The Kar Trak ACI readers were scratch built by my friend and partner in virtual ops Ralph V of Kings Port Division. Ralph detailed the build process and the resulting ACI label project it created for him.
Using my Penn Central Power and Color Guide to Penn Central Freight and Passenger Equipment books as guidelines I set out to add the ACI labels.
1/87th scale PC 229036 is compared to PC 229216 in the Color Guide to PC Freight and Passenger book. The 229216 was part of the same order of cars as 229036 so I'll add an ACI label under the PC herald.
Two of the three ACF covered hoppers make their way from the shop. A third ACF hopper needed some mechanical work so it remained in the shop.
Switching the ACI label blitz over to motive power I am using the Penn Central Power Book for guidance. PC 2232 with Red P did in fact have an ACI label so I added one to the 1/87th scale unit.
A collection of newly labeled PC power units. All of these units were painted in the N.Y.C.T.L. Paint Shop over the past few years. Engine numbers and schemes are accurate for these units as are the newly added ACI labels.
1/87th scale Sir Neal checks out his namesake with it's newly added ACI label
1/87th scale PC Ralph confers with the engineer on PC GP30 2228 sporting a newly added ACI label. We can thank 1:1 PC Ralph for being the catalyst for this project!
The newly labeled PC power is on track #9 and the newly labeled PC freight cars are on track #4 ready for assignment. PC 6024 is an Atlas SD35
PC 7692 is a GP38-2 and that Orange C is on PC GP40 3175.
1/87th scale Larry D gives 1/87th scale John B a high five. That GP-38 #7675, is teh first GP38 purchased by the PC and is known here as the Sir Larry. 1/87th scale John B is a professed fan of the ACI labels so it's no wonder the two tower men are in a festive mood upon completion of this project.
Helpful Hints from the N.Y.C.T..L Paint Shop:
Since this was a post build project for the freight cars and engines all but one of the 24 had been coated with dullcote. What to do?
After applying the decal allow to dry and apply a decal setting solution live Walthers Solvaset. Allow to dry thoroughly. More than one application may be need.
You may notice a residue around the decal after the setting solution has dried. Use a damp (not wet) paint brush and lightly brush around the decal. This removed the residue.
When dry you can either spray the whole car / engine with dull coat to protect the decals. For all but the one car that had not been dull coated I brushed on a clear flat finish from Floquil. If you choose the brush finish use the rib lines on the freight cars if applicable and apply to the entire panel where the ACI label was added.
Note the rib lines on either side of the ACI label. Brush the entire panel from top to bottom for a nice smooth finish.