Posted By Cap'nBill on 01/07/2009 9:27 AM
Matt: I like the looks of that train. Can you provide a few more details, like the color scheme and what loco your pulling with?
The color scheme is based on the D&RGW San Juan (1937-1951), using Pullman green. The San Juan consist had an RPO (mail car), Baggage car, 1-2 Coaches, and a Parlor car. It also was typically pulled by a K-28 locomotive
I run LGB scale trains (1:22.5) instead of the more accurate 1:20.3 scale. Why? Because I got into the hobby in the mid 1980s and over the years amassed a large collection of LGB sized equipment. At the time the only major manufacturer out there of American styled large scale trains was LGB which roughly equals 1:22.5 scale. Any other beginning manufactures, like USA trains, also offered 1:22.5 sized items to match what LGB offered. So I used LGB D&RGW coaches to build up a San Juan consist. If I was starting out today I might go with 1:20.3 scale trains since there was an accurate San Juan trainset
released by Accucraft
trains in 1:20.3.
On my San Juan trainset, the RPO is two combine cars (LGB 3081) cut in half to get 2 baggage compartments and sort of look like an RPO:
The baggage car is an LGB 30845.
The coach is a full vestibule LGB 3082.
The parlor car is a mix or parts from a full vestibule coach (LGB 3082), and an open vestibule coach (LGB 3080).
The LGB cars, which come in yellow, were airbrushed with Floquil Pullman Green
. The roofs, trucks, steps, platforms, and underframes were airbrushed with Floquil Weathered Black
. The handrails and grab irons were hand painted with PollyScale Steam Power Black
. The windows, wheels, and couplers were removed and unpainted.
While painting, I masked (used tape) over the Denver & Rio Grande Western letter board on the top of the cars so I would not have to decal these again. For the "gold" lettering, I used dry tranfers from CDS
using sets 305
After lettering, all the cars were sealed with Krylon Crystal Clear
. Normally I seal things with Krylon Matte Finish
, but chose Crystal Clear for a semi glossy look to simulate the prototypically high varnished look.
The loco in that photo is an Accucraft C-16 (#278) which is 1:20.3 scale. A C-16 is a very small locomotive in real life. Because of it's small size, it is about the only 1:20.3 loco I can use that doesn't look overly huge with my smaller 1:22.5 equipment. When the photo was taken both of my main locomotives, relettered LGB moguls
, were being converted into battery power. That's why the the C-16 was filling in. Now that the moguls have been converted either one typically pulls the San Juan. I can run track power or battery power locomotives, but I prefer the sound control and ease of operational you get with battery/RC.
I've always wanted a Rio Grande K-28 to pull my San Juan trainset. But the only one ever made in 1:22.5 scale is a very rare and super expensive brass model made in conjunction with Aster and LGB.
Hope this answers your questions. If you have any more, please feel free to ask.