As a young boy, there were many times that I would accompany my grandfather on various errands. On occasion, he would see a train coming and pull his truck over to the side of the road...often right onto the start of the ballast embankment of the tracks. When the train roared by shaking the truck it always left an impression on me. As did the tuxedo scheme of the Southern Railroad. This was because I was born in 1972 and grew up (mostly) in Greenville, S.C. and all those trains from memory were Southern.
Other seeds that were planted were the train sets I received as Christmas gifts from my father. From around 5 until 11 this was the gift of all gifts! Then, around the age of 12, my life went full-on drums/music and trains fell by the wayside.
Fast forward to around 2007-8. I happened to randomly stop in a hobby shop where I was living and the train bug bit again! It jumped off because in the showcase were two Southern units. An MP15DC and an SD24. They just looked great and brought back fond memories. So, I picked them up. This led to months of internet research on building layouts and such. Now that I was hooked again, a trickle of new models (rolling stock/engines) began and a layout was started.
During the layout building phase and a very regular internet search on model railroading questions, I stumbled upon the "Model Trains Weathered" website. Being a musician and visual artist (oils) already, seeing these models being transformed into miniature replicas of reality was fascinating to me on an artistic level. I realized weathered trains would be the culmination of my artistic goals in the hobby of model railroading. They would tie together the realism of the layout (and any future layout/s) and help create a far more realistic 1:87 world.
Shortly after "Model Trains Weathered" went away, I found "The Weathering Shop" and its forum "The Rustbucket". Just about every technique I have employed was found on "The Rustbucket". The tutorials and answers to questions about how to accomplish weathering goals has been invaluable. Furthermore, they saved a lot of time because one doesn't have to experiment and fail as much. Even information on how to take better photographs and build photo dioramas can be found on "The Rustbucket". All of this led to me taking the plunge with a BB Southern Geep and making it my first detailed/weathered model to post on "The Rustbucket" in 2012. Since that first post, I have continued to post every model I have attacked on "The Rustbucket" and I have been fortunate enough to win two of "The Rustbucket's" weathering challenges. Bottom line, my work is a direct result of "The Rustbucket" and the great artists within.
I find it very enjoyable to detail and weather model trains and I hope to be a quality contributor to The Weathering Shop!