Y&MV Freight Car Box Labels Added
I first dabbled in this when I began painting and decaling my own cars. Of course the process made the information on the boxes incorrect. At first I think I just used a Sharpie and marked the new car number on the box. Then I graduated to placing a blank label on the box and marking it with a pen. Finally I decided to take the time to develop labels using PowerPoint.
The largest and most prominent information I put on the label is the Reporting Mark (NS, SOU, TGN, YMV, etc) and the Road Number. I use my favorite font, Arial Black. It is nice and bold and easy to read. This information is also underlined for emphasis.
Next I use a smaller font to describe the car type in two lines. This writing is also large enough to be read from a respectable distance.
In the bottom-left corner I put the name of the car manufacturer. The opposing bottom-right corner gets a .jpeg or .png image of a relevant logo to add some level of visual recognition to the equipment inside.
The current need for me to create some labels is the cars I am custom painting now that the paint booth is in production mode. The Y&MV Thrall All-Door boxcars being the current project on the workbench put them at the front of the line for new labels.
So back to today's task. The Walthers Proto Boxes have basically the same end dimensions as some Walthers passenger car boxes that I had already made labels for. I just copied that page and made adjustments as needed.
Since I have the RSP 20277 Thrall All-Door boxcar handy that I have decided to keep because it is decorated for Vicksburg's own Anderson-Tully Company (ATCO), I went to the internet to see if I could find a suitable logo. I easily found a logo at home.andersontully.com and saved it to the PowerPoint file.
The very last page of my PowerPoint file is basically a blank page where I store all of the logo files I find and use as I go along. Essentially it is my logo clip art library.
Since I started my freight car cataloging exercise, I came up with a process to help me determine if a car has been entered in the data base. Part of this process is the placement of an asterisk (*) on each end of the box of every car as it is entered in the data base. This makes it very easy for me to determine if a car has been entered and eliminate duplicate entries for the same car.
In keeping up with this process I have added the asterisk digitally to the labels printed up today since the cars are in the data base. This keeps the boxes a bit more professional. You can see the asterisks on many of the boxes in the above image.
Another addition is a text box in the upper-left corner stating "CMP Custom Paint" for the cars that I have painted. On the RSP 20277 label I shortened that to read just my initials. As it is possible that I may run these cars at Free-Mo or Club Layouts, having my initials on the boxes is not a bad thing.
The labels printed on the Kirkland photo paper just fine. I used a metal straight edge and an X-Acto Knife to cut the printed sheet into properly sized labels. In the past I have had adhesive labels fall off after the passage of some time. I have experimented with different glues since then and have settled on one that is perhaps a bit overkill, but it works and will likely last forever!
My adhesive of choice is Liquid Nails. I always have a 4 FL OZ tube of this stuff around the house so squeezing a bead of this product on the end of a freight car box is easy. Then I use my finger to smear the Liquid Nails evenly over the area that will be covered by the label. Next I gently press the label onto the adhesive and it is done! Any excess Liquid Nails that is pushed out by the label can easily be wiped away before it dries.