This section contains links to graphic files you can use to provide color, period, and detail to your garden railroad structures. When we started this page, nearly everyone had dial-up, so we only put a few graphics per file. Otherwise it would take forever to download them. But most folks can download 1-5 meg files now without having to start the download before they go to bed. So for your convenience, we have crowded the most popular graphics from these pages onto fewer sheets, so you can download them all at once. The graphics on this page are in .jpg format, so you can easily resize them. Most of these graphics are also pre-sized as pdf files on our Sticker Sheet page.
Update for 2014! In addition to combining more graphics onto a single page, we have added the graphics that we created last year for our open railroads. The new graphics are provided here in .jpg format (for easy resizing) and on the Sticker Sheet page (for easy printing.).
You may notice that most of the new graphics are just the right size to go on trashbashed Fisher Price and PlaySkool store fronts. Well, that's what I have the most of. Some of the graphics are new versions of old graphics I used to post here. To avoid redundancy, I've kept only the latest version. Some of them are completely new. I confess that the new ones have some hidden cultural references your visitors may not "get," but they're all in good fun, I assure you. Our Sticker Sheets page includes .pdf versions of the new graphics, as well as links to many other resources you can downoad.
Note: Many of the files are large. Not only will they take a while to download, but if you view these files on your system, they will also seem several sizes too large, although most of them are actually the right size for printing on a 600dpi printer. The reason for this discrepancy is that your monitor shows things at 72dpi, eight times larger than the same file will print on a 600dpi printer.
If you have a 300dpi printer, or if you need the graphics for another scale than the 1:22.5 most of them were designed for, you will need to be able to make the graphic print smaller on the page than it would otherwise.
In most cases, you can use Microsoft Word to do this. Open a blank Word ".doc" file, then paste the image into the file. Resize the image to whatever size you need before printing. On the other hand, if you'd rather not mess with resizing, go to our Sticker Sheets page, and just download the pdf files for printing.
When I started printing graphics to use outside, I used an ALPS printer, which printed waterproof ink, but cost several dollars worth of ink to print a full page of graphics. These days I'm using a color laser with full-page weatherproof labels from Onlinelabels.com. They make a polyester label for laser printers, and a different label for ink jets, so be sure to order the correct label, whoever you order from. They're also only available in 100-sheet packages, at 50-60 cents a lable, so you might want to go together with friends to order a package. Still, before I used any sign outside, I would coat it with a clear acrylic spray, starting very lightly so as not to cause the ink to run.
LegaleseNote: All of these images are the copyrighted property of Family Garden Trains(tm). By downloading a graphic resource from this web site, you accept the following conditions:
Business SignsThough many of the individual signs below are also available in our Sticker Sheets pages, the versions below are in a format (.jpg) that is easy to resize, in case you need another size than the Sticker Sheets provide.
Other Places to Look for Ideas
James Powell's Ad Sign Collection includes several scans of signs that were originally printed on wood sheathing as part of a hobby business that James used to operate. These include old soft drink and other product signs that could be used to dress up buildings, etc.
The Ande Rooney company (no relation to Andy Rooney) makes hundreds of vintage-style signs. If you check out the Ande Rooney Porcelain Signs on Amazon you will see many quality graphics of vintage signs of all kinds. I include these links on this page because if you click on any sign you like (and click on the sign again once you get to the page for that sign), your browser will display a nice medium-resolution jpg version of that sign, which may give you some great ideas for decorating your model buildings.
You could also check for:
Please stop by every once in a while - we DO have some other signs planned. Again, please contact us if you would like to see a particular sign.
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