PAINT AND LETTERING DIAGRAMS


Presented on this page you will find a collection of artwork, drawings and prototype diagrams from several sources that are intended to help the modeler to accurately paint and letter various locomotive and passenger cars.

On this page you will find artwork by Donnie Dixon.  In an effort to increase the availability of Southern Railway resources he has created a number of valuable drawings which are presented here.  All of Donnie's drawings are Copywrited by him and reposted here with his permission.  It is for personal use only.  Those wanting to use this artwork for commercial use must contact Mr. Dixon directly.  For more information on his drawings click here.

Also among the drawings are a select group from Robert Hundman's Mainline Modeler magazine.  During Mr. Hundman's tenure as publisher of Mainline Modeler a number of valuable line drawings were published that featured Southern Railway subjects.  Some of these line drawings also featured lettering for various locomotives and are presented here as additional resources.  All Mainline Modeler drawings are © Copyrighted by Robert L. Hundman and are intended for personal use only.

In addition there are some prototype paint diagrams that modelers might also find useful and are used by permission of the people who have provided them.  I am deeply indebted to Eric Furr and Allen Stanley and his Railroad Data Exchange for their contributions to this effort.

A note about Allen Stanley and the Railroad Data Exchange.  The Railroad Data Exchange is an on-going effort to gather together prototype information about railroads all over North America so that it might be shared with others.  Prototype documentation such as steam and diesel locomotive diagrams, roster information and locomotive specifications is being sought.  If you would like to help you can contact Allen by clicking here.  I know that any help that a person can provide would be greatly appreciated!!!

To contact me about a broken link, to contribute to this effort, or just a general comment (please use a valid email address), just click here.

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  • Soluthern Railway Color Chart - 1946  This memo provides a summary of how locomotive and cars were painted back in 1946.

    Steam Locomotive Diagrams

  • Crescent Ltd. Ps4 4-6-2  © 2010 Donnie Dixon.
  • General Service PS4 4-6-2  © 2010 Donnie Dixon.
  • General Service Ps4 4-6-2 prototype diagram  Ron Dettmer, Donnie Dixon Collection
  • SOU 1401 as displayed at the Smithsonian Institute  © 2010 Donnie Dixon.
  • Ms1 2-8-2 Light Mikado  © 2010 Donnie Dixon.
  • Ms4 2-8-2 Heavy Mikado - left side  © 1982 R.L. Hundman
  • Ms4 2-8-2 Heavy Mikado - right side  © 1982 R.L. Hundman
  • Ss 2-10-2 Heavy Santa Fe - left side  © 1998 R.L. Hundman
  • Ss 2-10-2 Heavy Santa Fe - right side  © R.L. Hundman
  • Ss 2-10-2 Heavy Santa Fe - tender  © R.L. Hundman
  • Freight locomotive SOUTHERN cab lettering  © 2010 Donnie Dixon.

    Diesel Locomotive Diagrams

  • C&NW ALCO RS3 diagram - 1951  Eric Furr Collection
  • C&NW ALCO RS11 diagram - 1956  Eric Furr Collection
  • D&W ALCO RS2 diagram - 1949  Eric Furr Collection
  • INT ALCO RS3 diagram- 1953  Eric Furr Collection
  • ALCO DL109 & DL110 diagram - 1941  Eric Furr Collection
  • SOU ALCO PA3 diagram - 1953  Eric Furr Collection
  • SOU ALCO RS2 diagram - 1948  Eric Furr Collection
  • SOU ALCO RS3 diagram - 1952  Eric Furr Collection
  • SR & Subsidiary ALCO RS3 diagram (BRRR, C&NW, CNO&TP, D&W, YAD)  Eric Furr Collection
  • SOU EMD E6A & E6B - 1941  © 1980 R.L. Hundman
  • SOU EMD E6A - 1941  © 1992 R.L. Hundman
  • SOU EMD E6B - 1941  © 1992 R.L. Hundman
  • SOU EMD E7A - 1946  © 1980 R.L. Hundman
  • SOU EMD SD45  Allen Stanley - Railroad Data Exchange
  • SOU Diesel Paint Diagrams  Allen Stanley - Railroad Data Exchange

    Passenger Car Diagrams

    Jack Wyatt III has compiled a list of changes that had been implimented on Southern Railway passenger cars as far as lettering and paint information goes.  This resource is of help to any wanting to be more accurate in how they model passenger cars.  His summary is posted with permission, to view or save it Click Here.

    Note:  Files marked with an astrick * have graphics for both the Roman and the Block serif.  Where links have specific year the font type is the Block.

  • Pullman Crescent Ltd. HW 3 Comp - 2 DR - Lounge observation  © 2010 Donnie Dixon.
  • * Pullman 10 Sect - 1 DR - 2 Comp sleeper  © 2010 Donnie Dixon.
  • * Pullman 12 Sect - 1 DR sleeper  © 2010 Donnie Dixon.
  • * HW mail  © 2010 Donnie Dixon.
  • HW baggage - mail - Roman  © 2010 Donnie Dixon.
  • HW baggage - mail - Block  © 2010 Donnie Dixon.
  • * HW baggage - express  © 2010 Donnie Dixon.
  • HW baggage - express rblt. from Pullman sleepers - 1948  © 2010 Donnie Dixon.
  • HW coach - Roman  © 2010 Donnie Dixon.
  • HW coach - Block  © 2010 Donnie Dixon.
  • Modernized HW coach - Roman  © 2010 Donnie Dixon.
  • Modernized HW coach - Block  © 2010 Donnie Dixon.
  • Modernized HW coach - 1948  © 2010 Donnie Dixon.
  • HW dining car - Roman  © 2010 Donnie Dixon.
  • * Modernized HW dinette - coach  © 2010 Donnie Dixon.
  • HW "Shadowlined" sleeper cars  Allen Stanley - Railroad Data Exchange
  • PS LW baggage - 60' mail - 1941  © 2010 Donnie Dixon.
  • PS LW 52-seat partitioned coach - 1941  © 2010 Donnie Dixon.

    Freight Car Diagrams

  • SOU wood cupola caboose  © 1992 R.L. Hundman
  • SOU baywindow caboose - yellow lettering  Ron Dettmer, Donnie Dixon Collection
  • SOU 40' express boxcar  Ron Dettmer, Donnie Dixon Collection
  • SOU 63' 90T waffle-side boxcar  © 1983 R.L. Hundman
  • SOU 54' 70T gondola  © 1987 R.L. Hundman.
  • SOU 100T Silversides coal gondola  © 2004 R.L. Hundman.
  • SOU 70T USRA triple hopper  © 1990 R.L. Hundman.
  • SOU 70T clay hopper  © 1990 R.L. Hundman.