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Hello all, I have done a search, but unsuccessful so far.

I am building a tribute, fake, 353 Circus Train Locomotive using a 356 Silver Bullet donor locomotive to start with.  

I am wondering if anyone has found a suitable replacement red paint from say Krylon or others.   There was a list that I saw somewhere a long time ago, but I can't find that either.

Thank you in advance,

Aflyer

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Doug needs to clarify the use for each of those paints. To possibly help here are some pictures of my mint condition Circus set. The two on the mantle are in indirect sunlight, the one of the engine on the wrapper is in direct sunlight. The 353 red is slightly different than the red on the hard to find red circus flats.62031088-CD6B-4878-8B42-2CA1264661EE61AAD6C4-05A5-4548-948D-91E712F325B0BCE15E17-96D3-4E37-85CD-697E182C6535

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AmFlyer,

You have some beautiful Circus trains there, and thank you for sharing the pictures.  I do hope Doug can let me know the differences between the two paints.

I am going all repro or parts box building here.  My plans are for a Smoking Circus loco with Choo Choo and wire handrails.   This will be a runner for both home and Train Show use.

Thank you again for your help.

Flyer

If you want a Circus loco with wire handrails and smoke it requires some customization since the Silver Bullets did not have wire handrails. Perhaps go all out and use a PRR K5 for the Circus engine. Take a look at Joe Deger's Tuscan K5, it just needs Circus red rather than the Tuscan paint. The pictures are at sgaugers.org/td/td_jd_06.html. The custom Circus engine he made is the wrong red, too bright with too much yellow in the red mix.

Aflyer, in the interest of helping you spend your time and money here are closeups of four of my Circus flats. They show some of the variety in cage and roof colors as well as animal types and colors.

The Circus engine paint is not high gloss, it is a mid semi gloss with a low yellow content. that shows well in the pictures above.



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@AmFlyer posted:

If you want a Circus loco with wire handrails and smoke it requires some customization since the Silver Bullets did not have wire handrails. Perhaps go all out and use a PRR K5 for the Circus engine. Take a look at Joe Deger's Tuscan K5, it just needs Circus red rather than the Tuscan paint. The pictures are at sgaugers.org/td/td_jd_06.html. The custom Circus engine he made is the wrong red, too bright with too much yellow in the red mix.

Tom,

I have met Joe, he is a member of ACSG Tidewater Division, I belong to the Carolinas division.  Amazing guy who does amazing work.  The Tuscan K5 is another beautiful piece of work.

This link may work: http://sgaugers.org/TD/TD_JD_06.html

Thank you for the detailed pictures they are all a little different.  I have ordered some repro loads.  And I am even using Repro plastic Circus flats.

I have already ordered repro wire handrails to add to the 356 turned 353, LOL.

Thank you and keep the ideas flowing.

Aflyer

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