New York Central 4-6-4 Class J1e Hudson 5341 (Schenectady, July 1931). This is an older Broadway Limited Imports Paragon model – the last of three for Fillmore. When the Class J3a “Super Hudsons” began arriving in 1937, some J1e Hudsons were bumped from the New York-Chicago mainline. This happened to 5341 in September of 1937 when she was transferred to the former Michigan Central Railroad for passenger work west of Buffalo.
Here is a summary of the work done to make her Fillmore-ready:
Engine & Tender Chassis
- Locomotive chassis and gearbox cleaned.
- All pickups and contacts cleaned and adjusted.
- All wheels cleaned and gauged, faces painted Grimy Black.
- Automatic Train Stop Receiver installed on leading truck, trailing wheel position (engineer’s side) – this is a 3D printed part designed by me and made by Shapeways.
- All trucks soda blasted, painted Engine Black, weathered: sprayed thinned Grimy Black, dry brushed Testors enamel Dark Gull Grey.
- Locomotive chassis (including drivers and valve gear) airbrushed Engine Black and then weathered with spray of thinned Grimy Black, then mottled with Oily Black, dry brushed Testors enamel Dark Gull Grey.
- Wheel bearing and rod journals have a drop of 10-wt Nano oil applied, gear box has Nano-grease.
- Pilot, trailing, and tender truck wheel bearing faces have pencil lead lubrication applied inside the journal bores.
- Tender truck modified with direct wiring for pick-ups.
- Soundtraxx TSU-1000 Medium Steam Decoder installed.
- Factory speakers re-used.
- New Soundtraxx Sunny White LEDs (#810133) added.
- Locomotive completely rewired.
- New locomotive-tender quick connectors: pick-ups and motor Soundtraxx 2-pin connectors (#810012), headlight is Miniatronics (#50-001) two-pin connector. Dots (Miniatronics) and added painted strips (Soundtraxx) on connector ends help ensure correct polarity when assembled.
Engine & Tender Detailing
- New custom close-coupled drawbar (from .031” x .250” brass stock).
- Modified deck plate for close-coupling.
- All molding lines on locomotive and tender cleaned up with file and/or paper.
- Tender lettering soda blasted away, cab number sanded (600 grit) away (I kept the class lettering below it).
- Glatzl (#GLTZ from Sergent Engineering) non-functioning coupler installed in dropped position on pilot.
- New side number boards added to headlight assembly (.010”x.060”x.160” styrene).
- Removed front classification lights (these were not used on the NYC mainline in this era).
- Added Sergent Type E (#EC87K) coupler to tender; filed shank thinner to fit box depth.
- Tender marker lamps removed, brackets retained.
- Coal pusher (Custom Finishing #134) installed with steam lines added (.020” brass wire).
- Handle made for water hatch (.010” wire).
Locomotive & Tender Finishing
- All exterior glass and remaining data masked with tacky putty; interior glass masked with folded wad of paper towel inside cab.
- Locomotive and tender painted Testors acrylic Engine Black.
- Smokebox painted dark graphite (mixture of acrylic Engine Black, a little Tamiya Flat Aluminum, and a little Grimy Black)
- Tamiya TS-13 Gloss Clear lacquer sprayed for decals.
- Decals from Microscale set (#87-78).
- Tamiya TS-80 Flat Clear lacquer spayed overall.
- Weathering: Slightly thinned Grimy Black sprayed under the running boards and pilot, then more thinner added and sprayed lightly, two passes on sides/front, four on tops. Oily Black mottle on pilot and areas under the running boards, lower edges of tender.
- Engine Black sprayed (normally thinned) on exhaust stack and down sides of smoke box.
- Details very lightly dry brushed with Testors enamel Dark Gull Grey.
- Weathered Brown powder applied on all horizontal surfaces and sand coloured powder applied around sand box (excess blown away with airbrush).
- Testors Gloss clear mixed with 70% rubbing alcohol to make some small “wet” areas on the tender deck.
- Some Woodland Scenics Lump Coal applied first on top of 50:50 mix of water and white glue, then with Mine Run Coal applied on top of this, held in place with Scenic Cement.
It looks like things are starting to get busy down at the old engine house…