Hopefully if the weather does hold B850498 will have a gloss coat this weekend.
I have taken the time to prepare templates for the signwriting and will have them with me this weekend fingers crossed all goes well.
BR had set lettering sizes for vehicles. On Goods stock this was:
3″ for Running Number
3 1/2″ for Running Number Prefix
2″ for Capacity, Tare and Wheelbase detail
The best reference is always images of stock you are doing or at least vehicles from the same batch and lot. It so happens we have an image of B850333.
Image: FREIGHT WAGONS AND LOADS IN SERVICE ON THE GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY AND BRITISH RAIL, WESTERN REGION
Author: J.H. Russell
This image shows the vehicle in ex works condition in 1957, so fresh out the paint shop that the signwriters chalk marks are still visible.
In Photoshop I create a file that’s dimensions match precisely that of the vehicle I wish to sign write, with an image such as above and a little manipulation I can stretch and skew so the van side in the image is stored in digital form at full size.
With that image I can then manipulate the lettering and confirm the BR sizing was used, which was confirmed, I then overlay the lettering I wish to apply and in the relevant style, this is a mixture of hand drawn and scanned templates, Photoshop draw typefaces and system fonts.
With further research we know the vehicle was allocated to Bynea in Wales and that early BR vehicles allocated to the Western Region received GWR style lettering along with BR Style.
This results in the below image which details my proposed placing of letters on the vehicle.
The areas of lettering can then be copied and saved as individual files although retaining there full sized dimensions and when printed create the templates.
Sole bar plates are also sign written and in the fullness of time maybe cast in house as we are currently looking into the process.
When I begin the signwriting I will detail how these templates are then transferred to the vehicle.