lettering for DT&S’s 50’ auto parts cars received from the NKP in 1960
The Detroit & Toledo Shore Line Railroad was established in 1898 with trackage between Detroit, Michigan and Toledo, Ohio. The Grand Trunk Western gained 50% ownership in 1902, and in 1923 the other half ownership went to the Nickel Plate Road, and in 1964, all to the Norfolk and Western. Although only 47 miles of track, in 1960 the road reported 243 million net ton-miles of revenue freight. In 1981, 100% ownership went to the GTW and the D&TS name was dissolved.
In 1963, the D&TS acquired 53, 50’ double-door automobile cars from parent Nickel Plate, (NKP 87100-87199) and equipped them with skids for autobody loading. Series assigned for this dedicated service was 5300-5352
Paint & Lettering: Sides were painted with #212 Frazier Cartex Alkali resisting red paint, a deep maroonish brown/reddish shade - unique to the D&TS: Underframe, roof, running boards and AB brake equipment coated with black car cement. Lettering was all white lead stencil paste.
Decal set designed and created at Protocraft Decals
Background color shown above is not included in decal sheet