I'm still on a BN covered hopper kick, so here's a couple I worked on in my free time this week. This one started out as a factory painted NAHX Intermountain hopper that I based on a photo of a similar car:
This one started out as a factory painted Intermountain hopper in the BN scheme. It was actually my first one from many years ago. I built it and weathered the heck out of it, so much so that after I developed a lighter touch I really didn't like running it with my other stuff. It has been relegated to the bottom of the storage bin with a couple other cars for a long time now. In the spirit of the spring season, I repainted and decaled it back to its green self. I used a sharp blade to gently scrape away the new paint from the data rather than reapply all those decals, but the reporting marks, name and herald are all new:
I miss that scheme, too. I don't mind the plain reporting marks only scheme, if for no other reason than there was such an inconsistency in the shade of green and the style of lettering used. Those cars, along with all the ex-lease cars that got patched BN and the rare BN-predecessor cars that managed to sneak their way into late 80s/early 90s grain trains made it my favorite time to model BN. I don't care for the last BN scheme with the logo on the left side of the car, so the ones I have are being repainted or relettered if I can remove the logo without damaging the paint.
As far as the locomotive schemes are concerned, I'm with you on the tiger stripes and especially the white face. Of the BN locos we have at my terminal, there are a couple white faces. I was pretty happy that the first one I ran as an engineer was still in the original scheme!
oops. I posted this in the Sun. April 28 instead. Boy time flies. I thought we were still in April.
Great work everyone. I'm a little late posting my pics, but here goes......
I started building this loco a couple weeks ago. It's AWVR 1206 from the movie "Unstoppable." I used an Athearn SD40-2 dummy and put a TCS lighting decoder in it for the front end headlights and ditch lights + an orange LED for the sparks in the truck sideframes. I still have to do the handrails, but so far so good. I weathered it, a little bit too much, but oh what the heck. I semi-super-detailed it with the tread plate kit from Cannon & Co, the four window cab kit, the nose headlight, the two strange brake wheels in the front and back, the flared windshield in the front, and used a Cal Scale SD detail kit. I only put ditch lights in the front because this dummy is going to be towed from the rear as if being dragged. So, no LEDs in the rear, just in front.
The sparks: I'm not sure if I like them or not. We'll see.
SNIP Mike I have not seen one of the promotional Carstens' cars for like 20-25 year, surprised anyone still has one. Nice glimpse of the layout. Bill
Bill, Thanks for your comments.
Yes, that car has seen many miles on it. It's actually one of the few American private cars to travel to Europe and back (due to dad's Air Force gig.) Now there's some rare miles! ;D
I detailed it with paint back when I was say, 15? Then it got "weathered" some in a fire. I added 36" metal wheels and upgraded the couplers recently. It almost cries out for lighting and some interior partitions as the insides of these old Athearns are pretty rustic to start with.
I had a BLT with mayo for Cinco De Mayo...Sinko de Mayo??? Spied some nice gals NdeM cabooses, sorry no pictures and admired my NdeM Centipede!
The IC geeps photo is at one of the Elmhurst clubs maybe??
Also the BN green billboard lettered era is my favorite. Nothing like an early BN grain train with BN CB&Q NP GN mixed PS and ACF cars. I like trains that can be operated with varied motive power to be able to run my engines without an excess of cars.