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Re: Railroad station sign

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11-17-2012 08:24:34

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I went to a factory auction 30 years ago in eastern Mass where they made porcelain signs. Probably one of the last in the country. They had a huge oven that had to run 24/7. They couldn't shut it down because it took too long to get it to operating temperature. It looks like the Bangor and Aroostock RR chose to use a cheaper alternaive.

There is a guy on eBay who will make vinyl on aluminum signs. I have a standing search using my name "Wardner". Several times a year, eBay will send me an alert for a town sign lettered "Wardner, ID)". The signs are less than $20. The town was named after my great grandfather around 1890.

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11-17-2012 09:08:36

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 Re: Railroad station sign in reply to Wardner, 11-17-2012 08:24:34  
If you wamt to get fancy, look into "glue chipped glass". You need a small sandblaster, sheet rubber stencil material, and old-time animal furniture glue flakes. Best results if blasted lightly. There is probably how-to info on the web.


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11-17-2012 16:01:01

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 Re: Railroad station sign in reply to Wardner, 11-17-2012 09:08:36  
Where can you get the rubber stencils cut??

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11-17-2012 17:11:34

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 Re: Railroad station sign in reply to Old Bob, 11-17-2012 16:01:01  
Sign shops, grave stone artisans, maybe tat-too shops. Actually anyone who is an artist and whose work you like. You shouldn't call your local surgeon.

I wouldn't be surprised if the machines that cut vinyl could be outfitted to cut the 1/32" sheet rubber.

My local industrial sandblast equipment jobber sells the rubber. They probably know some people.

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