New Product Spotlight – Weathered Locomotives

21 01 2014

Hard work and harsh weather quickly take their tole on trains. It doesn’t take long before the gleam of fresh paint is covered in soot, dust and grime. And before you know it, the rust starts creeping in. All of this weathering alters the look of a locomotive and makes each one unique. Recreating these effects in miniature is an art.


Weathered for a realistic in-service appearance, the massive 4-12-2 is even more impressive!

Weathering is one of the best ways to add realism to any model. While attacking the perfect finish of a fine model can be intimidating, by selectively highlighting certain details, weathering often enhances more of a model’s original beauty rather than obscuring it. And, like the prototype, each weathered model is unique.

We’ve presented some tips on weathering here on the blog in the past. While starting with an inexpensive freight car is a great way to learn, stepping up to a LEGACY locomotive can be scary. Lionel has partnered with artist Harry Heike to bring you the look of some hard-working locomotives without any fear.


Subtle weathering effects call out the many small details on the 4-12-2’s massive boiler.

A life-long enthusiast and modeler, Harry has turned his love and talents into a commercial venture since 1998. He has already produced more than 75 prototypes for Lionel so there’s a good chance some of his handiwork is already on your layout! Now you can see his artistry first-hand with three new weathered locomotives.

We’re launching this weathering effort with some unique locomotives. For steam fans, there is the massive Union Pacific 9000. These 4-12-2’s earned their keep along the midwestern plains. For more history of the prototype and all of the features of these amazing models, see this earlier blog post.

PRR Sharks

Battles with the Alleghenies kept the Pennsy’s freight diesels in an almost constant coat of grime.

We’ve chosen an equally distinctive diesel prototype for weathering as well. The Baldwin RF-16 “Sharknose” A-A diesels powered freight trains over many northeastern lines. Weathered versions will be available for both the B&O and Pennsylvania. For more background and model features, see this previous post.

B&O Sharks

Weathering doesn’t have to be excessive to be impressive. Subtle effects greatly enhance the details on even the B&O’s classic paint scheme.

The locomotives are being weathered to reflect a few years of operation – hard working but well-maintained machines. Note that each model will be hand-weathered by the artist, so no two will be exactly the same.

Take your roster to the next level of realism with these new weathered locomotives. Just be forewarned – after seeing how good these look you might be tempted to try your own hand at the process.

The weathered AA (Powered and Non-powered) Sharks retail for $829.99 and the weathered 4-12-2 for $1299.99. See your dealer to order your custom masterpiece today.



6 responses

21 01 2014
John Ochranek Jr.

The exterior weathering looks great. Has consideration been given to updating the sound sets so they also replicate an old, tired loco?

Lionel did this in the past with the Warhorse series.

21 01 2014

No, these will have the same sound sets as the non-weathered locomotives. They have been weathered to reflect a typical look after a few months – years in service. Well used, but still well maintained.

21 01 2014
robert coniglio

How is the weathering done? Ie medium used?How is the weathering medium sealed for longevity?

21 01 2014
michael mc

weathering is nice, but will decrease the value of your train very rapidly. The only exception I have seen are factory weathered equipment.

22 01 2014
Richard Fritz

The value of any modern loco decreases the moment it leaves the retailer. Train collectors have seen the value of their trains go down quickly in the last 5 years. Greenberg’s values are myths. No one is paying those prices for collectables. Auction houses are the only people making any money as trains change hands. We are in an endangered hobby. The true model rail hobbiests are dying off faster than the new model railroaders are coming in. Eventually, the manufacturers will cut back on production and variety, merge organizations, and just run out of steam altogether.
So, if a creative modeler wants to weather anything, he should feel good about expressing his right-brain talents. I believe you need to do what feels right and makes you happy. And, if a weathered engine does it for you, go for it before it’s too late.

22 01 2014
Conductor Andrew

Reblogged this on theredcaboose1.

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