Large Scale Sticker SheetsThis page provides 8"x10.5" graphics that you can print onto sticker sheets and use to customize your buildings. Long-time readers will recognize the most popular graphics from our Business and Station Signs page and from our archive of James Powell's WT&W Ad Sign Exchange page.
Back when we first published those graphics, almost everyone had dial-up internet, so downloading large graphic files took forever. So it made sense for J. Powell and I to separate our graphics into small files, and provide instructions for resizing and using them.
Now that label technology has advanced, and people have faster internet speed, we realize that it will be most convenient for most of our readers if we just give them a few sheets with more pre-sized graphics than they'll probably ever need or want. (If you need a specific graphic in a different size, you can still go right to the Business and Station or WT&W Ad Sign Exchange page and use those files.)
New Label Technology
By now, most people have DSL or know someone who does. And full-page, weatherproof, color-printer-friendly labels have been around long enough to prove their usefulness. has become available. You generally have to spent $50-$60 up front ordering, say, a pack of 100 labels, because the local business supply places don't carry them. But if several friends or a club can go together, that makes them .50 or .60 a sheet.
Because I produce a lot of graphics, I bought a color laser printer on closeout a couple of years ago. The replacement cartridges cost more than the printer, so I'm not saying this is what everyone needs. But if someone in your club or family has a color laser, or if you can talk the folks at your copy center into letting you use weatherproof labels in their color laser printer, that may be the way to go. That said, I have friends who have had decent luck using this sort of graphic with ink jets, assuming that they buy appropriate labels and protect the finished product with UV acrylic spray (something I recommend for these labels as well).
For my color laser printer, I use the full-page labels from Onlinelabels.com, product ID OK176LP. It's about $50 for 100 sheets. The label is made of polyester. You can't use vinyl labels in a laser printer - they'll melt and do very strange things to the mechanism.
OnlineLabels.com also makes a vinyl version for inkjets. OL176WJ, about $60 for 100. I haven't tried it, but friends have found similar labels useful with their inkjets. You can't use the polyester labels with most inkjets - the ink won't stick.
Both kinds of labels will eventually fade outside - about as fast as the printed stickers that come with your building kits. Here are the "gotcha's."
Note: Putting these in .pdf format it makes the labels tend to print at full size. However, you may want to do a "print setup" or "print preview" first and make certain that they are printing at the appropriate size.
What If I Need a Different Sized Image?
If you need any of the images in these files to be a different size, the easiest way for most people is to:
So here are the full-sheet "collections" of our most popular labels:
New Boston and Donnels Creek Business and Station SignsThese sheets include new signage as well as vintage advertising images I cleaned up to use on my garden railroad's businesses and stations.
Revised Signage for Trashbashed Fisher Price and PlaySkool StorefrontsThe signs on the two sheets below were created or revised in 2013 to prep my trashbashed Fisher Price Sesame Street store fronts for two open RRs.
The small horizontal rectangles go over the doors on the apartment buildings. The largest sigage goes on the top of the building - you'll remember I glued the roofs of these on "backwards," leaving an open place for signage on the front. The medium horizontal rectangles go over the store window. The vertical rectangles go over the left side of the building where there "ought" to be a window but there isn't. I didn't do all six of these because I had actually cut windows into a couple of the FP storefronts.
Obviously, these buildings are getting very hard to come by now, but there's no reason you can't use these signs to liven up your own buildings.
Favorite Signs from J. Powell's CollectionJ. Powell began his collection of sign images when he was making HO scale building kits to sell. When he decided to stop selling kits, he set up a web page to keep the graphics he had collected available. In a few cases, he had lost the original graphics and scanned the images that were already printed on wood sheeting. but those include some charming and useful images, so we included them.
Other Miscellaneous ResourcesThis will be where we list any other full-page print features you may find helpful:
Other Signage ResourcesIf you're aware of any other good sign source links, please let us know. In the meantime, the following resources should be helpful:
Stay In TouchAs we continue to discover or create new resources that relate to this page's content, we'll try to keep adding it here, so check back once in a while. We're also interested in seeing how you're using our resources, any similar resources you've created, or any links that you think our other readers would find helpful.
Have a great season, and enjoy your trains. Especially enjoy any time you can spend with your family in the coming days,
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