Another one of the many projects underway is the development of the image and decals for Y&MV freight cars. The Y&MV has contracted Stephens Rail Car to develop freight car decals for this railroad. The first car type to be focused on is the Thrall All-Door Boxcar. There are 45 of them on the Y&MV freight car roster, Nos. 2000-2044.
Y&MV management has provided Stephens Rail Car lettering specifications in a text format. The above image is the first visual mock-up which has come back from Stephens Rail Car. This is a very impressive step in the right direction!
There will be continued communication between the two companies as the details are fine-tuned. Hank Stephens of Stephens Rail Car is excellent to work with. The decals once finalized will be printed by Highball Graphics Decals.
Y&MV Thrall All Door Boxcar
The Y&MV Vicksburg Shops has a number of these Thrall All-Door Boxcars on-hand for repainting. These unique cars were specially designed for the lumber industry which is a major contributor to the Y&MV's total traffic base. Below are images of a couple of the cars that will soon be painted and letterd for the Y&MV: