John Beecher contacted me about some D&RGW SCENIC LINE BLACK LOGOS. He emailed me dimensions of what he needed. After awhile I was able to produce his water slide decal logos in black ink. He decorated a Bobber caboose as well as a gray wooden type gondola with the second pair he ordered. I was glad to help him finish his 2 projects.
Adam who resides out on the West Coast, Contacted me about some custom decals for his HO Scale pike. We did decals for his Sierra Central Railroad and also his rendition of the San Juan Central. Adam wanted decals for Diesels, Steam locomotives, 40 and 50 ft. Boxcars as well as different types of cabooses he models. Here are pictures of his custom painted, decaled AND weathered equipment. He has done a fine job presenting his idea and making it real for him. Thanks Adam? That was your name right.. An inside joke we had.
Aaron wrote me about some O scale cars he wanted for his Dad. He sent me their logo and I put the .jpg file into my draw program and drew over the logo. He then wanted me to paint and decal 3 MTH cars as real train cars. Here is what Aaron wrote me: Ricky,
I meant to write to you sooner but I just wanted to say thank you very much for the boxcars. They turned out better than I could have imagined and I know my Dad will be amazed when he sees them.
Thank you again!!!
Cameron Smith out on the West Coast models some high quality HO Models for his pike. His loves modeling the PRR At the turn of the century. These are his latest PRR/ WEST JERSEY AND SEASHORE R.R. GR SERIES WOOD GONDOLAS. CAMERON NOTED: The Funaro kit represents the car after rebuilds, with steel drop ends and a post-1905 stake pocket arrangement. I modified the kit parts by carving off the three lines of rivet detail on each end that show rivets flush on the end panel. I scribed the ends inside and out to represent the wooden boards with which the cars were originally fitted, then also scribed the insides of the side panels, which have no detail in the kit. I also roughed the inside faces with a hobby saw, to simulate wood grain.
During construction, I added a scale 2" x 6" board over the steel end beam. I also placed side stakes cut from channel strip in the as-built configuration. The as-built cars had ten stake pockets on each side (five groups of two), whereas the rebuilds and new builds from 1905 had twelve. On the end beams I used ratchet-and-pawl castings cut down from Bowser GLa brake stand parts, as well as Bowser GS/GLa brake wheels--one on each end, as the cars were originally outfitted. I also added Precision Scale chain and medium-size hooks to represent the safety chains fixed to the car ends as built.
I might still go back and add cut levers and air retainer valves, which aren't on the model I photographed. I used Kadee heavyweight arch-bar trucks with Code 88 wheelsets. These look passable (to me, anyway) as PRR 2D-F1 trucks. The car has Kadee no. 58 semi-scale couplers. I hand paint the couplers and wheel faces with Polly Scale light freight car red. To paint the car bodies and truck frames, I used Ace Hardware Premium rattle-can red oxide, with a spot coat of Model Master gloss under the decals. For touch-ups to the red, I use a roughly 50/50 mixture of Polly Scale oxide red and caboose red. I brush-painted the gray interior with a mixture of craft acrylics to a shade I liked. I like brush painting for this because brush strokes can emphasize the simulated wood grain of the boards.
And another long time customer and custom painter Bill Wade's been at it again. This time with a fleet of Cities Service Oil tankers AND a matching switcher for the refinery.
Here are the oil tankers.
Custom painter Bill Wade can be reached at,
If you have an upcoming project.
Joe Marra has been a customer for several years now and sent pictures of some of the cars he has custom painted and decaled for his O Scale RR using Modern Rails Decals.
Larry Trumbull wanted to do a one off MILWAUKEE ROAD USA Trains 50 Ft DD Steel boxcar. Here is what he came up with. Very professional looking job there Larry. Agreed! G-Scale.
Joe Flint ordered a couple of sets of LV 52 Ft. Steel gondola decals for his R.R. Here is one of his finished products. Very high quality workmanship Joe. Good job.
Louis Steffenhagen wanted to decorate an Aristo Craft G-Scale RDC Type passenger train.So he sent me pictures of the real ones and dimensions for the decals of his model. This is what we came up with. Very nice looking PRR lettering.
My customer Cameron bought some decal sets from the cart on my website and he made a German American Tank Lines tanker. Cam did an awesome job huh.
Louis Steffenhagen contacted me through email and wanted a set of decals for G-Scale stream lined cars. I made up the upper belt lettering and cars names. He also wanted the name of his Garden RR on a drumhead for the cars. Here is what I came up with from a penciled sketching he had sent me. It does look good now.
Michael Chizmar's project was an Old Frothingslosh reefer car and you can see it sitting by his brewery on his pike with the fat lady can of Pale, Stale Ale. Very nice job Mike!
Ben Maggi scratch built this Borden's Butter Dish milk car. He sent me dimensions I asked for and drew the Artwork right over a proto type cars picture. I think that's some pretty decent work Ben did there. Wouldn't you agree.
Larry Trumbull ordered 2 sets of Modern Rails G-Cal Decals in Southern Pacific for 50 ft DD boxcars. Here is what and how he decorated his USA Trains model.
My car was sprayed with Tru-Color TCP082 Rich Oxide Brown, (2 coats)
Decals from Modern Rails, using Solvaset decal setting solution. DUST with dullcoat. One very light coat. Here is his excellent results.
Michael Chizmar's Yuengling Reefer car. Great job Mike!
Mike Green ordered some on-file decal sets of 2 different types of Delaware and Hudson Glass Recycling hoppers. He did a great job of painting and then applying the decals he bought.
Bill Wade a repeat customer who also does a great jobg in Custom Painting service as well, Did a 40 SD boxcar in New Orleans Public Belt. A very good looking job as usual Bill!
Cameron Smith ordered a set of PRR MOW Car -tool car decals and decorated it for brown turn of the century style. Here is his rendition. A great job Cam. Thanks for the pic.
Jeffrey Koch asked if I had the Duluth, Missabbee, and Iron Range Locomotive set in HO Scale. I only had it listed in the G-Scale sets. So I added the set to the HO Catalog as well. AS you can see, Jeffrey said he was a bit rusty on applying the decals. Well it looks like he never stopped decaling equipment as is evident in his 4-8-8-4 Steam locomotive and tender shows. Great job there Jeffrey!
Carl Rettig wanted to replace the lettering on some American Flyer trains. He sent me close up pictures of the lettering and details of dimensions and spacing of lettering and we came up with these S-Scale sets to replace his lettering.
Ben Maggi emailed me wanting to model a specific BN Flatcat he saw in a picture. Here is the results. The decals are actually slanted like they are on the real car. Ben also added what looks like a custom load of cold rolled steel plate. Another nice job Ben.
Dan Knoch purchased one of my G-Cal Decal sets from my library of 100's of large scale decal sets. He had a Nickel Plate Road RS3 Switcher and wanted the wood caboose set for NKP as well. You Can see the nicely painted, decaled and detailed caboose he custom made. This decal set was originally released a week before the EAST COAST LARGE SCALE TRAIN show about 15 years ago and was a work shop on decal installation that I gave at that show and we decaled a Bachman wood type caboose just like Dan's masterpiece you see below
Ryan Crawford was wanting to build a Chicago & Illinois Midland Diesel locomotive so we fixed him up with the decal set. Ryan wrote:
This is an Atlas SD24 chassis, frame, cab and nose mated to a resin casting of a proper SD18 long hood. Of course, the numbers were your handy work and they look perfect. One thing I did do is when I applied the numbers I did them in two layers to make it appear more opaque. They are perfect looking and really make the model prototypical.
Cameron Smith also had decals made for his flat cars in PRR as well. Here is what he told me about the flats:
I also got around to lettering a couple Funaro & Camerlengo PRR class FM Flat Cars circa 1906, using the decals you made for me.
CAMERON SMITH IS MODELING THE PENNSYLVANIA RR IN HO SCALE AND WANTED SOMETHING THAT NO ONE ELSE HAD PARTICULAR TO HIS ERA THAT HE'S MODELING. CAMERON GOT A HOLD OF THESE STEAM ARE 3D PRINTED GB WOOD GONDOLAS. CAMERON PURCHASED THESE DECALS FROM ME ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO AND WITH THE STAY AT HOME ORDERS HE GOT AROUND TO PAINTING THESE CUSTOM PRODUCED GONS AND APPLYING THE 3 YEAR OLD DECAL. THIS SHOWS YOU THAT THE I PRODUCE WILL LAST FOR YEARS IF STORED IN THE SEALABLE BAGS YOU RECEIVE THEM IN AND STORED AT ROOM TEMPERATURE. NICE CUSTOM GONS THERE CAM!
Cameron added this info:
PRR class GB hopper-bottom gondolas, built from the Doug Forbes Shapeways body, with added details and decals to represent service during the first decade of the Twentieth Century.
THIS IS THE SECOND CENTRAL OF GEORGIA LOCOMOTIVE BILL WADE HAS CUSTOM PAINTED AND DECALED. BILL IS A GREAT CUSTOM PAINTER, DON'T YOU AGREE!
BILL WADE WANTED TO MODEL THE MKT DIESEL SHOWN BELOW. HE SENT ME SOME DIMENSIONS AND PICTURES OF THIS LOCOMOTIVE AND WITH HIS INPUT, THIS IS THE NEWLY RELEASED DECAL SET AVAILABLE. BILL HAS MANY CUSTOM PAINTED AND DECALED MODELS ON HIS RAILROAD. ITEMS THAT NO ONE ELSE HAS. NICE CUSTOM JOB THERE BILL!
Walt Walewski contacted me some time back about some Large Scale decals for an Aristo SD-45 he had.
He sent me dimensions from his loco and we designed a set together with his input, you see the beauty yet simple elegance of his PRR SD-45 and his nicely groomed mainline.
Lenard Tracey contacted me about a G-Cal Decal set for a G Scale GP locomotive he had. Lenard started with a Lionel GP 20 which was in The Milwaukee Road scheme. He stripped and repainted it into: Baltimore and Ohio Graphics. Nice Job Lenard!!
Terry Kolenc emailed me and asked if I could make him HO scale decals for Wisconsin Electric utility which has Thrall hopper cars. He sent me detailed measurements from his MDC cars and several pictures of the real hopper cars. It took us some time but as you
see, the results were worth the wait. He also noted that the Wisconsin outline required that single decal to be cut into 7 individual pieces to install properly. Give him a hand for his work which he said averaged 3 hours per car to install these decals. A lot of work but he now has the cars he wanted. Nice job Terry!
Above: David Pfeiffer emailed me about an O scale Decal set for a Lehigh and Hudson River North east type caboose. I had the set in HO scale and he shot me some dimensions of his O-Scale caboose. And as you see, A fine job he did for sure. If you don't see what you want, just ask. I can most likely make your decal sets that you only dream of right now. Just ask.
Jeff Koza wanted a particular switcher for his model R.R. SANITARY DISTRICT OF CHICAGO. He sent me links to the real switcher locomotive's picture. So I made him this set of decals for his road. Paint decals applied by Bob Kleinman.
John Spange ordered our "Buffalo Brands" HO Whiskey truck trailer decal sets and did up a Sam Adams Lager which is a 1 piece decal which no painting is required as the sides and ends are full decals. He also did up 2 Chrome sided trailers in Johnnie Walker and Louis the 13Th whiskey trailers as well. The chrome trailer sets look awesome. Great job John!
Bill Wade's been at it AGAIN folks. He had an Aristo stock car and made a personalized car for his fleet. He emailed me a donkey to which he instructed me to add some simple text to and Walah. A Central of Georgia stock car with attitude. Great job Bill.
Bill Wade wanted a copy of an HO car for his LGB cylinder hopper.So he gave me some size info and there you are!
Carl Rettig ordered a set of O Scale "Mr. Gilberts Private Car" Here is Carl's nearly complete car with out end railings, but with the additional lettering shown above which he alerted me to.
Wilson Martin built this tanker for his road and decorated it General American Tank Car. Decals from MODERN RAILS G-CAL DECALS LINE. Good thinking Will putting together a home built tanker. And a great custom paint and decaling job. I especially like the caustic soda dripping stains. Scroll down a bit and see Wilson's Chrome SF Units he made with my decals.
This is the tanker that received your decals. 2” PVC pipe and a Kirkville Locomotive Works kit. The dome assembly came from Ozark Miniatures. I’ll add “molten sulfur” letters and add weathering then I’ll call it finished!
Bill Herbert wanted to make a old style MDC wood steam era boxcar. We found a decent picture of the MDC car he wanted to model. I drew the decal set right over the top of the lettering that was on the pictured boxcar. We see his newly modeled car below. Bill also wrote me: Hi Ricky, The car came out great!! Can’t thank you enough for doing this one. Photo attached. I can send other views if you want me to. I was a little nervous about changing things on the car because of your comments but I really had no problems at all. I did weather it lightly.
Awesome job on the painting and decal placement on your model Bill. I am pleased that you chose Modern Rails Decals for your project.
WILSON MARTIN CONTACTED ME ABOUT MAKING DECALS FOR HIS SANTA FE CHROME UNITS. HE SENT ME PICTURES AND SIZES OF FONTS ETC NEEDED FOR HIS PROJECT.
WILSON ADDED THIS: I shot them myself. I used Floquil paint I had bought years ago, through a Paasche H model single action airbrush. SP Scarlet, ATSF Yellow and Engine Black, thinned with Diosol. Then clear coated with a gloss acrylic spray prior to decals which were set with Microscale Microset and Microsol, then Testors dull cote, feathered on lightly, as per your instructions. And I love the results!
A while ago Brien Wood contacted me about a single decal for his coal tender and water capacity for a decal.
I received the decals on Monday. Really appreciate your quick turn around! Attached is a quick picture showing how the water level decal is used on my model. If you want to use it on your website.
Larry Mills worked with me to redecorate his CSX Diesel. And it turned out AWESOME!!
Here are a couple of photos of my repainted and decaled CSX that you made the decals for. I finally found the pictures in my train file foulder. Ron Nagey was very helpful in helping me to get this engine complete and back on the rails. It looks great! Thank you for working with me on the decals.
Sincerely, Larry Mills.
Thought I would send a couple shots of the first unit done...a Weaver U25B...custom made firecracker antenna, dropsteps, and sunshade, along with an Atlas bell, and precision horn...Locomotive was painted Floquil reefer yellow, and Scalecoat CP rail red 80% to 20% white... with out you this locomotive would not be possible...
Brandon Presley Contacted me about 2 Southern Crescent passenger cars he wanted to change the names on. Working with Brandon, him letting me know the sizes he wanted for his cars names. We got the color right using Elephant's rocket Sunflower with a 2 spot color pass. He applied the decals and they look amazing. good job Brandon! The road names you see were drawn by Modern Rails Decals 2019.
IN THIS PICTURE WE SEE MARCEL MANTHA'S CUSTOM PAINTED AND DECALED, LGB CABOOSE SPORTING MODERN RAILS G-CAL DECALS FOR LARGE SCALE. CUSTOM PAINTED AND DECALED BY: RON NAGY FROM WESTERN ARIZONA. GREAT JOB RON!!
IN THIS PICTURE, We see Chris Klein's G Scale Aristo- Western Maryland PS2 hopper custom painted, Modern Rails G-Cal Decals applied and his award winning rust weathering job. Chris told me. It is a combination of burnt umber oil paint and weathering powders.
Here we see Below, Chris Fink's Cargill Corn Sweeteners Tanker car he custom painted and decaled with Modern Rails Co. G-Cal Decals.
I HAVE THE NEWLY RELEASED ALPS TRUE COLORS AVAILABLE:
SUNFLOWER YELLOW-A VERY DEEP YELLOW WHICH CHANGES THE GAME PLAN ON ANY TRAIN, LOCOMOTIVE HAVING YELLOW GRAPHICS, CHEVRON STRIPES. THESE ARE PREMIUM COLOERS AND I MUST CHARGE ACCORDINGLY AT $15.00 PER ORDER FOR MOST SCALES. HO WILL BE SLIGHTLY LESS$$.
ED JOHNSON'S 3 AND 4 BAY MAKE A WISH CYLINDER HOPPERS. A DONATION HAS BEEN MADE IN ED'S NAME.
Here is another model cutom painted and lettered by john Spange using Modern Rails Buffalo Brand HO Scale decals.
The cylinder hopper below was custom painted and decaled by John Spange. Nice work don't you think!
Richard Wentzel from New Jersey Sent us this picture of his Pullman Standard PS-1, The 50,000Th Boxcar model he Custom painted and decaled using Modern Rails Buffalo Brands Water Slide Decals. Awesome work Richard!!!