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The protracted build of the two North British 0-4-0s has seen a little more progress, with painting of the running plate and below completed.

The North British locos were a little unusual in having the buffer beams edges lined out. A bit of careful work with a fine brush has attempted to reproduce this livery feature on the models.

A project that I have had in mind to do for a while has finally been started – some more finescale versions of the 35T BRT Grain Hopper. Comparison of the Bachmann model with the BR diagram and photos of the early style wagon, show it to be about 3mm under-length, mostly taken from near the ends. The models have been stripped down and had the ends cut away with a razor saw to allow the length to be increased.

A detail view showing the (black) plastic additions bonded to the end of the hopper tub.

With the glue completely dried, the added plastic is smoothed to the profile of the tub.

With the ends refitted the hopper tub becomes scale length. The repositioned side stanchions near the ends have still to be fitted, and the roof has been smoothed ready for etched walkways to be added.

The Lima model of the later BRT hopper style is good for length, but suffers from inaccurate rendering of the poster boards. To correct this, the centre section has been cut out and replaced with 1.5mm plastic, the central stanchion has then been added.

A project on behalf of Steve of the Canada Street operating team is this Bachmann Class 25/3. The rainstrip arch over the windscreens of the Bachmann model has always looked a little shallow to my eye, so as this view shows, these have been rebuilt using fine strips of 0.12mm plastic. The centre of the arch has been raised about 0.5mm, which may not seem much, but visually makes quite a difference. The framing rebate around the centre windscreen has also been extended upwards by a similar amount.

The re-worked model is shown renumbered and ready for weathering. Removing 0.5mm from across the base of the nose end also helps the proportions, and it is perhaps puzzling that Bachmann has never re-tooled these features of the model.

‘Canada Street’ is due to appear at the Stevenage exhibition in mid-January. It has also recently featured in Volume 251 of the Model Railway Journal…..



The Hornby Gresley buffet car featured last month has now entered service after its modifications. Built at York in 1937, these vehicles lasted well into the mid 1970s.

As well as the reconfiguration of the bodyside, other work incorporated changes to the roof ventilators, moving the emergency communication gear to the correct end of the coach, and the fitting of curtains to the seating bay windows.

Brush 4 number D1100 heads north with the 1B66 Cambridge Buffet service, comprising SO, SO, FK, RB, BSK, SO, SO. This formation was a common sight in the late '60s / early '70s.

Visiting stock this month courtesy of Mr James - a Peckett 0-4-0 saddle tank loco.

Conversion to EM gauge requires the repositioning of the outside cylinders, a bit of lathe work for the wheels, and making sure there's a good supply of fibre washers by the look of things.

Fast-forward to the latter part of the 20th century sees an EW&S liveried class 60 number 60010 passing through on a power station coal train.



The start of the process - two 80 thou pieces welded together and scribed with an Olfa Cutter.

The site for the middle gates, these are under the rail bridge to the lower level so they’ll be partially hidden in the gloom.

The last gates before the river. These are the only ones to include a gate paddle (the hole at the bottom). The start of the wood effect was done with the trusty Olfa.

A test fit for the almost completed gate with some more detail still to go.

The first gate primed. The gate paddle mechanism stops at the water level on this side - in reality it continued down to the paddle.

The front of that same gate ready for painting.

Painted and test fitted to line up the seaweed!

The final piece ready to install, suitably weathered.

The next gate along. This lock uses ground paddles only so has no gear fitted to the gates.



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