Sunday, September 25, 2016

SNE Wiggle Worm

Over the years I've had folks who model a later era that I've ever really modeled ask what the lettering for my Southern New England would have looked like post-1961. 

A few months back, Bernie Kempinski and Otto Vondrak worked with me to develop the initial concepts for a “new image” SNE “wiggly worm” logo. The graphic challenge was how does one “link” the letters “S,” “N”, and “E” - try it - it’s not as easy as linking two letters like “CN” or even “CV.”
The answer lay in the approach the DWP took - the graphic designers for CN way back in 1961 obviously had the same issue linking the letters together. The solution was to not even bother trying!
I have to give Mike C credit for suggesting the DWP possibility - and all the credit (or blame if you don’t like it) for the logo goes to Otto. 
Thanks to all, here, for the first time, is a poor color rendering of what this scheme might look like on one of the SNE’s GP9s after repainting in the North Providence shops in 1965….


Appreciate any and all thoughts - 

Here's a version of the lettering scheme in the later green/yellow:


8 comments:

  1. Nice work! Post 1977, when the CV went to the Independence green and yellow, do you think the SNE would have followed course?

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    1. Most certainly - I've added a Larsen green scheme to the post.

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  2. Taking the topic further would a 2016 SNE look like GTW, DMIR subsidiary with Southern New England lettering, and SNE marks but in the corporate brown with www.cn.ca on the side?

    Marty I would gladly work up a car on my Michigan Interstate if ok with you? Highball Graphics has the modern sets to make this pretty easy.

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    1. Honestly by 2016 the SNE would most likely have been a bicycle path! Seriously, since the CV was sold in 1994 I'd suppose the SNE would have been spun off from the CN parent at some point before 2016.

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  3. Looks good. Who did the decals for you?

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    1. Actually haven't had any decals printed up yet. I need to get some made - frankly not sure who to use as a vendor.

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