Well, with the basement FINALLY mopped up and reassembled, and the DCC system finally up and running, it was time to get some weathering and painting done while the weather holds.
That coal load in the tender is actual RGS coal, from the Rico yards. You can purchase your own from Mike Conder. I won't post his email here (save the guy some spam!), but his coal-selling information is available under 'Other Resources' on my modeling page, w/ a safe link to his email there.
So - here's a crop of hoppers recently weathered, and my first-ever steam-loco weathering job.