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ABOUT RAILROAD ROMAN 1.1 FONT:
A Roman font in the style of classic railroad lettering. This font
was primarily designed for model railroaders; however, it turned out
to be an attractive title case for almost any document (all of the
rooms in my building at school are lettered in a variation of this
After being dissatisfied with the spacing of the original version,
I have added a "Document" Railroad Roman that is intended for the
few folks out there who don't have model railroads.
WHAT IS THIS FONT AND WHERE DID IT COME FROM?
This font is my first true alphabet font. This is also the first
font that I had no intention of making.
When I first released my picture fonts a lot of people on the
net asked if they were Railroad Roman. At that point, I had no idea
what Railroad Roman was... well, I knew, but not by name. It was
clear that there was a demand for a Railroad Roman font. I was
curious and kept asking people to send me a sample. A number of
folks said they would get me a sample, but Larry Rose finally came
through for me (he has hand lettered a number of restored cars
down in southern California). Like my first three fonts, I made this
font because I have a love of railroading. If there proves to be a
demand for this font, I will continue to work on it and improve it.
Two improvements come to mind right away, kerning and the
addition of small "wiggles" to make it look a little more like hand
What is that train doing on the MAP sheet? That is a sample
from RailFreight. I wanted to put in a couple of toys for those of you
who don't have my whole font collection.
NEW WITH VERSION 1.1:
I didn't change the original Railroad Roman, but I added a
second version for those of us who aren't making decals and just
want to use Railroad Roman in documents. I have also revised the
documentation. Added .AFM files for OS/2 and Unix users.
"README_R.WRI", "README_R.TXT", "RRR_MAP.WRI",
"DRRR_MAP.WRI", "RR_ROMAN.PFB", "RR_ROMAN.PFM",
"RR_ROMAN.AFM", "RR_ROMAN.TTF", "DRRROMAN.TTF",
"DRRROMAN.TTF", "DRRROMAN.TTF", and "DRRROMAN.TTF".
Railroad Roman font, all of its accompanying files and train icon
are ©1994 Benn Coifman. (that looks so nasty now that I typed it)
1.0 The original
1.1 Added DRRRoman (Document Railroad Roman) and updated the
documentation. Added .AFM files for OS/2 and Unix users
GENERIC README (SIMILAR IN ALL OF MY FONTS)
SOME CHARACTERS MAY BE TOO DETAILED TO SHOW ON THE SCREEN
and will appear as empty boxes. They may still print okay though.
(See Windows True Type tip below)
DO NOT INSTALL THE POST SCRIPT and TRUE TYPE VERSIONS AT THE
THE TRUE TYPE FONT MAY NOT WORK ON ALL SYSTEMS, THE POST
SCRIPT (ATM) FONT IS PREFERRED.
ABOUT THE IBM VERSIONS:
Yeah, I am a Mac head. I am slowly learning all I can about the
IBM systems. I am also enlisting the help of my IBM friends as
"consultants". This might be a bumpy road at first, but these fonts
are pretty neat and they are worth the trek. From my end, I am
more than willing to work with you to get the fonts to work on your
machine. On your end, I ask for patience if they don't work on the
first try. Please let me know ASAP if you are having any problems.
I am willing to do minor changes or generate bit map files for DOS
users as much as my time will permit. Let me know what you want
or need and we'll work something out.
TRUE TYPE vs. POST SCRIPT:
On some machines, not all characters of the True Type font will
be visible. Please don't lose heart, they are there and should print
okay, it is just the fact that there are so many points in the character
that windows decided you don't really need to see it. I will try to fix
this in later versions. If the True Type font gives you problems, try
the Post Script version, it seems to be a little more stable. Note that
the contents of both fonts are the same.
HOW TO INSTALL THE POST SCRIPT TRAIN FONT ON WINDOWS:
You will need WINDOWS 3.0 or later and/or the ADOBE TYPE
MANAGER (ATM) version 2.0 or later.
1) Start the ATM control panel by double clicking on it.
2) Click the Add button
3) Locate the drive/directory containing your fonts using the scroll
4) Double click on the drive/directory to show the names of the fonts
on the disk
5) Select the fonts to install
6) Click the Add button
7) Exit ATM (you may have to restart windows to use the fonts,
depending on the version of ATM you have)
WINDOWS TRUE TYPE TIP:
If a complex True Type font fails to print, you may be able to
solve the problem by changing the OutlineThreshold setting in the
[True Type] section of your Windows WIN.INI file. The default
setting is 256 (pixels per em (if you don't know, don't worry)) and
has a range of 0-300. If you change it to 70 (i.e.,
OutlineThreshold=70), the True Type font might print. The price of
this improvement may be a slower print speed. As I understand it,
by lowering the OutlineThreshold, you are decreasing the amount of
memory needed to print the fonts.
You may also want to consult your Windows documentation. If
you do find a clever fix for rendering my complex fonts, please let
me know and I will pass the word on to other IBM users.
IF YOU HAVE TROUBLES installing this font or it doesn't seem to
print out correctly, PLEASE LET ME KNOW as soon as possible. I can
either give you more specific instillation information or go and fix
the bug. (e-mail is great for this, but snail mail works fine too)
If you use this font in publication or on a product, please let me
know. It is always interesting to hear the clever uses people have
had for my fonts. (I would also love a copy of your publication for
my scrap book)
NOW FOR THE "ASKING FOR MONEY" BIT, AKA, THIS IS SHAREWARE:
You are free to use (play with, throw at the cat, etc.) this font
for one week after receiving it. If you like it and decide to keep it,
you should send a US $10 "shareware" fee to myself at the address
below (for international users, see item 4 in "The Fine Print"). Please
include a brief note describing where you got this font, what you like
about it, and what you would like to see in the future.
If you just have to have the full collection of my train fonts
(see "Product Ad"), send a couple of FORMATTED 3.5" HD disks (Two
HD for Mac, or One HD for IBM recommended) and a SELF ADDRESSED
STAMPED ENVELOPE to the address below. (I hate to format disks
and you will be sure to get the right machine, Mac or IBM, this way)
I do not want to send any of my customers into bankruptcy, if
you are honestly poor, (i.e., you ain't gonna support the American
way and my education) please send a post card (the weirder the
better) describing where you got this font, what you like about it and
what you would like to see added to it.
THE FINE PRINT:
-Each font or icon package is an individual product. Thus, if you
keep Passenger Font and Freight Font, you should pay $20, not $10.
-You may NOT use this font in any publication or any product unless
you register your copy by sending $10 FOR EACH FONT YOU USE. Be
sure to specify which fonts you are registering for. It is not fair for
you to make money off of my hard work without paying the
-If you decide to keep several of my shareware products and you are
only using them for personal applications (or you are using them for
a struggling NONPROFIT organization promoting railroads), then $10
a piece can get to be a bit expensive. Please pay what you think they
are worth. I recommend $10 for the first font and $5 for each
-If you do not reside in the US, then getting a check in US$ may be
difficult for you. So, I will also accept any interesting widgets, toys,
books, time tables, postcards or what not. What's common place to
you is quite possibly exotic for me. By the way, I'm a rail fan (hint
-You may distribute this font for free, however, you may not sell this
font or include it in any package for sale without the written
permission of myself, Benn Coifman. I am very agreeable to CD
ROM's and shareware packages for sale, however, I do want to retain
some degree of control over my work. So, please contact me first.
(note, this clause does NOT apply to dial up services like Compuserve,
America On Line and bulletin boards that charge by the unit of time.
Theses services may list my products without contacting me)
WHY SHOULD YOU SEND IN THE SHAREWARE FEE?
Well, I am releasing this font in it's entirety. I put a lot of hard
work into this font. I have also gotten a lot of pleasure from it.
Ignoring all of the capitalistic angles, your shareware dollar will
speed up the development of new train fonts and help me afford
new font tools. My goal is to at least break even.
Only 39 people have registered my shareware products since I
first released them ten months ago. There are a lot of expenses that
go into these fonts. My font editor cost almost $300. Then there are
the little expenses like ink cartridges (you wouldn't believe how
many ink cartridges I go through) and paying for a mail box. Oy!
And you want to talk about memory... 40 Meg of hard disk devoted
to fonts and icon development.
I would love to purchase the latest version of Illustrator and
produce more clip art. I could also use more disk space to keep these
BENEFITS OF PAYING THE SHAREWARE FEE:
Enough of what shareware fees do for me, what will they do for
you!? I will spend less time on school and more time on producing
shareware. You will also be entitled to a peek into things to come. If
you send a disk (or two) along with your payment, I will give the
Demo font that includes all of the odd characters that haven't quite
found a home yet (including a number of steam engines!). In
addition, I will rush you out the most recent versions of my fonts
and icons. I might even toss in a couple of pre-release fonts.
GIVE IT TO YOUR FRIENDS, RAIL FONTS MAKE GREAT BIRTHDAY
You are free to distribute this font, as long as you include all of
the files that it came with it (see the beginning of this document for
the packing list)
NOW SHOWING: (i.e., other great shareware products to look for)
(available for the MAC or IBM unless noted)
-Warbonnet- Mac only- a gray scale type3 font &/or color eps clipart
depicting the streamlined passenger trains of the AT&SF
-Daylight- Mac only- a gray scale type3 font &/or color eps clipart
depicting the 1937 SP Daylights.
-Zephyr- an art deco font styled after Zephyr Gothic, the letterface
used by CB&Q, WP et al.
-TrainTracks- snap track for your word processor.
-RailPassenger- a high resolution picture font that allows you to
couple together a passenger train ca. 1950.
-RailFreight- a high resolution picture font that allows you to couple
together a freight train ca. 1960.
-RailModPax- a high resolution picture font that allows you to couple
together a modern day passenger train (i.e. Amtrak).
-RailroadRoman- a high quality roman font in the style of hand
lettering on railroad cars ca. 1900.
-EmpireBuilder- styled after the typeface used by Great Northern on
their passenger trains ca. 1950.
-AlphabetTrain- RailroadRoman meets RailFreight, i.e. letters on flat
cars, good for titles and page numbers.
-RailHeralds- a picture font containing a collection of high resolution
(I use that phrase a lot) rail heralds.
-Rail Icons- Mac only- approximately 60 rail related icons
(locomotives, cars and heralds).
Look for them on the net, the WEB, Compuserve, AOL, your
favorite bulletin board, or send me a couple of FORMATTED 3.5" disks
and a SELF ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE. I'll fill the disks up and
YOU WANT YOUR CAR (OR DREAM CAR), LOGO OR HERALD ON YOUR
I am willing to do custom work, as my time allows, at reasonable
ASUC Box 624 # 4510,
Bancroft & Telegraph
Berkeley, CA 94720-4510
--Please include your e-mail address with all correspondence--
(very handy for notifying you of new releases)