One day I was looking at the coffee mug sitting on my desk, thinking about how uninteresting a lot of train mugs really are. Most of the time they just have a herald slapped on one side, both sides if you're lucky. In this case it was a Lehigh & New England mug with the "fried egg" logo placed off-center, too low, and crooked to boot. As luck would have it, though, the shell of an Atlas O-scale F9 just happened to be sitting next to it. I glanced back and forth and thought, "The nose of an EMD F-unit sure looks a lot like a coffee mug." Very shortly thereafter, Railroad Mode was born.
Every mug is an original illustration, done start to finish by me personally. I have 40 years of model railroading under my belt, so I'm a stickler for details. For example, if you look at the Milwaukee Road Erie-Built design, the nose-door handle is hanging down slightly. In every picture I could find of that engine, the handle is hanging the same way, and it was the only one of the 14 they owned that did that. It may just be a coffee mug, but if you're a die-hard fan of a particular railroad, you tend to notice those details. They're a small part of each locomotive's distinct appearance.
As for the operation, it's just myself and a couple of trusty volunteers keeping it all running from a spare room in sunny Arizona.
Thank you again for your interest. Have a look around, and please Contact Us if you have any questions.
- Allan at RailroadMode.com
That's me with the beautiful Santa Fe 4-8-4 on display in Kingman, AZ.