Shrink-Wrap Ads and Paint Schemes on the Commuter Rail Fleet

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Shrink-Wrap Ads and Paint Schemes on the Commuter Rail Fleet

Postby bmcdr » Sat Jan 15, 2011 9:48 pm

Commuter Rail has come up with an ecomomical way of sprucing up the outside appearances of the coach fleet, SHRINK-WRAP! Since there is no paint booth here at B.E.T., or anywhere else for that matter, coach 205 has been entirely sanded down and had silver and purple shrink-wrap panels applied in the appropriate places, finished off with shrink-wrap yellow pinstripes.
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Re: SHRINK-WRAP Paint Jobs

Postby diburning » Sat Jan 15, 2011 10:01 pm

Did April fools come early this year? :)

Interesting idea though. I wonder if other commuter agencies have tried/will try it.
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Re: SHRINK-WRAP Paint Jobs

Postby BostonUrbEx » Sun Jan 16, 2011 12:25 am

Hmmm, it'll be interesting to see how it holds up against the elements versus paint and the financial benefit, if any, of doing so.

Also, as we know locomotives have been repainted, but have any/do all coaches normally get repainted at some point?
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Re: SHRINK-WRAP Paint Jobs

Postby sery2831 » Sun Jan 16, 2011 12:55 am

I find it interesting that a 200 series car was picked to be the first wrap. As the 200 cars are generally in better condition than some of the other types of cars in the fleet.
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Re: SHRINK-WRAP Paint Jobs

Postby Mcoov » Sun Jan 16, 2011 1:10 am

The coach does look "clean", but it also looks plastic, just like nearly everything these days.
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Re: SHRINK-WRAP Paint Jobs

Postby jamesinclair » Sun Jan 16, 2011 2:51 am

If its good enough for the ad agencies, it's probably good enough for the MBTA (referring to cost/durability)
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Re: SHRINK-WRAP Paint Jobs

Postby ck4049 » Sun Jan 16, 2011 7:28 am

I think the Bombardier 600-series BTC-1Bs should be next, they are REALLY filthy!
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Re: SHRINK-WRAP Paint Jobs

Postby CRail » Sun Jan 16, 2011 9:51 am

The ads are temporary, this is theoretically permanent. I would think the most logical investment would be to A. Send the cars out to be painted since they're doing that now for other work anyway, or B. Buy a paint booth. Unfortunately, the oversized closet at Orient Heights probably isn't big enough for Commuter Rail stuff. If they can buy a paint booth for a carhouse which not only had the worst looking fleet but then replaced that fleet with stainless steel cars, they can dump some money into a paint booth that might actually be used a couple times.
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Re: SHRINK-WRAP Paint Jobs

Postby diburning » Sun Jan 16, 2011 12:49 pm

sery2831 wrote:I find it interesting that a 200 series car was picked to be the first wrap. As the 200 cars are generally in better condition than some of the other types of cars in the fleet.


Maybe it's because shrink wraps don't adhere as well to rust? (some of the cars are PEELING!)
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Re: SHRINK-WRAP Paint Jobs

Postby jamesinclair » Sun Jan 16, 2011 4:46 pm

What do they paint the buses with? Perhaps it's portable enough that it could be taken to the commuter rail area for a month.
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Re: SHRINK-WRAP Paint Jobs

Postby sery2831 » Sun Jan 16, 2011 5:55 pm

Paint booths are not portable. Everett has a booth that was just enlarged to paint articulated units. There is a paint booth on every line, why the CR does not have one has always been a mystery to me.
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Re: SHRINK-WRAP Paint Jobs

Postby Mcoov » Sun Jan 16, 2011 7:57 pm

Is there paint at Amtrak's Southampton Shop?
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Re: SHRINK-WRAP Paint Jobs

Postby MBTA3247 » Sun Jan 16, 2011 8:12 pm

Mcoov wrote:Is there paint at Amtrak's Southampton Shop?

No, Amtrak only does S&I at Southampton.
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Re: SHRINK-WRAP Paint Jobs

Postby CSX Conductor » Sun Jan 16, 2011 8:44 pm

MBTA3247 wrote:
Mcoov wrote:Is there paint at Amtrak's Southampton Shop?

No, Amtrak only does S&I at Southampton.
And repairs.
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Re: SHRINK-WRAP Paint Jobs

Postby CSX Conductor » Sun Jan 16, 2011 8:45 pm

sery2831 wrote:There is a paint booth on every line, why the CR does not have one has always been a mystery to me.

And when I was at CSX I always wondered why the Paint Track wasn't closer the the buildings at B.E.T., lol. Funny that there is a track named the Paint Track, but they don't have a paint booth.
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