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In 2010, Protocraft Decals was established to supplement and finally replace the old Champ and Walthers Line, which by today’s standards are on a thick stock with a too thick clear, and sometimes created with inaccurate or generic lettering. Many artists have contributed to the decal line such as Rick Leach, Ted Culotta, Greg Komar, Bill Schneider, Bruce Blalock and James Hickey to name a few.

Much of the decal line art work is created in Protocraft’s shops in Sonoma, California having its own extensive research library, drawn in vector art using Adobe Illustrator, and employing hundreds of original railroad mechanical department arrangement drawings, supplied by the Pullman Library in Illinois and the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, Missouri (AC&F), the Barriger Railroad Library at the University of Missouri, and over 5,000, 8x10 photographs, many supplied by the National Archives of Canada and the Smithsonian Museum’s railroad department. Today the Protocraft Decal line has over 650+ individual and extensively researched decal sets for all major and many branch line railroads in the U.S. and Canada, with limited decals in HO scale. At Protocraft Decals all artwork is arranged on a sheet and printed by Microscale Industries in Southern California using the finest decal paper. Each set is finished with 5 extremely thin layer’s of clear that is feathered at the edge of each block of lettering or artwork. The decal line is constantly being added to as well as providing accurate decals for Protocraft’s brass models.

While mostly dealing in freight cars, the decal line is expanding to include passenger trains, both heavyweight and streamline lightweight cars; as well as some steam engines: Santa Fe and Western Pacific to date.


The following lettering sets are new
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November 2020

11/17/20 COSX-1a   Early scheme for COSX’s Type 21 tank cars 10343-Active
11/12/20 COSX-1 (1:87)   Diamond scheme for COSX’s Type 21 tank cars 10342-Active
11/10/20 SPMW-2   black lettering on gray SP Maintenance O Way cars 10327-Active
11/10/20 Clinton-1   lettering for Clinton’s 8,000 gallon tank cars 10328-Active
11/10/20 Clinton-1a   lettering for Clinton’s 8,000 gallon tank cars - 1946 scheme 10329-Active
11/10/20 Clinton-2   lettering for Clinton’s 6,000 gallon two-dome tank cars 10330-Active
11/10/20 B&M-1   lettering set for B&M’s USRA 9’-0” IH double-sheathed boxcars 10331-Active
11/10/20 B&M-1a   lettering set for B&M and MTC’s 8’-7” IH 1929 boxcars 10332-Active
11/10/20 DMIR Gon-1   lettering set for DMIR’s 40’-6” gondola cars - 1941/1958 10333-Active
11/10/20 DMIR Gon-2   lettering set for DMIR’s 40’-6” gondola cars - 1958 scheme 10334-Active
11/10/20 COSX-1   Diamond scheme for COSX’s Type 21 tank cars 10341-Active

October 2020

10/23/20 COSX-3b   lettering for Mid-Continent 2 and 3 dome tank cars

September 2020

09/15/20 D&TS Covered Hopper-1   lettering for D&TS Covered Hoppers - 1949 and 1953 scheme
09/11/20 KCS-6b   lettering for KCS’s 50’ automobile cars - 1941 Southern Bell
09/11/20 CB&Q-7a   lettering for Burlington’s 40’ autocars - 1946 as delivered scheme
09/11/20 C&NW 400 -1   lettering for C&NW’s 1935-39 “400” heavyweight train
09/11/20 C&NW 400-2   lettering for C&NW’s 1939 “400” lightweight train
09/10/20 C&NW Steam Engines 1:87   lettering for 400 steam engine set 1-87 scale
09/09/20 SP Daylight Steam-2   lettering for 1946-54 GS-3 and 4 Daylight locomotives
09/09/20 C&NW Steam Engines   lettering for 400 steam engine set

Decal Line

Autocars Decals in 1:48 scale
Boxcar Decals in 1:48 scale
Caboose Decals in 1:48 scale
Decal Line in 1:64 Scale
Decal Line in 1:87 Scale
Diesel Locomotive Decals in 1:48 scale
Express Refrigerator Car decals in 1:48 scale
Flat Car Decals in 1:48 scale
Gondolas and General Service Gondolas in 1:48 Scale
Hoppers and Ballast Cars in 1:48 Scale
Other Decals in 1:48 scale
Passenger & Head End Cars decals in 1:48 scale
Refrigerator Car Decals in 1:48 scale
Steam Locomotive decals in 1:48 scale
Tank Car Decals in 1:48 scale

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