New Monthly Content November 2016: New Life in Old Train Cars Part 2

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New Monthly Content October 2016: New Life in Old Train Cars Part 2: Weathering

november coverLast month, we walked you through the steps to completely overhaul an old train car with new paint, new decals, new trucks, and new couplers. This month, we’ll show you how to go about weathering that same train car (or any train car!). This month’s special report shows you how to do rust streaks, grime, paint chips, and fading. By following this guide you can make any of your train cars look like they have been on the rails for several years!

In New Life in Old Train Cars Part 2: Weathering, you will go through the steps to take any train car and add realistic weathering to it. The report also includes some optional extra methods you can use to add a few other special touches.

The project starts off with an old covered hopper with Kellogg’s branding, which was made by Tyco in the mid-1970s. When the project was completed, the car had gone from the very toy-like Kellogg’s branded train car to a modern-looking model train car, custom decaled and lettered for the authors freelanced Atlanta, Memphis & Western Railroad, and weathered to look like it had been on the rails for a couple decades.

By following these steps and suggestions, you should be able to take any type of old train car, of any scale, and give them a weathered look!  Though you may be working with an old Mantua, Tyco, or Hornby model, the basic process will be similar to the project described above.

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Robert Thomson

Robert W. Thomson is a life-long railfan, the son of a former L&N Railroad B&B gang foreman, and an amateur photographer. He was born and raised in southeast Tennessee but now lives in Butte, Montana with his wife, Connie and cat, Charlie. Robert has worked as a park ranger, underground mine tour guide, freelance roleplaying game writer, and ran his own roleplaying game publishing company until selling it in 2012.

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  1. Todd Bauer
    2 months ago

    I’m interested in your tips and tricks on model railroading.
    Do you except personal check or money orders?
    Regards, Todd Bauer


  2. Dan Morgan
    1 month ago

    Hi Todd,

    I’m sorry, but no. Everything is run through ClickBank for us and that requires MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, or PayPal.

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