Two American tourists

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The branch to Port Rowan will start seeing two more American tourists as I finally got around to finishing a couple of freight cars that Pierre Oliver built for me last year.

I did the weathering… added my preferred wheels, couplers and train line air hoses… and, in the case of the gondola, built a load.

Let’s look at the gondola first:

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NYC 399671 is a resin kit from Funaro and Camerlengo. This is the second such car to enter service on my layout. I’ve decided to give this one a load of pipe: Perhaps the town of Port Rowan is doing a major upgrade to its municipal services.

The load is about half-completed here. I visited my local supplier of K&S Metals, and cleaned out their rack of the 1/8″ aluminum tube (part #8102). In all, I had 18 foot-long pieces, which I cut in half to give me 36 pipes. I painted these with rattle cans of medium brown, oversprayed with black.

I would like this load to rise above the car sides, so I’ve added stakes to the inside of the car, cut from S scale 4″ by 4″ lumber. I’ll tie the load using AAR loading rules after I add more pipe to the load – but that will have to wait until more comes in at my dealer.

The second car is this terrific boxcar:

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PRR 503798 is a plastic kit for an x29 boxcar, released in 2013 by Des Plaines Hobbies. Pierre was curious to give this one a go, since relatively few plastic kits are available in S scale compared to HO, and the release of a brand new plastic rolling stock kit in 1:64 is pretty remarkable these days. Kudos to Des Plaines for continuing to support the scale!

(Fellow S scale enthusiast Peter Vanvliet has documented his build of this kit on his website – here is the link to his X29 construction journal.)

As with the gondola, I finished this car by adding couplers, wheel sets, and train line air hoses. I then weathered it using my favourite combination of colours: a black-grey, a sandy beige, a medium brown and a light grey, all from Acrylicos Vallejo. I think it’s important to pick a colour palette for weathering and use it on all equipment go give the layout a unified look.

The final step is to generate some waybills for these cars, but once I do that they will be ready to enter service on the layout.

8 thoughts on “Two American tourists

  1. Great remarks on the weathering: I had not thought to keep the process the same, but it makes sense… Please elaborate on your order of the colors if you will and keep up the great work! I have a flat car load with K&S pipes in O—great materials!

  2. Thanks Brad – much appreciated.
    I usually work lightest to darkest.
    – I spray a light coat of pale grey along the underframe to lighten it and show off the details.
    – I then over coat this with wisps of beige. I don’t want to obliterate the grey. Rather, the two work together to represent general dust kicked up by passing trains.
    – Some of the beige and grey goes on the ends of the cars too.
    – A little bit of light grey shot down the sides of boxcars represents water streaking.
    – The medium brown I’ll use in a very thin mix, and airbrush it on the sides to give a boxcar-red piece of equipment some variation in tone. I find it especially helpful for toning down stark white lettering. This brown is also useful around stirrup steps, grab irons and ladders – anywhere that brakemen scramble about.
    – The black-grey goes on the roof, around the upper corners, the underside of the door tracks and along the top parts of the sides and ends. It’s a bit random – it shouldn’t obliterate the underlying colours, but add some dirt and coal smoke to the car.
    Hope this helps.

  3. Hi Trevor,
    Thanks for the order and colors you use when weathering. I too like the look you get on your equipment; not too run down but definitely used.
    Cheers, Gord

  4. Trevor,
    I found that the paint company you used seems to have a fascinating list of products. ”ACRYLICOS VALLEJO”. Where did you purchase them? Credit Valley? Panther Hobbies? They even have an interesting primer, weathering paints and water creating material!


    • Hi Ian:
      Vallejo is typically found in military modelling stores such as The Sentry and Wheels And Wings.

  5. That is a neat point about a constant theme in weathering the cars with a common style. I never thought about it like that but it makes perfect sense. Not that you couldn’t use a completely different process on one or any group of cars but to treat the weathering in history layers with that applied as the car rolled down the Simcoe sub and onto Port Rowan – that the weathering becomes a history layer that includes such a recent event.

    Yup, I never thought of it like that but quite like it.



    • Hi Chris:
      For me, it’s really about ensuring that all rolling stock looks like it travels on the same rails, in the same era. If I weather one car with paints and another with chalks, the viewer might wonder, “Why do those two cars look so different – didn’t they both get hit by the same rainstorm, the same coal smoke, the same sunlight?”
      One could argue that cars from different regions would have different weathering – that the forces that weather a Southern Pacific boxcar (California, oil burning locomotives) are different than those affecting my CNR cars, for example. I’d counter that the SP and CN cars have both travelled extensively throughout North America and therefore the various regional factors have blended into a common weathering palette.
      Finally, everybody can pick their own palette. The one I use simply works for me.

  6. Did you clean Above Ground Art Supplies out of K&S? Or do you shop somewhere else, because if you cleaned Above Ground out there is probably no point in me going in after work today!!

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