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  • Reading Company Cabooses by John W. Hall, available from and , on both sites do a Find to get to his entry.
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Bill Mosteller, 3306 Parkside Terrace, Fairfax, VA 22031
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Coupler Gauges:

These coupler gauges are round pass/no-pass gauges made of on-conducting materials, making them perfect for use anywhere on a DCC-equipped railroad. Certify your car fleet and avoid break-in-twos by using these coupler gauges. See my article, in the July 2017 Model Railroad Hobbyist and in the May, 2018 Model Railroad Hobbyist.

Virginian Railway:

The Virginian Railway stretched from Norfolk, VA, to Deepwater, WV, a little over 500 miles, making it the smallest class 1 railroad in the country. I'm particularly fascinated by the electric zone, which ran from Roanoke, VA, to Mullins, WV. My extensive line is intended to make it easy for you to recreate, in miniature, the Virginian Railway.

  • "Battleship" gondola decals (for F&C resin kit and NKP brass import) - .29 (.25 for O-scale)        , , , , ,
  • AAR box car decals Newly Back in Print in HO- .99 (.99 for S-scale)          , - ,
  • Stock cars, based on HC-101 artwork - .49   
  • New! Composite hopper (class H-8A) decals  - .75 for S-scale  
  • New! EL-3A/EL-1A jack shaft electric box motors, orange or dulux gold, your choice, each set does one unit (3 needed for EL-3A) - .99 -
  • EL-2B electric locomotives, based on E-157 artwork, N-scale - .99 - -
  • New! Low wire signs (30), black, yellow, and blue - .49  -
  • Outside braced box car decals ( car compatible, based on artwork from , suitable for renumbering or undecorated cars) - .29
  • Re-numbering decals for N-scale Virginian hopper cars, a dozen  "canned" road numbers for each of three Micro-Trains hopper models: 56080 (Virginian class H-3), 56200 (VGN H-12), and 57110 (VGN H-8a).  Each decal set does up to 36 cars.  - .99 
  • 50' round-roof box car decals, Virginian class AX-1/BX-1 plus - .39 (.99 for N-scale)
  • 2-bay hopper car decals, Virginian class H-6 - .99, (.99 for N-scale, Newly Back in Print .49 for O-scale). - -   - HO-scale models (Athearn carbodies, Proto 2000 wheels) by Mike Garber: & -
  • 46' low-side gondola decals, Virginian class G-5 .19 for S-scale    -
  • Caboose decals (Virginian class C-1, C-10, and C-10A), each set does two cars - .99 (.29 for S-scale) (New! .25 for O-scale)                     
  • New! Virginian Railway repack stencil decals, in white - .99   (.84 for O-scale)
  • New! Virginian GE 44-tonner decals, in red, white, yellow and black - .99 (.99 for N-scale) - (.99 for S-scale) - - -   -   -  Finished locomotive by Dale Koglin, side view
  • New! Cranes and idler (or boom) cars, in dulux gold - .99   -
  • New! Pulpwood bulkhead flat cars, in white - .99   - - -

Hinckley & Schmitt:

Piedmont & Northern:

The Piedmont & Northern Railway was an interurban in the Carolinas. It included a northern division that ran from Charlotte to Gastonia, NC, (24 miles) and a southern division that ran from Greenwood to Spartanburg, SC, (89 miles). Started in 1911, dieselized in 1954. These decals should help you add the diesel era Piedmont & Northern to your railroad.

Norfolk, Franklin, & Danville:

The Norfolk, Franklin, and Danville Railway is a successor to the Atlantic and Danville Railway which operated in Virginia and North Carolina, running between Portsmouth, VA, and Danville, VA, 203 miles. The Norfolk and Western Railway purchased the Atlantic and Danville in 1962 and created the Norfolk, Franklin, and Danville subsidiary to operate it.


The Erie Railroad originally ran from Jersey City, NJ, to Lake Erie, later expanding to Chicago, IL, by acquisition, with extensive lines in New York and Pennsylvania. Its 2,316 miles were merged into the Erie Lackawanna Railroad in 1960.

  • New! Erie diesel hood units and switchers (1945 - 1969), in yellow, black, and white, S-scale - .95, plus .00 shipping   -

Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac (Artwork by Robert Wingo):

The Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac, not surprisingly, stretched from Richmond, VA, to Washington, DC, 113 miles, and connected the northern and southern railroads along the Eastern Seaboard. Fun pop quiz for Pennsy fans:
Q: What's the western most extent of Pennsylvania Railroad electrification?
A: A typical PRR fan will say Harrisburg, which is wrong. The correct answer is Potomac Yard, in Arlington, VA, the northern end of the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac.

Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O)

The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway originally stretched from Richmond, VA, to the Ohio River. Subsequent extensions mean it later reached from Hampton Roads, VA, to Columbus, Cincinnati, and Toledo, OH, and Chicago, IL.

  • Trust plates, 12 pair yellow (New color for HO!) - .99 (.15 for O-scale, white, .99 for S-scale, white) -
  • New! 50' plug door box cars, from HB-374 artwork, yellow and blue, N-scale, .59 -

Baltimore & Ohio:

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad is the oldest common carrier in the United States. Starting in Baltimore, MD, it eventually stretched to Parkersburg, WV. The Baltimore and Ohio is noted, among other things for its round roof hoppers, box cars, and cabooses.

  • Covered hoppers, "Linking 13 Great States" capitol herald, from HC-42 artwork, black, S-scale - .99 
  • New!Class N-43 PS-2 covered hoppers, billboard B&O herald, from HC-409 artwork, black or white, your choice - .39   -  - - -

Southern Railroad (Artwork by Robert Wingo, actual decals 2" by 4"):

  • Cabooses, with both serifed and sans serifed road names (white) - .49 for S-scale

Denver, Rio Grande and Western

The Rio Grande featured narrow gauge lines spreading south from Denver (all the railroad, even the standard gauge parts, started out narrow gauge), and a bridge line to Salt Lake City, Utah. Later merged with the Southern Pacific and then Union Pacific. Parts of the original, narrow gauge Rio Grande survive as tourist operations.
(Artwork by Marsha Hriz):

Interstate Railroad (Southwestern Virginia):

The Interstate Railroad was a coal railroad in southwestern Virginia, connected to the Clinchfield.

  • Hoppers, serifed road name, in white, .49 (HO-scale back in print!) (.99 for S-scale, Back in print! 2.99 for N-scale, .99 for O-scale)             
  • Diesel locomotive decals, in black, for their RS-3s - .09 (.29 for S-scale) (.99 for N-scale)  -  -   - 

Louisville and Nashville:

Founded before the Civil War, the Louisville and Nashville enjoyed 132 years of successful independent operation, stretching beyond its founding cities to reach Atlanta, Memphis, New Olreans, and St. Louis. The Louisville and Nashville is now part of CSX Transportation.

  • New! Streamlined Pacifics, in red, white, and black, designed and developed by Gwynne Burch - .99 - - - - -
  • Hopper car decals, including both the "Dixie Line" and "The Old Reliable" heralds, based on HC-454 artwork - (white), N-scale - .24
  • Blue 40' box cars, in yellow, based on HB-378 artwork N-scale - .99     
  • Blue 50' "cushioned cargo" box cars, in yellow, based on HB-375 artwork N-scale - .99 
  • Artwork by Curt Fortenberry:
  • Lightweight passenger coach decals, in dulux gold, - .99 (also in N-scale) (New! .99 for O-scale, .49 for S-scale)
  • Diner decals, in dulux gold, - .99 (also in N-scale)  -
  • New! Baggage, dormitory, RPO, and REA car decals, in dulux gold, - .99   (N-scale - .99) - - -
  • New! Humming Bird/Georgian tavern-lounge and dining car decals. in dulux gold - N-scale - .49 (O-scale - .99) - - - -
  • New! 3-bay 180000 series hopper cars in white or yellow (your choice) - .69 each - - -

Santa Fe:

Santa Fe, New Mexico, was never on the main line of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, but the railroad eventually stretched from Chicago to California and was responsible for encouraging settlement along its lines in Kansas and the southwest.

Canadian Pacific:

Union Pacific:

Nickel Plate Road (New York, Chicago, & St. Louis):

Pittsburgh and West Virginia (P&WV) 

Monon (Chicago, Indianapolis, & Louisville):

Norfolk and Western:

New Haven:

Florida East Coast:

  • AAR box car "Speedway to America's Playground" decals based on HB-4 artwork - .29 for N-scale, in yellow or New color! white (your choice), New! .95 for S-scale, also in yellow or white (your choice)    
  • AAR box car "hurricane" herald decals based on HB-407 artwork, in white or yellow (your choice) - .99 for O-scale       
  • Re-numbering decals for Ortner hopper model #20-98217, O-scale, each decal set re-numbers up to 12 cars - .99 

Atlantic Coast Line:

(Artwork by Robert Wingo ):

  • Box cars, hoppers, or the doodlebug white or dark green, your choice   - .99 (New scales .99 for O-scale, all three colors)   - -   -
  • N-scale, combination set, does diesels, box cars, hoppers, cabooses, and flat cars (dulux gold) - .99  

(on-line industry of the Long Island Railroad): 

Commuter Rail:

Structure Details:

Decals HO-scale and shipped postpaid, unless otherwise noted.
Dealers' inquiries welcomed. Virginia customers please include sales tax.

Clinic and Event Schedule:

A while back discontinued their free event listing, replacing it with a priced event listing.  Meanwhile, we went to managing our calendar with , much more convenient than HTML editing..  Great Decals! has thus expanded the scope of our calendar to include events we hear about.  So unless a table or clinic is specifically mentioned, don't assume we'll be there.  Contact us first to confirm.  Thanks.



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