Screen-Printed HO Scale Model Railroad Decals
These HO-scale decals have been created by digitally tracing in-service photos of actual freight cars as well as railroad-specific lettering diagrams. Each set contains dimensional data, spare numbers, and reweigh/repack data to accurately model the majority (if not all) cars within the number series represented.
Printed in Italy by Cartograf, these decals are very high quality thinfilm waterslide decals. The film has been strategically printed on the sheets to minimize the amount of trimming required when using the decals. The quality of the printing is such that even the scale 1" lettering is legible. Stencil marks on dimensional data and other labels have also been reproduced where applicable.
Please note that lettering shown on data sheets is shown as black for legibility - printing on actual decal sheets is white where appropriate.
These boxcars have been lettered using our Compressed Lettering Boxcars set DF5087. Cars are painted with Scalecoat paint, have been lightly weathered and also feature our dark yellow reflective strips, available as part of our Variety Pack RV87.
Contemporary Freight Car Decals
Helvetica Lettering Boxcars Item DF5487 - $10.00. Decal set covers leased boxcars including BKTY, EEC, LRS, WRWK, and others using Helvetica lettering. Full data and stencils for up to four cars, billboard lettering for two. Includes truck sideframe reporting marks, red brake shoe labels, and common door markings. View decal sheet here. Pairs well with our dark yellow reflective strips!
Tank Cars - Helvetica - 2010-2015+ Item DF5587 - $12.00. Our largest and most complicated decal set to date. Sheet covers tank cars with construction or qualification dates from 2010-2015 and lettered with Helvetica (commonly Trinity cars). Sheet includes 10 "spreadsheets", 5 Chemtrec label styles, and select placards, data stencils, and capacity data. Reflectors not included. View decal sheet here.
Patch Job Stencils - Sans Serif Item DF5687 - $5.00. Decal set includes stencil lettering for reporting marks in scale 9" and 4" sizes. Each character and figure features at least two different styles. Both white and black included. Please note that this sheet was intended to provide variety, not quantity, and some combinations (such as "WRWK" or "155055") may require multiple sheets. View decal sheet here.
Compressed Lettering Boxcars Item DF5087 - $10.00. Decal set covers leased boxcars including BKTY, EEC, LRS, WRWK, and others using distinctive compressed lettering. Full data and stencils for up to four cars, billboard lettering for two. Includes truck sideframe reporting marks, red brake shoe labels, and green cleaning stickers. View decal sheet here. Pairs well with our dark yellow reflective strips!
Road Sign Font Patch Jobs Item DF5187 - $5.00. Decal set for covered hoppers using standard FHWA road sign lettering, including NOKL and NDYX. Set includes full data for one repainted hopper, along with additional data and reporting marks for multiple patch jobs, including black and white lettering, red brake shoe labels, and truck sideframe reporting marks. View decal sheet here.
Freight Car Data circa 2015 Item DF5287 - $5.00. Decal set includes freight car data often missing on other sets along with some updated labels. Sheet includes mostly boxcar data, including door markings, weights, and dimensional data in a common font. Also includes "TREAD COND SHOES" brake shoe markings, red brake shoe labels, and green cleaning stickers. View decal sheet here.
AEX Patch Jobs Item DF5387 - $3.00. Mini set that will patch many covered hoppers, including ex-CNW "blue" P/S 4750s into AEX reporting marks, with distinctive "ultra narrow" numbers that will fit between one pair of ribs. Sheet includes patches, both with and without white cover-up sheet. No additional data.
Pere Marquette USRA hopper car lettered using set DF0187. Car has been weathered and data has been spliced together using numbers on sheet to represent prototype car. Chalk marks done using colored pencil and are not included as part of decal set.
'40s-'50s-'60s Freight Car Decals
Ann Arbor 40' Boxcars Item DF0487 - $10.00. Decal set covers multiple orders of AA boxcars, including PS-1 and ACF cars. Sheet includes 4 different pennant heralds, compass herald, and many types of lettering and data and will complete up to four cars. Instruction sheet available here.
Buffalo Creek ACF 40' Boxcars Item DF0287 - $5.00. Decal set covers both orders of ACF 10'-5" IH boxcars (1953 welded side and 1956 riveted side). Each package includes two of the decal artwork shown on the instruction sheet and will complete up to two cars. Instruction sheet available here.
New Haven '37 AAR 40' Boxcars (Orange) Item DF0387 - $5.00. Decal set covers 1955-rebuilt '37 AAR 40' boxcars in the orange with large "NH" scheme. Each package includes two of the decal artwork shown on the instruction sheet and will complete one car. Instruction sheet available here.
Pere Marquette Freight Cars Item DF0187 - $10.00. Comprehensive decal set that covers the vast majority of Pere Marquette-lettered equipment from mid-'30s through mid-'60s. Each package includes one of the decal artwork shown on the instruction sheet and will complete up to five cars. Instruction sheet available here.
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