The thing about working on lettering is that there’s not much to show until it’s done. You spend hours squinting at photos, trying to decide if a circle is an oval, or if that’s just the angle, and even more hours deciding if it should be a hair skinnier or taller. Extra opinions help, and most of the family have weighed in.
It’s almost time to send these to the printer, along with the lettering for 622. Uncharacteristically for me, I decided to make a test before going ahead, and I’m glad I did. The “CANADA” did not initially fit between the stake pockets, but a little resizing fixed it in a jiffy.
Some of the lettering is unreadable in my one photograph, and so, I’ve had to make a best guess. On the right, the capacity and tare weights are half-correct, and half-guessed. On the left the mark for the Canada Atlantic Car Shops is a complete fabrication, shaped like the smudge in the photo (it is possible, but unlikely that the cars were made by Crossen or an American manufacturer). We turn-of-the-century modellers get used to this sort of thing.
Maybe getting some models complete will stir up better data. At least I can be fairly sure Rapido won’t come out with an RTR version.