機、1970年の合併によりBURINGTON NORTHERNの499に改番された機関車である。GNの塗色は深緑色とオレンジ色の塗り分けであるが、二色の塗り分け部分に黄色の線が入るものとないものが混在する。上は入った姿である。後年に省力化を図り、線を廃したようであるが、ないとやはりぼけた感じがする。

このGNのヘラルドは塗装などによって消されたのだろうか。見方によってはステッカーをはがしたようにも見える。最近ではロゴや機番などを、粘着シートを用いて記入するのが一般的になってきている。WESTERN PACIFICのF機の頭に粘着シートのヘラルドを貼っているところを撮った写真が表紙になっているTrains誌も見覚えがある。しかし当機は1949年製造である。もしヘラルドの記入に粘着シートが用いられていたなら、それはいつの頃からであろうか。

1930年に、粘着シートの元となるセロテープは開発されている。しかし、先に記したRio Grandeのロゴについて、テンダーにはステンシル(型板)を用いて記入したとの解説が"THE PROSPECTOR"にある。したがって、少なくとも1939年には、粘着シートを用いる技法はなかったとも考えられる。

Scotch Tape(いわゆるセロテープ)の歴史;
Flying - notes on the logo of Rio Grande 01;

われわれにもなじみ深いGNの"White Rocky logo"は1936年に制定されたようだが、筆者が粘着シート導入時期にこだわるのは、新技法が開発されると、ロゴやヘラルドのデザインの可能性が拡がると考えられるからである。粘着シートによる記入では、筆やステンシルでは困難な、細かなデザインや多色刷り・ぼかしなどのデザインが比較的簡単にできる。粘着シート導入によってどのような変化が起きたのか、あるいは起きなかったのか、筆者には興味深いところである。

Choice of rolling stock colors [Column_Schemes & Paints]

cn_c01.jpg: Hinton, ALTA, Canada. summer, 1971

I read the argument about the model manufacturer choice of rolling stock colors on the web. I'm interested in the thread because I'm collecting N scale 50' boxcar red boxcars shown as the title of this blog.

I also have a wish for the boxcar red boxcars of L&N, GN and like these. Maybe I should paint and decal by myself. But the hope (and or fear) for hearing the announcement from a manufacturer bothers me to do that. Oh I miss the MR "PAINT SHOP" column.

Anyhow, though my collection just sits in the glass case, a string of boxcar red boxcars looks like a realistic train for me, because I'm lost in the thought that the color of train should be brown as shown in the picture above.

thread discussing about the model manufacturer choice of rolling stock colors;

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Durability of Paint [Column_Schemes & Paints]

tera146_01.jpg: 27 years of weathering

My house needs painting every 10 years.
This JNR boxcar supposed to be last painted at least in 1985 when I took the photo in 2002. This rust represents 27 years of weathering here in Japan.

Meanwhile, we can find similar neglected boxcars in United States. In the MSCG books, we can find CB&Q 20260 built and painted in 1949 still represents its original paint in 1970 (with a little touch-up). N&W 42543 built in 1951 still wears its original costume in 1976.

So, the durability of their paints last longer than I had expected, considering my house.
Today, the Scotch patching is widely used to decorate the car. I wonder how long they will last.

tera146_02.jpg: JNR boxcar TERA146, July 2002, Osaka Japan


Graffiti and Move [Column_Schemes & Paints]

sou_c09.jpg: parked SRS-132 and other equipments, Knoxville TN, 1970

We have many kinds of graffiti decals and weathered with graffiti cars in our hobby market, today.
I personally don't like scribbled cars. But it certainly has a kind of culture that brought, for example, Keith Haring to us.

I read on the web that the reason why the graffiti is mainly created in United States is that the move is relatively low in US. Indeed, equipments were almost always just parked or standing on the rail, not running when I found them in my dairy life at Knoxville.

But the New York subway which was the canvas for Keith Haring runs every some minutes, 24 hours. So, the low movement would not be the reason for the graffiti.
I think its wide and plain surface and, especially, the high adhesion to the public notice induces the graffiti.

Homepage dedicated to Keith Haring;
thread discussing about the history of graffiti;


Tigers and Zebras 01 – Safety Stripes found along the Pacific rim [Column_Schemes & Paints]

1963_TWN_063.jpg: Beitou, Taiwan. Apr. 1963

Many railway equipments have striping on ends.
ATSF’s “Zebra Stripe” after World War Ⅱ and SP’s “Interim Tiger Stripe” in 1944 seem pioneers of end striping. But I don’t know for sure when these safety (or tiger) stripes were begun to use on equipments.

Stripe is not only used in United States but used in many countries such as Japan and Taiwan: often seen along the Pacific rim. In Europe, stripe seems not familiar. These facts made me think that adopting warning stripe on equipments was born in United States.

Here are some examples of safety stripe found along the Pacific rim.
The photo above shows Taiwan Railway Administration’s S207, a S200 class 65t product of GM made in 1960. The photo below shows DRC1025, a DR1000 class RDC product of Nippon-Sharyo in 1998.

zebra_10.jpg: Ching-Tung, Taiwan. Sep. 12, 2010

Here in Japan, many switchers and industrial size locomotives used at sidings and spurs were equipped with safety stripe. The photo below shows a JNR(by then Japan Freight Railway) 10t switcher.

jr_switcher_-10t.jpg: Nakatsugawa, Gifu, Japan. Sep. 1, 1994

Photo below shows Maruzen-Showa-Unyu’s DK605, a 20t product of Kyosan-Kogyo with rather steep angle striping.

zebra_02.jpg: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. Feb. 9, 1994

Photo below shows Kansai-Freight-Service’s DB256 and DB254, both 25t products of Nippon-Sharyo made in 1981 and 1968 with orthodox striping.

zebra_07.jpg: Osaka, Japan. Feb. 2002

And, Kanagawa-Rinkai-Railway’s DD559, a 55t product of Fuji-Heavy-Industries in 1972 also had orthodox striping.

zebra_01.jpg: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. Feb. 9, 1994

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Tigers and Zebras 02 – Origin of the Safety Stripe [Column_Schemes & Paints]

zebra_09.jpg: Osaka, Japan. Apr. 4, 2012

The origin of the safety stripe on the end of equipments is uncertain. Here is my suspicious inference for the origin.

The cowcatcher was invented for the safety. Purpose of stripe would also be for the safety.

However, the cowcatcher itself might be an invention of UK, it got popularity in US. And, they were found along the Pacific rim. As I represented before, safety stripe is also found along the Pacific rim.

Photo above shows the cowcatcher of a steam locomotive made by Porter in 1880 for use in Hokkaido Japan. It is now kept in a glass showcase at the museum. Here, we can see that the cowcatcher is consisted of parallel lines. Safety stripe is also consisted of parallel lines.

Though the blades of the cowcatcher are set parallel, it looks either spreading or narrowing out toward the end depending on from which it is viewed. It is because of its 3 dimensional curved surface of the form: It has an inclination. Safety stripe also has an inclination.

If one tries to represent the form of cowcatcher on plane surface, I think one would draw inclined parallel lines. Most of the safety stripe is drawn on plane surface: the stripe on Italian locomotive (Ferrovie Nord Cargo E640) would be placed between 2D and 3D.

It seems that safety stripe was born after the cowcatcher.

From these evidences, I came to think that the safety stripe on the end of equipments was born from the cowcatcher.

zebra_08.jpg: Osaka, Japan. Apr. 4, 2012

milano.jpg: Milano, Italy. Jun. 1, 2007

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Tigers and Zebras 03 – Chevrons and Diagonals [Column_Schemes & Paints]

zebra_11.jpg: Knoxville, TN. Winter, 1970

One would draw inclined parallel lines to represent 3 dimensional parallel lines, such as cowcatcher, in 2 dimension. Inclined parallel lines may make chevrons.

A way is to draw chevrons in “upward” position. Another is to draw in “downward” position. And the other is the diagonal. Here, “downward” means the way SOU represented on SW1500, #2329 shown above. “upward” is the reverse.

SOU kept it a rule to draw chevrons downward. So as ATSF(on front), CP, DRGW, GM&O, MEC, NKP, SAL, SCL, SP, WAB, WP and others. CNW, CRR, MKT, NYC, PGE, RDG and others drew upward. BN, CP and RT selected the diagonal. But, I found a weird case in Japan. Switchers of Sagami Unyu Soko adopted both upward and downward chevrons: No.1 had upward, while No.2 had downward. These switchers served U.S. Fleet Activities Yokosuka.

Most of the railroads drew 45 degrees chevrons. RDG drew steeper, and MKT drew more gently. Still more, some stripe’s width and Pitch are even, and some are not even.

Accordingly, there are so many ways to draw safety stripe on equipments. I believe that’s because cowcatcher is looked/read differently from which it is viewed.

zebra_04.jpg: Mar. 28, 1997 Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan

zebra_06.jpg: Mar. 28, 1997 Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan

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