Let’s talk about customizing Triplex Locomotives. Lionel’s announcement of a variety of Vision Line Triplex models built to order has generated loads of enthusiastic discussion here on the Forum. And a lot of folks already have Triplexes in their stables from the previous releases by MTH.
What customizations to a Triplex would be appealing to you? Have you done some customization work on a Triplex? Let’s see it! What techniques and materials did you use? What advice might you offer others who would like to do something similar?
In their posts folks have shared what customized features they would like to have in Lionel’s offerings. Mr. Muffin’s trains had a limited time offering of customized Triplexes that did not include white paint on the wheels. Many folks greeted that with enthusiasm. Others who missed that opportunity might decide they want to paint the wheels on their Triplex black. Other folks buying the Halloween version of the Vision Line Triplex have said they would appreciate something other than “Happy Halloween” written on the tender. There’s an opportunity for removing a graphic and replacing it with a custom decal. For folks who are skilled at that sort of thing, you could share your advice and/or point to helpful threads on that subject already on the Forum.
Some folks might want to customize a Virginian Triplex to more closely resemble the prototypical Virginian Triplex 700. The prototype had four wheels on the rear truck rather than the two on the Lionel Vision Line offering. Maybe the shape of the tender on the prototype was a little different than on the Lionel or MTH Triplexes? Maybe folks with access to archival photos can describe what other opportunities there are for bringing an O scale model closer to the Virginian 700 prototype.