Railroad font identification help

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Railroad font identification help

Post by amadlinger » Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:01 pm

Hi all,

I am trying to identify the font in the images below (taken from O-scale decals) in order to have lettering made up for an 1.5" scale Pacific. The decals were made at least 40 years ago, by Sam Cicchini of NJLS. Can anyone out there help me identify the font used? I know this much: it's definitely not a standard computer font...

I have already searched the MyFont.com site, which has a handy tool to try to identify a font given an image, to no avail (it suggested Clarendon, a close relative of this font but not quite the same).

Any and all additional information would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Sincerely,
Adam
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Re: Railroad font identification help

Post by amadlinger » Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:05 pm

Ahh! An additional trinket of information has just come in. The original envelope that these decals came in, post-marked January 23rd, 1947 (yes, 1947) indicates that they are from:

Keith Labar
1278 N. Harvard Blvd.
Hollywood Calif.

Does this ring a bell with any of you California folks?

Sincerely,
Adam

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Re: Railroad font identification help

Post by FLtenwheeler » Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:18 pm

Hi

Try RailFonts. http://www.railfonts.com/

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Re: Railroad font identification help

Post by John_S » Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:31 pm

Have you tried http://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/ ?

Upload an image and it tries to match the font to a known, existing one. The problem with most RR fonts is that they just don't exist in computer form.

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Re: Railroad font identification help

Post by ccvstmr » Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:37 pm

Most, if not all, railroad fonts were proprietary property. As such, you won't find many of those type faces on word processing programs like M/S Word or Corel Word Perfect. Time Roman is a close substitute to Rail Roman...but the fine serifs sometimes don't transfer well in vinyl. Still, there are other ways to get around this dilemma.

You can take your original artwork to a sign shop that deals in adhesive backed vinyl. They can scan the artwork into their computer and adjust the size to your dimensions (ask for a "proof" before they cut the vinyl). I did this with a Nickle Plate font. Had it scanned in off a G gauge 2 bay hopper. You may also be limited or color choices to what they have in stock if you're looking for something unusual.

Another option, contact Connie Miracle at Miracle Graphics. She appears to have a rather extensive library of railroad graphics. Perhaps she can match something up for you. You may have the same issue with the vinyl color again.

Hope that helps. Carl B.
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Re: Railroad font identification help

Post by tburzio » Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:25 pm

I am trying to identify the font
If you want, I can trace the font and send back a corel draw file for you to get stencils cut, or I can laser cut the letters on sticky paper so you can air brush spray thru the paper. Works great, that's how we did my tender!

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Re: Railroad font identification help

Post by Harlock » Tue Oct 09, 2012 1:07 am

I second the suggestion for railfonts. they have MANY variations of railroad roman from various railroads. That one looks more bolded than the standard railroad roman. They may even have that specific road's font.

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Re: Railroad font identification help

Post by tburzio » Tue Oct 09, 2012 1:46 am

Three. Traced from the bitmap, only took a minute...

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Re: Railroad font identification help

Post by amadlinger » Tue Oct 09, 2012 6:46 am

Wow, guys...thank you!

Yes, I had tried the myfont.com "What the font" site as well as the railfonts.com site, both of which have some excellent choices, but none exactly there.

tburzio, if you wouldn't mind, I would be absolutely thrilled if you could trace those letters and send over the Corel Draw file!

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Re: Railroad font identification help

Post by LVRR2095 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 7:34 am

The PRR used Claw Clarendon.
You won't find that very many places....

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Re: Railroad font identification help

Post by PRR5406 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 7:53 am

Keith, you bet! And what's odd is, everybody wants the Pennsy font!
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Re: Railroad font identification help

Post by tburzio » Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:56 pm

amadlinger wrote: tburzio, trace those letters and send over the Corel Draw file!
Teeny tiny image:

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http://www.burnhamshops.com/steamer/lw.cdr

PDF if you just want to print or don't have Corel Draw:

http://www.burnhamshops.com/steamer/lw.pdf

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