Thanks for commenting Tom. I was painting the axle and backside of the wheels. Then stopped and I never really noticed the axle or backside when running trains.Tom the trucks look great. Depending on the car (grain cars for example) I had to paint the inside wheel face and axle because they're so visible, flat cars and gons not so.
I noticed a wide variation in wheel colors myself, and started using slightly different tones. The lighting comes into play as well.Several years ago I was at a train watching location where I can park my vehicle several feet from the UP right of way and watch the trains enter and leave the Butler, Wisconsin yard. The trains run so slow.
One day a 100+ car unit train of covered hoppers arrived and I watched the cars roll bye and observed the differences in the color of the wheels, even on the same car. The colors when from very dark grimy black to a real bright, new rust. There was even a couple of new or refinished wheels in the group. I was amazed at the number of different colors.
After this session I started to paint the axles and wheel back surfaces when painting the fronts after from my advantage point watching trains I could see the axles and the backs of wheels. (The roadway and should er I was on sloped downward from the grade crossing.) I learned that we usually look at a model straight on when we should also look at the model from side and top views.
I went looking online for reasons about the blue bearings. I even went to the Timken website that tells you more about railcar bearings then you ever want to know. But, learned nothing about why they are bluedoes anyone know what the blue paint on the bearings signify i have seen this on a number of cars and have painted the bearing on both ends to be realistic
The blue caps signify Brenco Class K (6.5 x 9)bearings, which came into widespread use after AAR S-286 was passed and made effective Jan 1st 2004. This spec effectively forbade the use of the older Class F (6.5 x 12 )bearings on new 286K freight cars.does anyone know what the blue paint on the bearings signify i have seen this on a number of cars and have painted the bearing on both ends to be realistic
The few I've seen they're on the clean side. Shot runs and slow speeds only dirty the trucks it seems.Dirtying this guy up should be interesting. The plan is a medium weathering but with the start of some light streaking rust. I am looking for a prototype MP15AC that matches my thoughts. That is the balance of tonight’s time, searching.
Thanks Tom. I have now looked at hundreds of pictures at 3 sites. These suckers were clean.The few I've seen they're on the clean side. Shot runs and slow speeds only dirty the trucks it seems.
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