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To my eye, appropriate weathering, well done, is a very important ingredient in the overall feel of a model railway, but some words of caution (in my view of course)

Weathering should not be to a uniform level across a loco stud and there must be recognition of the period modelled and the area modelled. For instance weathering in late 50's early 60's will be quite different (much lighter) from the mounting neglect of the mid 60's, some areas and some sheds looked after their locos much better than others and not every area had hard water so there would be far less limescale staining in evidence. Weathering of locos of course demands weathering of rolling stock and railway property - once you start it just keeps on going!

The better layouts at exhibitions generally get it right but sadly I've witnessed some very clumsy and overly heavy weathering on some club layouts. In my view better not to do it at all rather than do it badly.

My own locos are all very nicely weathered (not by me!). Generally I go for "moderate" weathering as my period is around 1960 and my area east Scotland where locos were reasonably well looked after at that time - just really a little bit dirty and grimy but not with a neglected look. A couple of heavy freight locos however have had less attention from the cleaners!

Having said all that, the Brit looks great (in terms of realism of course). Who was the artist?

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