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Dapol Class 22 ‘D6320’ has now joined the queue waiting for final weathering…..

Lately more projects seem to have been started than finished, and the past month has continued the trend…….First up is a Hornby SR Q1 re-gauged to EM using Gibson parts, and slightly complicated by Hornby using 3.0 mm metric axles rather than the more traditional 1/8”. The brake gear mouldings of this otherwise superb model are also not very helpfully constructed for those devoted to the wider gauges of 4mm modelling.

The slow progress on the pair of North British 0-4-0 kits continues, but a first coat of the main livery colours has finally been applied……I’m beginning to worry that if I don’t get a move on building the models will have taken longer than the prototypes spent in British Railways service!

Taking more of a fast track has been this Bachmann Class 20, to be finished as D8041 in as-delivered green and grey of 1959. An etched fan grill, wipers and laser-glaze from Extreme Etchings have usefully enhanced the model.



The Hornsey Workshops have been on extended leave of late so there's not a lot to report from there... a Hejan Baby Deltic D5808 awaiting headcode modifcations, and this Heljan class 47 (ex-Oldshaw's 47001) in for repaint and backdating. The Clayton boiler port has been removed, and a new section containing a Spanner boiler port is ready to take its place, and make it more suitable as a dual braked Kings Cross express loco.

Instead it's been very pleasant spending more time at the lineside watching the trains go by. I captured this English Electric type 4 number 332 on the front of a freightliner service heading south, the rake totalling 17 vehicles made up of TOPS code FFA (inner, no buffers) & FGA (outer, buffers one end).

The first block of five wagons have been transferred to the Hornsey / Wibdenshaw fleet, and are heavily modified and detailed Hornby models with replacement whitemetal bogies.

Rebuilt by Greg Brookes originally for Shenston Road, they feature complete replacement underframe trussing made from brass section.

The additional weight improves running and allows additional loaded wagons to be tagged on behind them without fear of derailments on 3ft radius curves.

The next 10 wagons in the rake (CS01 to CS10) have been detailed by Pete Johnson utilising the same Hornby model, but retaining the original plastic bogies and solid underframing. These are hired in from the Canada Street pool (as there's not enough siding space to run them there), and feature highly detailed containers and open crates.

CS02 is fitted with a modified 30ft container spliced together from several Hornby boxes.

CS04 is fitted with two 20ft containers, depicting the earlier Freightliner box and the later Freightliners Limited box, both suited for the early 1970s.

CS06 & CS05. All the containers have been detailed and labelled utilising Modelmaster & Fox Transfer sheets at a time before the Railtec transfers were available.

CS07 with Freightliner containers

CS10 & CS09 are fitted with OCL containers of 20ft & 30ft lengths.

The last two wagons in the rake are both FGA (ex-Shenston Road) as a paired twin and carry a 20ft Manchester Liners and a 10ft Freightliner container. I have yet to finish the box with a number at least.

Another two ML boxes are sitting at the end, placed conveniently to avoid doing any door detail on them.

As the freightliner train rolls away, Brush type 2 number 5552 heads across the flyover on its way north with a postal train made up of mainly full brakes for stowage, two POS sorting vans and a BSK for carrying personnel.

This fairly straightforward modification has been carried out on the Hornsey fleet, as per the feature mentioned last month on the Shenston Road update. On the left is a BG, a BSK in the middle, and a completed BG on the right.

BSK number E35445 having had the water filler converted to a handrail, and some fresh blue paint over the areas of recent modification.

In practice the two sorting vans would probably be the same way around for ease of loading through the wider doors at platforms, but are placed this way around for asthetic reasons.

The maroon BG is a recent acquisition and adds some colour to the consist.

An all-over blue BG hitches a lift on the back end.

From the Shenston Road direction comes Brush type 4 number 1813 with a rake of Gulf tankers presumably heading for Thames Haven.

The April update showed Greg's recent tank wagon project, the detailed and re-liveried Bachmann models.

Now finished and in to service......

...... with a HOP AB as a barrier vehicle.

Depicting a 1960s theme, perhaps passing a jam factory in deepest East Anglia! But alas no, just Paul James taking his railbus along the high level branch line for a spin.

On occasions a variety of visitors can be observed, sometimes on running-in turns before heading back home. This view shows English Electric type 3 locos on double headed coal trains passing each other.

D6992 - the latest from Bachmann, detailed and finished by Greg for his Shenston Road fleet and depicts a 86A Cardiff Canton allocated example.

Also from the same neck of the woods (also Bachmann) 6970 in green livery.

D6963 (& 6782 shown below) - both Lima based models, converted and finished by Paul for his Eastwell fleet, both with double motored original pancake motors in one, and skew wound Hornby Railroad motors in the other.

My Ian Allen locoshed pocket book tells me this is an unusual pairing, as D6963 is allocated to 30A Stratford, whilst 6782 is a 41A Tinsley loco.

BTH type 1 at a distance.

A flash-back to the Shipley show in September 2015 with Hornsey on away test.

Unfortunately due to the flooding that occured at the Baildon Green Recreation Centre, the 2016 exhibition has had to be cancelled. Here's a quote from the SMRS website - :

Shipley Model Railway Society was badly affected by the floods on Boxing Day last year. The ground floor of the premises was flooded to a depth of approximately seven feet. The clubrooms, on the top floor, were not flooded but access for normal club activities is still not possible as, amongst other damage, the emergency lighting and fire alarm systems were damaged beyond repair. Following the flood there was concern that the building might not be recommissioned. The club has now received assurances that the building will be reopened but, as yet, there is no time table for completing the work. Because of this the society has reluctantly decided to cancel their 2016 exhibition which was planned for September. Meanwhile the club continues to be very active and our layouts are fulfilling bookings at other exhibitions around the country. Updated 11/4/2016

We wish them all the best and a speedy return to normal.



HS4000 Kestrel heads north through Wibdenshaw with a freightliner service, passing a 6-car class 110 DMU on a service from Leeds. English Electric type 4 number 206 gets ready to depart Pudsey Junction SP. The layout will be making its final exhibition appearance at Railex, Aylesbury on the 28th & 29th of May 2016.



Modifications to a Heljan Class 47 body to 1628. After converting another of my Heljan 47s to one of the early generator D1500-D1519 body styles, I had a vacuum braked body spare with a hole in the roof where the original roof section containing the Spanner boiler port had been removed. I also had a section from a dual braked body which was left over from the conversion. I therefore looked at the possibility of producing a loco body from these parts.

I was left with a bit of a dilemma as the loco would have to be a vacuum only one, (that was what the main cooler group configuration was) and the spare roof section with the boiler exhaust was of the Clayton boiler type. A quick check through my books soon found that vacuum only Clayton boilered locos, (D1639 to D1681), had already been dual braked in the time period I was modelling. As a Spanner boilered option was ruled out, the model having been one originally, that left either a Stones boilered loco or one with no boiler at all. The latter was a non-starter as all had been dual braked from new. Of the Stones boilered variety a bit of research found 13 Stones boilered locos that had been vacuum only, D1618 to D1630. Three, D1620/1/4 had been dual braked too early for my purposes, but the rest were OK. (D1622/3 even managed to receive TOPS numbers, 47041/2, before being dual braked).

Initial trail fitting. The first thing I had to do with the boiler exhaust section of the roof was to make it a better fit in the loco body. Some attention to straighten the sides of the hole in the body with a file was followed with addition of plasticard strip to the edges of the boiler exhaust section of the roof and filing and sanding back until it was a snug fit. This took a bit of patience with filing and adding plasticard strip until I was happy.

Just about a nice fit. Note a start has been made on the new boiler exhaust port.

Finished roof section with altered boiler port in position. With the roof section a nice snug fit a start was made on altering the boiler exhaust port to the Stones type. This involved plating over the Clayton exhaust as modelled and making a new Stones one at the opposite end of the roof section. The cover plate came courtesy of the Extreme Etchings range, their EEDP47-15, Class 47 Boiler blanking plates, fitting the bill. (Note, since doing this conversion, the blanking plates etch now also includes a Stones boiler port). As the boiler plate etch I used was an early version and didn’t include a Stones boiler port etch, I had to make my own. This I did using an old A1 models etch on which the grill etch was a bit poor, so I removed the grill part of the etch and added my own grill soldered behind the port surround. After making a square hole on the roof section in the correct position, the new blanking plate and boiler port were glued in place.

Finished section awaiting a coat of green paint to match the rest of the body.

Side view of soon to be numbered 1628. The photo selection for the time period modelled, dictated that 1628 would be modelled in two tone green with TOPS style numbers and this is how the model has been turned out after touching up the paintwork as required and adding numbers and other detailing.

No2 (boiler) end view of a finished 1628. A visit to the Shenston Road weathering workshops completed the loco. Painting the cab interior and adding bulkhead detail along with the load bearing pillars that appear in the cabside windows and a cooker on the secondmans side, both out of plastic strip. Other detail includes some home made headcodes based on those found in photos of the loco, and adding detail to the side windows made from resized photos of the side windows of actual locos. (Brian Daniels Flickr site are good for those).

No1 end view of a finished 1628. An interesting project that has made use of the spare bits from another project and produced a rarely modelled example of the Class 47. Additions and alterations included cutting out the original Heljan plastic fan grill and adding new etched fan grills from the Shawplan range along with fans.

In service, and earning its keep on 'the postal'.



Following on from last month, these photos show good progress being made with the coal drop hoppers. The most significant details still to add are the operating rods to the hopper door mechanisms.

It is hoped that work on the coal drops will be fully completed in time for the layout’s appearance at Expo EM in Bracknell on May 14th/15th.

Another recently completed item of rolling stock. This LNER pattern 12-ton insulated fish van in Express Parcels guise is based on the Parkside kit, with Mike Clark Masokits underframe parts, including sprung axleguards.


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