Union Pacific SD40-2T Tunnel Motor #2843
Manufactured By: MTH
Model Number: 20-2693-1
Road Name: UP
Notes: This engine represents my first full weathering job on one of my engines. I was having trouble finding the nerve to weather any of my engines until an accident led me to weather this piece. Not long after I got this engine, I accidentally spilled a small amount of super glue on one side. With a permanent scar on the side of the engine, I was naturally quite frustrated at first but then turned that frustration into opportunity and told myself "well, the engine is no longer is perfect condition anyway so I might as well weather the thing". Not only did the weathering hide the super glue damage, but it gave the engine a very realistic and well worn look that I'm quite proud of now. Railroads usually keep their engines in decent shape, so I avoided any rust weathering and stuck to using only dirt and grime weathering, which is exactly what would cover an engine in active service. Now that I've gotten over the fear of weathering an engine, I'm sure this won't be the last engine that gets a nice coat of grime! Aside from the weathering, I really like this engine. The unusual hood vents on the back make this engine stand out. My only criticism is that the engine does not have the ditch lights that the prototype has. This is a 2006 model, added to my set in March of 2008.

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