What is that sweet smell of old lubricating oil that is unique to steam engines and old friction bearing passenger cars?

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What is that sweet smell of old lubricating oil that is unique to steam engines and old friction bearing passenger cars?
Posted by divebardave on Monday, January 13, 2020 12:47 PM

Just like some its coal/deisal smoke...for me its old oil/grease...

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Posted by Overmod on Monday, January 13, 2020 1:02 PM

I'm tempted to bring up that old song:  "She wore Gree-eee-eeen Vel-vet!" (hopefully no one has explored the potential lyrics too intensely!)

Bill Petitjean's proprietary list of railroad lubricants included these; probably since the demise of the Texaco specific steam-cylinder-oil formula the best performing tribology for their purpose.

You might also be trippin' on older tallow-based grease lubricants as they age, although I think the best place to ask a question like this is over on RyPN where literally hundreds may share both the experience and the opinion on 'sweet smell'.

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Posted by selector on Monday, January 13, 2020 2:14 PM

Mmmmmmmmm....!!!!   C R E O S O O O T T T T E!!

When the odour flags, I wet a small rag with some creosote oil and lay it on the framework of my HO layout. Stick out tongue

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Monday, January 13, 2020 4:28 PM

I don't know, when I want interesting smells on the layout I'll try different "flavors" of J-T's "Mega-Steam."

"Field and Forest," "Grandpa's Pipe Smoke," "Cinnimon Bun," or my favorite, "Coffee!"

It really  does smell like coffee!  Coffee   Amazing!

Although creosote on a rag does sound interesting...

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