Quick and Easy Weathering and Rusting for Rolling Stock

While nice new shiny locomotives and rolling stock may look good running around your layout, if you want your layout to be realistic then you will want to think about weathering (the process of making something new look older and used). In real life locos and rolling stock spend years exposed to the elements, so will obviously show signs of constant use, such as rust, grime and fading.

When starting out with weathering you will want to practice on rolling stock that is inexpensive and that you don’t mind experimenting on (you may want to try out different techniques before you find the one that suits you); you can pick up some cheap rolling stock for practicing on from eBay and model kits from hobby shops. You will want to perfect your weathering process on rolling stock before you move onto weathering your locos, given the difference in price.

In the following 2 videos Gyrusse walks through the techniques that he uses to weather his rolling stock. It’s very simple, quick and can be done using materials that you can pick up in any good hobby shop. Within a few hours you can have some realistically weathered rolling stock running around your track.

Supplies you may need:
– Find cheap rolling stock for practice from eBay here
Weathering Rust Pen
Weathering Powders

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Dan Morgan

Dan Morgan fell in love with model trains at the age of six when he visited an NMRA Convention in Seattle with his father. Forty two years later, his passion remains just as strong. After achieving a successful career in architecture, Dan’s particular interest is within layouts and buildings. With a wealth of knowledge on the subject, Dan loves nothing more than sharing this with others and is delighted in the forum of members who are brought together over the hobby they have in common. Dan lives with his wife Helen in Washington. As a professional painter, Helen has learnt through Dan about Model Trains and they now enjoy working on projects together. The only member of the family who isn’t allowed to join in is their over-enthusiastic Labrador called William who has been strictly banned from the workshop! You can find Dan on Google here!
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Dan Morgan

Dan Morgan fell in love with model trains at the age of six when he visited an NMRA Convention in Seattle with his father. Forty two years later, his passion remains just as strong. After achieving a successful career in architecture, Dan’s particular interest is within layouts and buildings. With a wealth of knowledge on the subject, Dan loves nothing more than sharing this with others and is delighted in the forum of members who are brought together over the hobby they have in common.
Dan lives with his wife Helen in Washington. As a professional painter, Helen has learnt through Dan about Model Trains and they now enjoy working on projects together. The only member of the family who isn’t allowed to join in is their over-enthusiastic Labrador called William who has been strictly banned from the workshop! You can find Dan on Google here!