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    Default Colourful Steam

    This is an attempt to record what has been produced, ready to run, anything but black in the steam world.

    I have always liked colourful steam locos but it's not easy to find out what has been produced. This is a start to rectifying that. Please post any contributions.

    1 It has to be a factory paint job

    2 It can be from any country

    3 Details for many of these locos are available on Spookshow's amazing web page

    4 Try not to post repeats of locos already posted

    5 Thank you wholeheartedly for your contributions

    6 Enjoy

    IMG_8505 (2).jpg
    Bachmann 2-6-2 C-

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    Arthern 2-6-0 A

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    Concor 4-6-4 B

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    Tomix 0-6-0 Thomas A

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    Tomix 0-4-0 Pircy A

    IMG_8515 (2).jpg
    Rivarossi 4-6-2 B
    Thanks, Tom

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    The rest of my lot,

    IMG_8509 (2).jpg
    Bachmann 4-8-4 'J' A

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    Concor 4-6-4 B

    IMG_8520 (2).jpg
    Model Power 4-6-2 A

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    Rivarossi 4-6-2 B

    I have indulged a bit by adding my my opinion of their grading
    Thanks, Tom

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    Currently available, or at least still on their website...
    The Bachmann Baldwin 4-6-0 in Southern green...
    https://shop.bachmanntrains.com/inde...h1hi42fh1hmfa3

    Bachmann's Light Mountain 4-8-2 also in Southern green...
    https://shop.bachmanntrains.com/inde...h1hi42fh1hmfa3

    And their 4-4-0s
    https://shop.bachmanntrains.com/inde...th=265_372_378

    The 2-8-0 was also available some time ago in Southern green
    http://www.hattons.co.uk/260133/Bach...ockDetail.aspx

    Tom already has their 2-6-2

    Con-Cor had a NYC/Southern 4-6-4
    https://www.con-cor.com/shop/n-scale...n-bullet-nose/

    The little Atlas 2-6-0
    http://archive.atlasrr.com/Images/NL...3106/41615.jpg
    http://archive.atlasrr.com/Images/NL...3106/41616.jpg

    Seeing as Thomas is on here, I thought I'd add this beauty
    https://bachmann-collectorsclub.co.u...-class-4f.html
    Bet Mr. Moose doesn't have one of those

    Lastly, a Dapol 0-6-0 'Terrier'
    https://shop.morris-models.co.uk/dap...ood-6037-p.asp
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    Concor did just about every possible color/paint job possible on a pacific or hudson...
    accuracy was not a concern.

    I will take a few photos of what I have when I get back into my tinker palace...
    about 2weeks from now.

    nothing I have is rare... so I expect some others will get the photos done before then.

    victor

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    concor GN S2 Northern came in a few schemes.


    bachmanns northern as well




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    I recently wrote this for a Southern Pacific locomotive set I'm making for a train game called Transport Tycoon:

    LOCOMOTIVE LIVERIES

    Locomotive color is a complicated topic, especially since most photos of steam locomotives are in black and white. As far as I've been able to tell, there were a few major paint schemes.

    In the early days, locomotives were painted colorfully and often decorated with brass or painted wood. There's very little information on this time.

    In the early 1900s, locomotives were primarily black, with the words "Southern Pacific" on the cab and the locomotive number on the tender.

    In 1916, the locomotive number was moved to the cab and the tenders were lettered "Southern Pacific Lines." As far as I can tell, this is around the time that they began painting the boiler jackets in different colors. There is evidence that Baldwin painted locomotives with light grey boilers and brownish-red cab roofs from the factory. Additionally, many early black and white photos clearly show the boiler in a lighter color than the rest of the locomotive. Finally, it is known that some of the road's 0-6-0 switchers that were assigned to passenger terminals wore a fancier green and red paint scheme into the 40s, and a number of restored SP passenger engines have also had green layers of paint discovered beneath many coats of black during restoration.

    In the mid-1930s, the railroad went back to black for all engines.

    In 1946 the word "lines" was dropped from all lettering, and smokebox fronts were painted aluminum for visibility.

    Due to these factors, as well as the scant photographic evidence I can find, I've decided that freight engines will be painted grey and red from 1916-1934, passenger engines will be painted green and red, and both will be black from 1935 onward. Smokeboxes will be graphite until 1945, at which time the door will change to aluminum.
    I'm planning on painting a number of my steamers in grey with red roofs because of this. I'll post photos if/when I get this done!
    "The curious but intense pleasure that is given to many people by the watching and the study of railway trains, their engines, and the detail of their organization is both an art and a mystery. It is an art because the pleasure to be had is exactly proportionate to the informed enthusiasm one puts into it. It is a mystery because, try as one will, it is impossible to explain to others exactly in what the pleasure consists."
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    Herva

    Most excellent research Sir. Thank you. Might I suggest that you keep a note of your sources, as others will inevitably want to use them. Again, thanks.
    Komata "TVR - serving the Northern Taranaki . . . "

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    Default Red!

    The Cardinal's Train (of 1926):

    22-Cardinals Train.jpg
    Con-Cor (RivaRossi) heavy pacific

    Chicago and Alton (similar to GM&O but the earlier road name):

    02-Alton-Loco.JPG
    Another Con-Cor RivaRossi heavy pacific

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    Default ... more colors ...

    B&O Capitol Limited:

    09-Cap_Ltd_Loco.jpg
    Con-Cor (RivaRossi) 4-6-2 - different headlight location than every other pacific I've seen

    American Freedom Train:

    42-Freedom-Train-GS4-loco.jpg
    Con-Cor (Kato) 4-8-4

    Dave
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    Default ... and of course, Milwaukee Road

    Chippewa light pacific:

    Chippewa_Light_Pacific.jpg
    Con-Cor (RivaRossi) 4-6-2

    The first Hiawatha 4-4-2:

    1935-Hiawatha2.jpg
    Fox Valley loco

    The next Hiawatha 4-6-4:

    Hiawatha 4-6-4.jpg
    Con-Cor (Kato) unique boiler as prototype

    Dave
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    Default ... and let's not forget ...

    SP Daylight:

    43-SP_Daylight_GS4_4-8-4.jpg
    Kato 4-8-4

    UP Portland Rose:

    25-Portland Rose 4.jpg
    Con-Cor (RivaRossi) 4-6-6-4

    Dave
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    Quote Originally Posted by 56Pontiac View Post
    The first Hiawatha 4-4-2:
    OMG you lucky man, won't you just look at that lovely loco

    You've got a great collection there. Thanks so much for sharing them with us
    Thanks, Tom

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    Default Let's not forget the very FIRST steam locomotve

    der Adler of 1835:

    DerAdlerShelf.jpg
    Minitrix 2-2-2 pufferbelly

    Dave

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    Default ... and more continental steam ...

    Orient Express:

    Minitrix Orient Express Set.jpg
    Minitrix 4-6-0 of the Royal Prussian Railway

    Fleche d'or:

    26-Orient Express Set 2.jpg
    Con-Cor 4-6-2 Nord Chapelle

    Dave
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    Default ... and at Christmas, I set up several colorful trains ...

    ... pulled by non-prototypical (but bright holiday colors!) steam:

    Great Northern (WAY too bright green):

    GN-2-8-0.jpg
    Bachmann 2-8-0

    "Yuletide Special"

    Yuletide_Special.jpg
    Bachmann 0-6-0

    Cheap stuff, but my wife and grandkids like to look at them

    Xmas2018 002.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by victor miranda View Post
    Concor did just about every possible color/paint job possible on a pacific or hudson...
    accuracy was not a concern.
    Yeah I have a few of these ... I am a sucker for bright paint jobs:

    B&O:

    B&O set.jpg
    RivaRossi heavy pacific

    UP 49'er colors but not prototypical loco (I like the chocolate brown, this one pulls my candy train):

    CC-3077.jpg
    Con-Cor (Kato) Hudson

    Southern:

    cresloco.jpg
    yet another RivaRossi heavy pacific

    Lehigh Valley "Black Diamond" (but not really, the prototype was quite different):

    41-Black Diamond 1.jpg 41-Black Diamond 5.jpg 41-Black Diamond 8.jpg
    yet another Con-Cor (Kato) Hudson ... OK this one is mostly black, but does have that pretty red and white striping and lettering

    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by 56Pontiac View Post
    Yeah I have a few of these ... I am a sucker for bright paint jobs:
    I'm happy you are. This is turning out to be quite a feast
    Thanks, Tom

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    I'll add to the Daylights:



    Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by SP-Wolf View Post

    I'll add to the Daylights
    Hmmmm ... My Daylight 4-8-4 says "SOUTHERN PACIFIC LINES" on the tender, up in the higher red band (unlike yours which are down in the orange) ... but I am more interested in the loco second from the left, with only ONE headlight ... from where?!?!

    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by 56Pontiac View Post
    Hmmmm ... My Daylight 4-8-4 says "SOUTHERN PACIFIC LINES" on the tender, up in the higher red band (unlike yours which are down in the orange) ... but I am more interested in the loco second from the left, with only ONE headlight ... from where?!?!

    Dave
    Hi Dave,

    Yours is pre 1948 -- Late 1948 the SP dropped the word "lines" from their equipment.
    (I'm going by my crummy memory)

    The line up:

    A black GS-2 - Mor Models
    GS-3 - Key Imports.
    Deskirted GS-4 - Con-Cor
    A pair of GS-4's -- Kato
    GS-5 -- Key Imports
    GS-6 - Mor Models

    Thanks,
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