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Mon Feb 28 07:51:53 EST 2011

Maybe I can help?

The K3's were a 1930's era engine and they got little praise/care/PR.
They had 80K lbs tractive effort, but at 35 mph for a top speed, not a time freight.
These engines had a temperature issue with the 3rd driver and journal box.
They even had Texaco working on advanced lubrications to help.
The 3rd driver seems to be splattered with grease.
The lettering was just the small (4" aluminum leaf?)


at the bottom of the cab with the engine number centered on the cab sides.

The tender number was on the frame about 2/3 back on the right side at least.
The inside of the main connecting rods are painted black.
The Graphite was dark - use Testors "Steel" from the little bottles with some flat black added.
Use a very small brush to put the graphite on so you can simulate the stuff brushes used to paint the real machines.
The Orange sash and color of some of the plumbing is up for debate.

Slide glass windows and typical weathering for slower speed locomotives.
Dark gray soot and "Armor Sand" for the sand dust.
They weren't that rusty or anything as N&W took good care of all the locomotives.
They didn't swap tenders on these too much.

Mark Lindsey
Stuck in the 1930's

From: NW Modeling List <nw-modeling-list at nwhs.org>
Subject: k-3
To: nw-modeling-list at nwhs.org
Date: Friday, February 25, 2011, 4:50 PM

I am painting three k-3 brass locomotives. My problem is all of the pictures I have seen there are is no lettering on the tender. Did the Norfolk and Western put all of the lettering under the cab windows? Did they ever put Norfolk and Western on any of the tenders and if they did what were the number on the locomotives with the emblem on the tenders? Any help will be appreciated, Jim Bryant

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