Article Weathering Model Railroader Nov. 13 - Weathering Article - Page 4

More weathering ideas Graphite heat-resistant paint Black boiler jacket and tender sides Sandy running gear This Illinois Central 2-8-0 Consolidation is the prototype for the Bachmann model that associate editor Cody Grivno weathered using Tony’s techniques for the cover photo and the picture in the lower left corner of the next page. Even though this photo is in black and white, the different shades of gray reveal a great deal about how a steam locomotive weathers over time. The lightened Locomotive colors running gear comes from sand that’s dropped on the rails ahead of the drivers to improve traction. The weight of the locomotive crushes the sand into a fine powder that blows all over and sticks to any wet or oily surfaces. The paint on the smokebox and firebox has been cooked to a rough surface texture while the insulated boiler jacket, cab, and tender look fairly clean. – Jim Hediger Tender weathering Steam locomotives collect dirt from several Locomotive colors directions. Cinders and soot constantly rain Locomotive colors down on top from the stack while the several sand Steam locomotives locomotives collect collect dirt from from Steam dirt used for traction blows all soot around the several running directions. Cinders and constantly rain directions. Cinders and soot the constantly gear. Dirt on also blows up stack from ballast if rain the down top from the while the sand down on top from the stack while the sand locomotive is pushing the all train. used for traction blows around the running used for traction blows all around the running gear. Dirt also blows up from the ballast if the gear. Dirt also blows up from the ballast if the Ash gray – Smokebox, boiler above locomotive is pushing the train. the firebox locomotive is pushing the train. Tenders tend to get a good dose of cinders and Tender weathering soot from the locomotive along with the sand Tender weathering and dust blowing back along the running gear. Tenders tend to to get dose and Tenders tend get a a good good dose of of cinders cinders and The rear of the the locomotive tender will accumulate rusty soot from along with the sand soot from the both locomotive along with the sand streaks along sides and the back where and blowing gear. and dust dust blowing back back along along the the running running gear. water overflows. The The rear rear of of the the tender tender will will accumulate accumulate rusty rusty streaks along both sides and the back where streaks along both sides journal and the back Rust – Brake water shoes, couplers, box where overflows. water overflows. Light gray – Boiler scale drips under check valves, pop valves, washout plugs, and whistle Dirt – Underframe and running gear, lower body, truck frames, and wheels Rust – Brake shoes, couplers, journal box lids, pipe joints, springs, and washout plugs Coal dust – Top front of tender deck plus small piles of spilled coal on rear deck Dirt – Main frame, lower edges of cylinders, and pilot, bottom of air reservoirs, and trucks Light gray – Water streaks along upper body from water spilled on the top deck Soot (flat black) – Entire top of engine, cab roof, and the rear tender deck Soot – All over top deck and front deck plate (cab end) of the tender and below the pop valves and whistle 42 Sandy running gear Model Railroader • lids, trucks, water hatch and top deck