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I recently purchased a H-9 2-8-0 Consolidation used. It is a MTH PS2/3v model.

While I do own a couple Illinois Central locomotives, I figured the IC didn’t own this type of engine. After a little research, I determined it was a Western Maryland prototype. I decided to paint it back to the proper railroad scheme. I used Tichy WM steam decal sets and Tamiya flat clear spray to finish the engine…

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Removed the lettering and numbers with lacquer thinner…


Finally painted the bell, whistle and safety valves with thinned black paint, decaled and finished with clear flat spray…




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Thanks guys.

Mark, I tend to be my own worst critic with my work!

Ryan, while the scheme is a bit plain, I think it makes the engine look a bit more “beefy”.

John, it isn’t that often I have a chance to work on a steam engine. It usually all freight cars and a diesel now and then.

I considered the fireball scheme as the decal set included that option. I tend to prefer the “plain Jane” look as it makes the mechanical aspects of the locomotive stand out a bit more..


It looks great. If memory serves me correct (I'd have to go look in one of my books), the fireball was introduced around 1940 when the M2 Challengers were delivered. The H9 is a great, beefy looking locomotive. MTH did a great job on those. I have both the MTH (scale wheels) and Overland brass versions of the loco. It's one of my favorite WM steam locomotives.

Thanks again, Ryan! I love the smaller locomotives, especially when they are “chunky”..

Thanks Dave. I have been diverted from boxcars lately, but should have a new one for this weekend!

Melgar, if the tender is MTH or Lionel and metal, the lacquer thinner doesn’t attack the black paint unless you leave it on for a long time and over scrub it with the Q-tip you are using to remove the lettering.

There may be some residue left after removing the lettering or number. I use alcohol swabs and wipe down at area. On my H-9, some of the high spots, like rivets, had the paint wear down during the process, but if you touch up any bare spots with black paint before clear coating the engine, it will come out fine…


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Did the lacquer thinner do any damage to the underlying black paint? I have a locomotive whose number I would like to change.


Tom is correct, and I’ll add, you don’t have to flood the area at all, ….as Tom says, q tips or something similar …..I use a microfiber towel, with just a small tip of the rag dampened with lacquer thinner,…..keep turning the rag or q tip, so you’re not re-depositing what you’re taking off….


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