Help me come up with some clever inside jokes
May 10, 2015 1:08 PM   Subscribe

I am building several dozen tank cars in HO scale for a friend, who has given me license to come up with clever (fictional) railroad/car company names to put on the cars. Some considerations:

The inside jokes will be in the juxtapositions of the reporting marks and car numbers on the side of the car, and the company names on the cars.

Real world examples: UTLX on a tank car means that the car is owned by the Union Tank Car Company. GATX means the car is owned/operated by the General American Transportation Corporation. What I am looking for is more along the lines of HOCX, which, I kid you not, stood for Head On Collision Lines.

The general rules are that reporting marks are 4 characters ending in X, i.e. ABCX DEFX and so on. (X in the AAR rules means a non-railroad car owner.) Car numbers are generally 4 or 5 digits.

On my own, I've come up with:

TREX - Jurassic Oil Co.
ROUX - Parisian Sauce company
ONYX - Lapidary Mineral Co.
LXXX - HTTP Port Authority

Can you come up with better ones , or improve on mine? I have a bunch of these to do and I'm fresh out of ideas.

btw, the reporting marks don't have to make a word. They just have to end in X.

Thanks, hive mind!
posted by pjern to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (31 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
SLAX - J. R. Dobbs Industries
TRIX - Manic Rabbit Shipping
posted by Nerd of the North at 1:19 PM on May 10, 2015 [6 favorites]

FLUX: Fluid Dynamics Co.
CRUX: Consolidated Vineyards
MINX: Fur Tanning Supplies Inc.
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 1:21 PM on May 10, 2015 [2 favorites]

COOX - 450 or Bust Oil
posted by jamjam at 1:28 PM on May 10, 2015

GTX: Gravy Train
posted by mibo at 1:34 PM on May 10, 2015

FLAX: Wholesale Nutritional Supplements
FAUX: Discount Olive Oil Co.
CALX: Mining & Metal Processing

(this is fun)
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 1:36 PM on May 10, 2015 [1 favorite]

COAX: Cable Manufacturing
CLUX: Chicken Feed
SHUX: Shellfish Processing and Shipping
SLIX: Oil Spill Response Chemicals
SNAX: Candy Company
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 1:50 PM on May 10, 2015 [5 favorites]

COAX - Lubricants & Oils
STYX - Mortuary Equipment
KINX - Plain Brown Wrapper Parcel Co.
posted by hiker U. at 1:52 PM on May 10, 2015 [7 favorites]

KNAX: German Sausage Company
SPEX: Optical Coatings
SMOX: Oil Paints & Artist Supplies
FLOX: Guano Processing
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 2:15 PM on May 10, 2015

Heh- riffing:

KINX - Personal Lubricants Corporation (On the side of a 10.000 gallon tank.)
posted by pjern at 2:18 PM on May 10, 2015 [5 favorites]

TRIX - Rabbit-proof Fruit Cereal co
OXOX - Naughts and Crosses Co (or Tic Tac Toe Technical Equipment. Or Hogs and Quiches)
BRIX - Lego corp
posted by Mchelly at 2:21 PM on May 10, 2015 [1 favorite]

HOAX: Promise Much Co.
SMAX: In Your Face Supplies
BARX: Duckburg Transports
posted by Namlit at 2:30 PM on May 10, 2015

BOOX bindery glue co.
LOOX cosmetics ltd.
SPEX eyeglass manufacturers
posted by Elly Vortex at 2:41 PM on May 10, 2015

TOOX Fool's Manufacturing
posted by Elly Vortex at 2:45 PM on May 10, 2015 [1 favorite]

DRUX: Weed and Shroom ltd.
posted by Namlit at 3:15 PM on May 10, 2015 [1 favorite]

HJNX Banana Peel & Slingshot Supply Co.
STAX Soul Trains
posted by generalist at 3:32 PM on May 10, 2015 [9 favorites]

MANX Bobtails (and riff off the Chessie System logo)
FINX Roth Industries
posted by adamrice at 3:53 PM on May 10, 2015

JERX - Koch Brothers
MBRX - Engulf and Devour
MARX - Duck Soup (or Animal Crackers, etc.)
posted by carmicha at 4:35 PM on May 10, 2015 [2 favorites]

FLIX - Celluloid Products Dist. Grp.
THNX - Gift Box Transfer Co.
KRAX - Plumbing Supplies Amalgamated
HAXX - Key & Logger Signal Supply
HOOX - Vinyl Platter-forms Ltd.
FREX - Radio Telemetry Lab. Corp.
SAXX - Brass Tube & Flange Mfg.
posted by snuffleupagus at 4:37 PM on May 10, 2015 [1 favorite]

XXXX : Sherman Paint
XXXX : Tiger Vaccuum flasks and consumer electronics
XXXX : Vickers Limited
XXXX : Kliment Voroshilov Heavy Agricultural Supply
posted by sebastienbailard at 5:45 PM on May 10, 2015

CROX - Florida Supply Co.
WREX - Automotive Salvage & Parts Company
posted by christinetheslp at 6:36 PM on May 10, 2015

MOLX 6021023 -Avogadro Chemical Corporation (seven digits are allowed per AAR spec)

MEPX Acme Chemical Corporation

CTHU Boston & Arkham Railroad

Also consider getting some decals for Australian equipment.. and letter it upside down.

You might also consider adding a trick to a car that shows up in operation:
John Allen's famous ball bearing car could be used to wire up a small noisemaker if the car is handled roughly.

Sounds like fun, hope photos surface!
posted by nickggully at 10:20 PM on May 10, 2015 [2 favorites]


FRAX : North Dakota oil futures.
posted by boilermonster at 10:50 PM on May 10, 2015 [2 favorites]

Chex: General Mills Cereal
Crox: plastic shoes
Blox: shipment for Lego
posted by Cranberry at 1:10 AM on May 11, 2015

Gin & Tonixx
posted by popcassady at 3:21 AM on May 11, 2015

ROUX-molten butter and flour transport; out of Louisiana
BRIX-sugar solution transport
posted by TedW at 7:59 AM on May 11, 2015

SPNX: Control Hosiery, Bulk Polymer Division
SFNX: Contents are a mystery!
TOOX: "Serious journeys, not hobbit walking-parties."
BLNX: White-Out Correction Fluid
LOXX: Zabar's Comestibles Distribution (A Wholly-Owned Subsidiary)
BLEX: Mr. Yuck's Purgatives & Emetics
POXX: Bulk Vaccine Compounding

…and of course:
MARX: Employee-Owned For 100 Years!
posted by wenestvedt at 10:00 AM on May 11, 2015 [1 favorite]

I'm not sure what DIVX would haul, but I am sure it would be rated incredibly hazardous.
posted by ckape at 2:15 PM on May 11, 2015 [1 favorite]

ooh, nthing SNAX!

RAWX (or PUNX) - Hard Rocks and Heavy Metals
FIXX - One Line Leads To Another Transport
HOAX - Bonsai Kitten Farms
TWIX - Caramel sourcing
KPAX - Out Of This World Sunglass Co
posted by ghostbikes at 10:04 PM on May 11, 2015 [1 favorite]

These are all great, folks! Yes, there will be pictures after I get the custom decals made and applied. Keep them coming!
posted by pjern at 6:34 AM on May 16, 2015

GASX - Simethicone Laboratories
KPOX - Flotation Devices, Inc.
posted by ctmf at 7:59 PM on June 3, 2015

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