These pictures show an American Flyer Circus set that I painted to use as a Christmas tree set. The locomotive was a Silver Bullet (I had a lot of those in my junk box) so it smokes. I painted it using Train Enamel paint and rub-on lettering. At the time (in the early 1980s) these materials were available from Ron Leventon.
Besides the locomotive I painted up two flat cars (with Leventon reproduction loads) and a tank car. The tank car was one of the early black plastic cars that warped. I used it for a touch of whimsy.
I also painted two New Haven style passenger coaches and a New Haven style baggage car. All the cars are lettered using American Flyer type lettering.
This picture shows the circus set on display on the ACSG modular layout during the NMRA show in Virginia Beach, Virginia on September 19, 2009.
This picture shows the circus set running on the ACSG modular layout during the NMRA show in Virginia Beach, Virginia on September 18, 2010.
Here is the Circus train in action on the ACSG Tidewater Division layout. (1:30)