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Lettering and Logos

These images are not official railroad images, but they are my best attempts to create accurate railroad text and logos to use in the drawings. While I've been able to find many sources of lettering and painting diagrams online and in books, I don't buy fonts nor do I ask railroads for painting diagrams. As a result, most of my renditions are traced from photos. Helvetica is an extremely common lettering and number font which I match using variations of Swiss 721.

About the source material:

The text and logos listed here are the latest versions that I've been using in the 1:18 drawings. I am gradually updating and uploading older logos that were previously posted online in the "1:36 Logos" page. All 1:18 logos are 4 pixels per scale inch, with the 1:36 versions exactly half that. If you would like to fit the images on 1:55 drawings, scale the 1:18 version of the logo to 34% of its original size.

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Railroad Logo Links Notes Last modified
AA logo image Original
1:18
Photo trace 2015-02-15
AA logo image Original
1:18
Modified font
Based on Arial bold
2015-02-15
AMTK AMTK Numbers - Phase V Existing Font
Humnst777 BT
79 pt for 1:18
APA logo image 1:18 Modified Font
Based on Swis721 BT
69 pt for 1:18
Reduced to 86% width
2014-11-09
ATSF logo image Original
1:18
Photo trace
ATSF version
2015-02-15
ATSF logo image Original
1:18
1:36
Photo trace
EMD version
2015-02-15
ATSF logo image Original Photo trace 2014-11-09
ATSF logo image Original
1:18
Photo trace
Roman cab numbers
2014-11-09
BN BN Cab Numbers Existing Font
Swis721 BT Bold
62 pt for 1:18
BN logo image Original Photo trace 2015-02-15
BN logo image 1:18 Modified font
Swis721 MD BT Bold
Reduced to 96% height
Hood numbers
2015-02-15
BN logo image Original
1:18
Modified font
Based on Zurich BT Bold
2015-02-15
BNSF logo image Original
1:18
Photo trace
Heritage I
2014-11-10
BNSF logo image 1:18
1:36
Photo trace
Heritage II
2017-10-16
BNSF logo image 1:18 Modified font
Swis721 MD BT
Reduced to 89% height
Heritage 1 Numbers
2014-11-10
CDTX CDTX "Amtrak California" Existing Font
Swis721 BT
57 pt for 1:18
CDTX CDTX Numbers, Lettering Existing Font
Bodoni Bd BT
48 pt for 1:18
Cab numbers and small lettering
CEFX CEFX Lettering Existing Font
Swis721 BT
31 pt for 1:18
CEFX CEFX Numbers Existing Font
Swis721 Md BT
49 pt (side), 25 pt (end) for 1:18
CEFX logo image Original
1:18
1:36
Photo trace 2016-03-01
Chessie
system
logo image Original
1:18
Photo trace 2015-03-31
Chessie
system
logo image Original Photo trace 2018-11-12
Chessie
system
logo image Original
1:18
Photo trace 2015-03-31
CMQ CMQ - BAR heritage lettering Existing Font
Square721 Ex BT
Narrowed spacing
CMQ CMQ - BAR heritage numbers Existing Font
Arial Black
Modified "1"
CMQ CMQ lettering & numbering Existing Font
Dutch801 RmHD BT Bold
64 pt & 24 pt for 1:18
CN CN / DTI / DWP / GTW Cab Numbers 2 Existing/modified font
Gothic 725 Bd BT
66pt for 1:18

Some CN units use font as-is;
Most altered with flat (in place of angled) number tips;
"1" substituted with Swis721 MD BT narrowed by 1 px
CN CN / GTW Cab Numbers 1 Existing Font
CN 15-inch Numbers Bold (from CNRHA)
45 pt for 1:18
CN CN Cab Numbers 3 Existing font
Swis721 MD BT
66pt for 1:18
CN logo image Original Original specifications
Based on 40 x 15 square grid
Lines 3 squares wide
Circle radii of 1 and 4 squares
2014-01-31
CN logo image Original
1:18
Original specifications
Photo trace (map)
2014-01-31
CN logo image 1:18 Original specifications
Stripes are 45 degrees,
48" wide and 55" apart
2014-01-31
CN logo image 1:18 Modified font
Swis721 Hv BT
Reduced to 70% height
2014-11-13
CP logo image Original
1:18
Painting specifications trace
2" cab class lettering
2015-02-15
CP logo image Original
1:18
1:36
Modified font
Based on Swis721 Blk BT Italic
2015-02-15
CP logo image Original
1:18
1:36
Modified font
Based on Swis721 Blk BT Italic
2015-02-15
CR logo image 1:18 Photo trace 2014-05-24
CR logo image Original
1:18
Photo trace 2014-05-24
CR logo image Original
1:18
Photo trace 2014-05-24
CR logo image Original
1:18
Photo trace
GE version
2014-11-11
CREX CREX cab lettering Existing font
Arial Bold 32 pt, 12 pt
CREX CREX cab numbers Existing font
Arial Bold 50 pt
CREX logo image Original Modified font
Arial Black slanted 12 degrees
2018-03-05
CSXT CSXT Numbers - YN3 Existing Font
Swis721 BT Bold
CSXT logo image Original Photo trace (YN3 GP38-2) 2020-02-01
CSXT logo image 1:18 Modified Font
Swis721 Md BT
Width increased by 10%
2020-02-01
CV logo image Original Original specifications for "CN" logo supplemented with photos 2018-09-16

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