Bill Mosteller, 3306 Parkside Terrace, Fairfax, VA 22031
Railway electrification ran from
locomotives were numbered 100-109.They
also existed as single units, EL1A numbers 110-115 and at least one instance
of a two-unit locomotive EL2A number 100 is documented.The
EL3A was big, measuring 152 feet 3 inches long and weighing just over 1,282,380
pounds.Each unit was driven by two
traction motors connected to the drivers through side rods powered the
large 62-inch drive wheels.Tractive
effort was 231,000 pounds at a rated horsepower of 7125.Railroad
enthusiasts are still debating the largest, longest and most powerful locomotive
ALCO (American Locomotive Company) teamed up with Westinghouse to build these units and the first motor, number 100, was built in April of 1925.The remaining units were delivered as finished through March of 1926.The Virginian made a variety of modifications to the original units, such as adding an extra front window and a fireman's side window.
decals are the result of purchasing an undecorated Alco Models brass EL3A
(imported in 1978).Concurrently,
Crown Custom Products produced decals for these units.Overland
brass also produced the EL1A and EL3A (in 1990) and offered their own decals.Rail
Graphics produced the decal sets for
several months of searching, I was able to purchase one set of
The only solution left was to print a new set.Wow, all of this hassle just to paint one set of brass units."Is it worth it?"Well, after some six years of being promised new decals were coming from a variety of sources, Scott convinced me we needed to produce a new run ourselves.Rail Graphics was contacted but unfortunately did not have the artwork for the EL3A decals.
Color: During preparation, extensive efforts were made to carefully match color and placement of the decals based on existing photographs.Review of all color photographs seemed to point to a red-orange and/or a dulux yellow color.The decals are available in orange and dulux gold.The units' window frames should be painted to match, and PolyScale PRR Depot Buff is a good match for the dulux gold sets.The exact color of the lettering will always be in question and additionally there is the claim of one or two units existing with white lettering.However, there does not appear to be proof of this and all we have to depend on are faded memories and existing photographs.I suggest this light colored lettering was the result of sun fading and old color film photographs.
After many discussions, suggestions, trial printings, art work changes, additional costs and dedicated efforts, we now have what we think is a great set of decals for the Virginian EL1A, EL2A and EL3A.
Therefore, for your pleasure, here are the best decals present knowledge and technology can produce for your use.Enjoy finishing your model and send any questions to:
Bill C. Mullins,