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Another classic vehicle for the 1970s is this Mk1 Ford Transit by Oxford die-cast. Wing mirrors and flush glazing have been added to enhance the basic model.

E221229 is the ex-LNER Conflat S, pictured after lettering and weathering. This is one of several wagon projects for the 1960s that have made progress this month.

B891493 is the Dia 1/350 Cattle, finished in typical grubby condition.

The Conflat A has been finished as B710206, again with the early 60s era in mind.

An ongoing project is adding more loads to the open wagons within the fleet. This Highfit is being used for a pair of locomotive driving wheels, which haven’t seen use in a while to judge by the rust!

A type I have not modelled before is an LMS 3-plank Medfit - made using the Parkside kit, the markings are to a David Larkin photo from the mid-60s.

This Conflat B has been adapted from the Pipe wagon kit, and is part of what has proved quite a complicated project. The LNER pattern brake gear found on the type required further changes to the Parkside kit parts.

AFP pattern BR containers were the next element, and used the Genesis whitemetal kit. The box is shown after application of the basic paint scheme.

The boxes are pictured again after addition of the colourful ‘Bird’s Eye’ livery. The company was quick to adopt dedicated container stock at the very beginning of the 1960s, Cambridge Custom Transfers offer the markings within their range.

Another wagon to add some colour to Canada Street in the early 60s is this APCM Presflo - built using the original yellow plastic Airfix mouldings. Although some doubt seems to exist over the fleet size, at least the first 32 wagons are believed to have carried bright yellow before APCM changed to a more practical mostly grey scheme.

The completed Conflat B project is pictured after fitting of the two AFP containers and securing chains. B740304 was typical of the fleet, converted by BR from surplus early examples of the Dia 1/461 Pipe wagon.



A Type 22 pillbox that had been extended with a raised Light Anti-Aircraft (LAA) mounting on the roof.

The idea is that after the war the top part was demolished but they gave up when they reached the rather thicker lower walls! The structure is to scale and made from 80-thou plastic.

Here’s the underside of the structure, which is designed to fit into a pre-built slot in the scenery so entry to the top level was by the steps shown and another flight provided access to the actual pillbox beneath. The Y-shaped wall was fitted internally to avoid shoot-throughs via the embrasures.

The almost finished structure has been slotted into place with the steps leading up from the access path and another path dropping to more steps to reach the box. The box sits on the edge of a seawall and covers the approach to the dock maintenance canal and the rail bridge in the background. The LAA mount on the roof was to prevent low-flying aircraft attacking the lock, which if breached could empty the dock.

The box has been completed with the parallel marks where the original shuttering was removed visible and the crudely removed top walls showing off their steel reinforcing bars. The LAA weapon would have been affixed to the smashed concrete post in the centre of the roof.

The completed box with suitable graffiti, lichen growth (rather prominent on the photo but less so in the flesh!) and bent, rusty reinforcement.

The surrounding landscaping is growing using aluminium car repair mesh.



It's been many years since we visited the Eastwell Ironstone Company...... a few photographs have just been discovered in the attic after many years of gathering dust. This selection concentrates on the area around the crushing plant, works, and locomotive depot.

Taken by Paul Bason (most likely at a past Expo EM at Bletchley), this view shows a motley collection of industrial motive power, including ex-BR shunting locos.

The operation looks to have been run on a shoestring, and although output of iron ore at this South Midlands location is still reasonably healthy, competition from imported ore means its days are numbered.

Saddle tank 'Binnewith' is seen on shed receiving attention from the fitters.

Nothing appears to get thrown away just in case it's needed. An ex-BR class 03 is in the process of being dismantled and rest assured its parts will keep other motive power running for a bit longer.

Down at the exchange sidings, ex-BR class 14 & 05 are stabled between duties.

Wickham trolley number M15 parked up next to the headshunt.



Up until recently a lot of the wagons in the departmental wagon fleet were found to be in need of additional work to bring them up to a decent standard, particularly since the Hornby Trout ballast hopper appeared. The finesse and level of detail put a large batch of Cambrian kitbuilt Catfish & Dogfish hoppers to shame, to the extent that they were withdrawn from active service awaiting a decision on their future. The Trout can be partially seen in this image on the right.

To improve the situation, remedial work has been carried out to include replacement of the chunky moulded plastic handrails with brass wire (retaining the existing stanchions), fitting of brake hangers and rods, vacuum cylinders, and handbrake wheels (where missing). Due to the amount of work needed, and the fact there were more wagons than required, the upgrade work has only been carried out on 4 wagons with the rest being disposed of.

The loads were also refreshed by adding additional Woodlands Scenics ballast secured in place using Johnson's Klear..... the 2 Catfish seen here next to the Trout. The curly spoke handbrake wheels are from the excellent range of etched wagon detail parts by Colin Craig website click here.

English Electric type 2 'Baby Deltic' D5909 heads back to Hitchin on a Sunday afternoon with a mixture of ballast wagons after engineering work in and around North London during the weekend. With some still loaded with ballast, it wouldn't be unusual to see them mixed with empty wagons in the same train heading back.

Whilst on a departmental theme, here's an opportunity to catch up with the PWM equipment train, usually transporting plant and tools to various work areas.

Lowmacs loaded with plant - a Matchbox bulldozer and an Airfix JCB. These loads were only meant to be temporary, but 20 years later they're still hitching a lift.

Three wagons consisting an open with materials for the next engineering job, another Lowmac, and a ex-GWR Toad which has been panelled in at the verandah end for the secure storage of equipment.

The PW crane for lifting heavy items and other equipment associated with engineering work. This kit built crane (Airfix / Dapol) & runner wagon was built by Greg Brookes for the Shenston Road fleet, and despite its Western Region origins, provides a valuable service on the Eastern.

Olive green adorns the BR 13ton steel open wagon, sandwiched between ex-LMS brake van and 3 plank open. These ex-revenue earning wagons wwere plentiful in the 1970s, and ideal for transporting spent ballast, sleepers and other items associated with the permanent way.

A brace of Grampus, along with a steel bodied 13ton open. A few door bumpers are missing by the look of things, and replacements should see the wagons in service for a few years to come!

A pair of BTH type 1 locos take the Up Slow line with a selection of spoil wagons in tow, with a much better chance of seeing these trains at the weekend.

Southern Region Electro-Diesel E6018 is seen with a rake of 24.5 ton mineral wagons..... more than likely a special delivery of Kentish coal for East London.

From the Eastwell fleet comes English Electric type 4 light engine. A Bachmann example weathered by Greg Brookes.

And finally for this month, Shenston Road's D815 Druid hauling an inter-regional freight.


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