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Some of the wagon projects pictured in June have made progress after a bit of a summer break. The five Coil Js have been completed by the addition of roped tarpaulin covered loads, B386077, fleet number ‘45’, is pictured.

B387624 /’42’ is another of the group.

The Dia 1/005 hot pig iron wagon has been finished as B744647, in a well rusted condition. The only remaining paint being where some protection is offered by the internal bracing.

An internal view show rust patterning on the sloping steel floor.

The two late-style Dia 1/208 standard vans are being finished in an almost new condition for use in the early 1960s sequences on the layout. B777384 is shown after application of the works livery. It is hard to believe that BR continuously built vans to this basic pattern for more than a decade, yet only 10 years later they were being considered obsolete.

Intended for use in the same era is B954559, the Dia 1/507 late-style brake van, finished as it would have appeared when new.

The Dia 1/500 brake van, B950328, is shown ready for weathering to be applied. As the same grime colour is used for both weathering and underframe the latter remains unpainted at this stage. This model will operate mostly in the early 1970s era, and is marked accordingly.

A wagon type I have wanted on the layout for a while is the post-war 20T Class B oil tank, typical of secondary traffic flows in the 1960s. Bachmann have provided a nicely detailed model of this style of tank, but reference to photos and diagram books suggests that an 18’ tank length was most common. This has lead to a 4mm extension of the tank using 2mm black plastic sheet and epoxy putty.

Shell-BP No. 6340 is shown after basic painting and application of additional markings from the Fox Transfers sheet.

Another member of the three wagon string is 6401, with the fleet number relocated to the typical early 1960s position. Couplings and weathering will see these tanks ready to join the fleet.



The donor vehicle - a Triang Hornby Minix Vauxhall Viva HA. Here it’s been stripped down and had one door and the bonnet removed - an engine block of scrap plastic will lurk beneath…

The new bulkhead of 20 thou sheet.

Here we see the interior progressing with various wire gauges used to build up the burnt out seats. The engine has gained various lumps and bumps. All a bit abstract but hopefully it will give the impression of a long-derelict interior.

The body has been attacked with a soldering iron to show where the local youths have jumped on the roof. The seats are now done and some pipework added to the engine. One of the headlights has fallen out.

The first few coats of basic rust have been added and some gunk on the engine. The missing door frame broke off but will be added later.

A test fit of body and chassis balanced in its final resting place near the quay having been driven through a fence. They pinched the front wheel but left the flat rear in place.

Sat on the road where it made its last journey, the final body colour has been added over the rust - hopefully looking like a car that had been abandoned a few years before. The interior is burnt out but the fire was out before the exterior blistered too much.

And here it is where the joy-riders left it back in 1970. The last owner, in Swansea, moved up to a Victor once the insurance paid up.

With the vegetation nearly finished FCY 362C slowly returns to nature. The joy riders had tried to push it over the edge into the river but the brambles denied them.



This Heljan class 15 was acquired minus motor, so a replacement was fitted (purchased from Cambridge Custom Transfers) to good effect. The usual procedure was to send any finished projects to Greg for spray weathering, but recently the Eastwell compressor & airbrush is finally getting some use as I practice on this latest batch of rolling stock. 8201 is seen at Hornsey with a rake of mineral wagons conveying scrap metal.

The latest from DJ Models is this 060 saddle tank loco, which is posed on the branch line (and also in the background of the picture above), destined for use in the Eastwell Ironstone Company fleet. It is still 00 gauge and straight out of the box, so it will be interesting to see how easy the conversion to EM is.

Another project on the work bench is this Heljan class 16, which has had the cabside windows enlarged to suit D8407.

D8407 at Hornsey Road MPD. For further details of the conversion (on a special page of its own), please click here.

Next on the list is another class 24 from SLW. Having an affection for odd-ball locos, 5025 fitted the bill perfectly. After a visit to Derby Works for overhaul in 1970, the body of D5005 emerged with control & internal equipment more suited to its new number 5025 rather than one of the early batch. It retained the large radiator grill with its horizontal bar and additional small grill on this side.

5025 resting on shed in the company of D3312 & Warship D826 Jupiter, with an opportunity to see the other side of the loco. The latest plans have been sketched for a follow-up layout to Eastwell, but for now there's plenty of chances to capture my stock on Shenston Road or Hornsey Bdy.

It looks a more like Ealing Broadway with all this hydraulic activity! D1015 Western Champion and D1012 Western Firebrand in maroon (both Heljan) is joined by Hornsey regular D1033 Western Trooper (Dapol) nearest.

A good side view of D1015 Western Champion. This was originally a Shenston Road loco, the detailing and weathering having been carried out by Greg.



After spending some time around the steelworks, the ladle cars have been refreshed by adding to the dayglow orange and yellow paint over a Playdo base. Manufactured by Walthers, these wagons can be easily adapted to suit a British scene and adding slag and overspill to give that well used look.

A brace of molten iron torpedo wagons, again from Walthers and suitably Anglicised / detailed with a nice build up of slag featured.

British Steel Shenston - wagons 35 & 14.



Small areas of the layout have received some scenic detail work, the latest being the merchants house situated along Hornsey Road. This view shows the yard and its accumulation of scrap. The building and its yard are not yet fixed in position, allowing for removal when the time comes to finish the trackwork in the depot.

With all the testing (playing trains) going on, it became apparent that the lack of signals on the layout needed to be addressed, especially as the wiring and switches are already in place. 3-position 4-way rotary switches are used with continuous rotation through the aspects.

Something quick and easy has been assembled using LEDs and slightly modified Econ kits giving that extra play factor. They may well be in use for some time to come, so should warrant a bit of extra detail and identification.

Two 3-aspect colour light signals on the Down Lines. The catch point may one day be operational, but for now there are other more interesting things to be getting on with.

The tail end of a Finsbury Park allocated Cravens class 105 unit can be seen in platform 3 on a service to Hitchin, whilst a Stratford allocated Met' Cam' class 111 gets ready to depart platform 1 for Upminster. Detail and finishing work has recently been carried out around the station and on the platforms, and with the imminent arrival of the S&T department, the installation of signals should hopefully complete the scene.



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