Subtle variations….

When you’re out watching prototype rail action, and you’ve worked for a prototype railroad, it’s easy to pick up on nuances and variations on locomotives and freight cars. It also helps with numerous photo archives to study, all of this especially when weathering cars and locomotives.

Such is the case with my Athearn Genesis series locomotive #7466. I intended this to be a well worn dirty locomotive, and think I succeeded. As you see below, there are some subtle, and some not so subtle variations in the weathering. I purposely sprayed a mud color paint on the bottom half of this engine to simulate both mud and dirt splatter and buildup. What else I did I’ll explain in the captions. One note about another subtle variation, and that is, note the variation in the steel rail. It’s all to emulate what you see on the prototype….!

Note both the dirt and mud splatter on the locomotive, plus the diesel fuel stain on the fuel tank. Also note the variation on the side of the rail
In this photo, note the rust on the engine door vents, plus the grime on the ACI plate. Enlarge and look at the weathering on the lettering as well…!

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