Yesterday was pretty hot – it was the sort of day that made one want to sit under a ceiling fan and watch Apocalypse Now, just for the immersive experience.
Instead, I sat near the air conditioner and tackled some lettering projects – including two CNR trucks.
Lettering for Canadian trucks is hard to come by in any scale, I find – but it’s particularly difficult in 1:64. Fortunately, some HO scale lettering is available for the trucks I wanted to do so I cobbled together what I needed.
They’re not prototypically accurate. But this is a compromise I can live with for now because the lettered trucks tell a better story to viewers than they did when unlettered. If someone does produce correct CNR truck lettering in S scale, I can always repaint – but I’m not holding my breath.
The lettering for this truck includes CNR Express wafers from Al Ferguson at Black Cat Publishing. The “CANADIAN NATIONAL EXPRESS” lettering is from an HO scale passenger car set (300-006, produced by Microscale for the CNR Historial Association).
The truck is parked next to the depot in St. Williams, ready to accept express off Mixed Train M233.
This truck is lettered with decals for CNR 1959 Piggyback Trailers, produced by Down East Decals for the CNR Historical Association. It’s a big compromise for my truck, but this was the only set I could find with the CNR Maple Leaf and “CARTAGE” lettering.
Since these decals can barely be seen on the finished truck (which is parked behind the Port Rowan station, and therefore about two feet from the front of the layout), I also added the “CANADIAN NATIONAL” billboard lettering to each side of the box. This helps viewers immediately identify the truck as being a CNR cartage vehicle – and therefore helps tell the story of the relationship between the trains and the CNR’s trucking operations.
I gave each truck a light dose of weathering, and will add licence plates from Penitentiary Productions next time I’m doing a batch of cars and trucks.
These trucks were nice, easy projects and I’m surprised at how much they enhance the scenes in which they’re placed.