|The FGE car on the left shows the out-of-the-box shiny wheels and Accu-mate couplers. The MEC car on the right is an Atlas car that's had its truck sideframes and wheels painted Weathered Black and a new Kadee coupler installed.|
The "ready-to-run" Atlas and Accurail cars also include unpainted - very shiny - silver wheels.
|I've found the Kadee couplers (right) are much more reliable than the Accumate couplers (left).|
Painting the trucks is the first step in weathering any car. I got extra motivated and did an initial coat of weathering on one or two cars - the yellow cars will be weathered at some point in the future.
|I even managed to weather a few of these cars - including this Atlas B&O hopper.|
Even without the "full" weathering treatment they look a lot better!