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    @aflica

    Steve, thanks and yep I agree about the Roo ... it does (I think) need to be there some where. I'll keep playing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumner View Post
    I like it the way it is but here are two other options. I like the second one best myself...



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    Quote Originally Posted by wombat457 View Post
    Okay, so after taking all of the opinions into account, and before reading @Moose2013 post, this is another idea:

    Those two get my vote. Not sure whether I prefer the round or the parallelogram, definitely voting for the wider (higher) green background stripe to the lettering. Though maybe somewhere in between would be best...

    The next one seems a bit over the top, with that comic superhero style Z yellow stripe.

    And as mentioned before (I think) the font seems more suited to newspaper text than to a logo. I don't know exactly what makes me think that, but... maybe find one that's more... bold? Less Serifs?

    Just my 2 cents,
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    I think a block lettering but make the hood more solid green, where the green 'angle' near the roo is, as the start of the green.
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    The more I look at the colors, the more I am leaning away from the lighter green for the front, I think that needs to be more "bold". As it is now, it looks "washed out" or "faded" or something.

    I'll play around with the Font as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumner View Post
    I like it the way it is but here are two other options. I like the second one best myself...

    https://1fatgmc.com/RailRoad/RR-misc...ie%20Eng-5.jpg

    https://1fatgmc.com/RailRoad/RR-misc...ie%20Eng-4.jpg

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    Plus one on the double stripe. And I believe there's a decal for that, Tony.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aflica View Post
    I like the last one ...... but I think the Kangaroo needs to be somewhere on the loco , maybe the kangaroo only on the nose ?

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    Oh, good idea! I like that mental picture. Maybe something like NS does, with the 'roo on the sides and a smaller one on the nose.

    Or in the cab!

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    This is the main reason I like the "Z" stripe

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    Always been my favorite paint scheme of my favorite railway

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    And another with nose stripes

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    @aflica

    Sorry guys but I am with Steve, I also like the "Z" stripe; although, I could probably make it a little thinner perhaps.

    I also like the lighter green/grey of the British Colombia engine as well, I think that would look better than what I have at the moment.
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    Go ahead. Especially on design things, I'm "wrong" more often than not

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    @Heiko

    Nah, your not wrong at all, just a personal preference that's all
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    I like the parallelogram version; it seems to resemble the silhouette of a speeding train. I like logos that have symbolic meaning.

    I wonder if the green could be a lighter, bolder shade for visibility/safety purposes. I know the Australian colors and green and gold, but there's no specific shade of either.
    I'm sure you're familiar with Burlington Northern's green. It doesn't have to be the exact same shade (thought it might be easier to find), but that's what I'm getting at - it's bold and recognizable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wombat457 View Post
    Okay, so after taking all of the opinions into account, and before reading @Moose2013 post, this is another idea:

    https://i.imgur.com/mRDulZk.jpg

    I think this looks a bit "tougher" looking, appropriate for a diesel loco?
    I prefer this one over the others. Personally, I would add yellow chevron style stripes to the front and rear noses (for safety purposes ).
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    Have you thought of adding a wide nose, Comfort Cab style cab to your locos?
    That's make them more unique and can be a different colour to the hood...
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    @Gary Rowan

    Good thought and on the list!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mosslake View Post
    Have you thought of adding a wide nose, Comfort Cab style cab to your locos?
    That's make them more unique and can be a different colour to the hood...
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    Nope, hadn't considered that. Only questions for me are - how do you do that and where do you get the parts needed?

    Okay - correction, all of my engines are going to be either ES44AC's or SD70's so they come standard with the "wide cab/nose". Phew, that'll save me a lot of work that I'd probably mess up
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    One thing I'm only just now noticing is that the italicized font is leaning at a different angle than the color separator & stripe, and now that I see it, it bugs me. It feels like those angles should be the same, which probably means making the stripe angle more steep, as there may be a limit to how much lean you can get out of the italics. I know you're looking into fonts, too, and some may lean better than others. I have at my disposal a graphic art software tool that can impart arbitrary angular distortion, so I know for me I would be able to dial in the angle to just what I want it to be. One way is to just convert the text into paths (or vector shapes, whatever your drawing tool calls them) that you can then skew and distort all you want, but you'd want to do that only after settling on the right font, font weight, kerning, etc. because it would no longer be editable as text once you convert it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumner View Post
    I like it the way it is but here are two other options. I like the second one best myself...

    https://1fatgmc.com/RailRoad/RR-misc...ie%20Eng-4.jpg

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    Really like this one , so many people so many tastes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WP&P View Post
    One thing I'm only just now noticing is that the italicized font is leaning at a different angle than the color separator & stripe, and now that I see it, it bugs me.
    Your right and one more thing to try to fix or lessen!
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    Quote Originally Posted by WP&P View Post
    I have at my disposal a graphic art software tool that can impart arbitrary angular distortion, so I know for me I would be able to dial in the angle to just what I want it to be.
    Forgot this bit, can you tell me the name of the "tool" you use to do this?
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