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    Quote Originally Posted by Vince P View Post
    Oh and that one green & black scheme looks very much like a BN subsidiary.
    Ahh, but you see... BN was created after this paint scheme was introduced. So they copied us!

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    Hate the B/W schemes. Looks like the railroad never accepted modernization.

    The schemes remind me of the IC (remember, they even did the striped circle thing), during their dark periods.

    Definitely like the the shadowed lettering on the gray background. Depending on the shade of gray, you might want to use a black outline too.
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    That's kind of the idea with the black and white schemes, AIW management hadn't really accepted modernization yet. The streamliners had to be brightly colored of course in order to attract the attention of the public, but steam locomotives had been painted black and white for decades so why should freight diesels be any different? These paint schemes would be phased out by 1964 at the latest when "austerity green" was introduced. Maybe sooner, a transitional scheme would make sense.

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    Liking where your taking your lines history as with the AIW'S financial aspect things could have been frugal then a splash of color then the PC dragging everything into the toilet.

    And my bad for thinking it was you using the bn scheme I'm in the co-pilots seat watching with interest.

    And yes the IC may have been plain but it was recognizable with that green diamond.

    Now I think I need to do an IC green diamond unit or two maybe even an IC/ICG orange white maybe a worn out GM&O black white or red white.

    Now I have to see what I have left I can use.

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    You might find this interesting,
    http://www.divisionpoint.com/photos/EMD_Fs/DP-2116b.jpg
    That scheme was used on the Freight F units delivered from EMD until they were traded in, in the sixties. It shows the classic C&NW green and black together for comparison.

    When going from computer screen to the real world, you can get quite a shock as the colors are sooooooooo different.
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    If it's based out of Aurora, all those F3s and F7s should be kept around and rebuilt for commuter service, .
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    See photos of the original owner's layout here:
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    It sounded like a good idea at the time... too bad the caboose wasn't in on the plan.

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    Duplicate post see below.

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    That's definitely food for thought!

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    Definitely need to have commuter service being that Aurora is the commuter drag strip good reason to rebuild some f's/e's as commuter power.

    Even the GM&O had an F3 & 2-3 older coaches.

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    Since CNW green will probably look darker in reality than on a computer screen, I reconsidered using even darker green on the modern scheme. It's still two-tone, but the lighter tone is the regular green used on previous schemes.


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    Almost looks like BCOL green.

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    Well guys, I done goofed. I forgot to consider the other side of the locomotive when designing the most recent version of the lightning stripe paint scheme. The idea was that the angle of the lightning stripe would match the angle of the slant on the letters in the big AIW logo on the side. As you can see below, that wouldn't work so great in practice.



    My proposed solution is to swap the locations of the unit number and the logo, C&NW style.



    While I was at it I tried a new look for an updated AIW logo, adding speed lines instead of making it fatter. I like this because it makes the heritage of the design clearer, plus speed lines are a good addition to any logo!

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    Very nice idea Daniel plus the new smaller logo looks great.

    Kinda a little touch of Western Maryland.

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    Although it has been a while since I've updated this thread, I've continued to tweak my designs over the past couple of months. A few key changes: the double stripe is gone, the logo on the sides is replaced with the name spelled out, and I'm experimenting with a logo that includes a circle.

    But the coolest thing I've done is used the game Trainz A New Era to mock up the paint scheme in 3D to get a better feel for how a finished model might look.


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