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I must confess, this MTH Proto 3 Long Island B6 steam switcher is my #1, just perfect for my switching layout with its sharp 031 curves. And, since smoke is my favorite locomotive feature, I just love watching an engine build up a head of steam.

Now, it's your turn. Let's see some of your best smokers build up a head of steam.

Arnold

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One of the reasons that Mohawk smoke looks so good has to do with the lighting in the video.

Here's a little photo/video lesson in lighting...

When you want to to show off a locomotive's smoke capabilities, make sure you have some light coming from behind the locomotive...from the back of the scene.  In a typical front-lit scene, the smoke will just blend in with the background. With just a little back lighting, the smoke will stand out from the background and look much more impressive.

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I totally agree with Rich Melvin's post. Before I read it, I coincidentally made this video and was pleased with how the smoke mixed with the natural light at dusk that came in from the window behind the MTH Proto 2 PennsyTurbine.

After reading Rich's post, I now know why the smoke is so striking in the video. Pay particular attention to the end of this 49 second video. Arnold

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Now that many modern diesel locos also spew smoke, there should be "equal time" for showing them in action. Also, now that there are scented smoke fluids available, several smoke options are available for locos whether wood-burning, coal-burning, or oil-burning locos. I have "coffee scented" smoke fluid for use with STELLA'S DINER!

Some local train clubs that sponsor train shows suspend smoking locos as a consideration for young visitors who have have asthma or breathing-related medical problems. Following that practice, I don't put smoke fluid in any of the locos on my home layout for the sake of others.

However, there is a pre-existing "blank" ceiling vent in the Train Room. I intend to install an exhaust fan there so I can "have my smoke and expel it too."

Mike Mottler     LCCA 12394

I totally agree with Rich Melvin's post. Before I read it, I coincidentally made this video and was pleased with how the smoke mixed with the natural light at dusk that came in from the window behind the MTH Proto 2 PennsyTurbine.

After reading Rich's post, I now know why the smoke is so striking in the video. Pay particular attention to the end of this 49 second video. Arnold

SO, so, it's the new technology, with high output smoke generators. Traditional Lionel smoke-puffers do make very kewl smoke rings on a good day... and I like the ones that smell like baby-powder. Ill try that dark background and back lighting. The smoke generators/fans/sounds/smooth-pulling new engines are pretty kewl.

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