To my mind, monikers represent both wanderlust and transcendence. Wanderlust because the moniker romanticizes the lore of riding the rails, and transcendence because of the quasi-folk-like identities associated with it.
In his film ‘Who is Bozo Texino,’ Bill Daniel’s sought the artist responsible for the ‘Bozo Texino’ handle. For 16 years, Daniel’s rode the rails documenting his experiences with a Super-8 sound camera and 16mm Bolex. This documentary marshals the imagery of the hobo sub-culture in grainy black and white, and it includes interviews with other chalk artists, like Colossus of Roads, The Rambler and Herby.
Daniel’s film can be found at www.billdaniel.net.
ExactRail has offered models with the Bozo Texino, Colossus of Roads, Rambler, Herby, Coal Train and WaterBed Lou monikers. In the romanticized lore of those emblems, we sense a kinship for the love of Americana and the desire to represent it as more than just artifacts of cold steel.
For the list of in-stock cars with monikers, please see the list below: