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JANUARY 2018 UPDATE  

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KIER HARDY      


Brush type 4 number 1510 is ready for top link service on the East Coast main line, seen here ready to leave the depot. It's interesting
to note that after overhaul and repaint at Crewe in the late 1960s, the data panel which had previously been located on the cabside, had
moved to the bodyside under the number by the early 1970s. Being ETH fitted, it will be useful for hauling a rake of mk2D coaches
which were new into service in 1971.


1510 - a Heljan class 47 came into the workshops a couple of years ago, (as ex-Oldshaw 47001). Out went the Clayton boiler and
in came the Spanner, courtesy of an ex-vacuum braked scrap bodyshell.


The Hornsey locomotive fleet has been further bolstered by the transfer of 3 Bachmann class 37s from Shenston Road. Here 6999, a
Canton allocated example heads south with a rake of Carflats, which are also new into service here at The Broadway.


The 4 Carflats are now finished and I've resisted the temptation to load them with vehicles for the moment, instead securing the chocks with
PVA glue for ease of future removal if required. For the record, they have been fitted with Bachmann LMS bogies and 14mm wheelsets. The
chocks could be found neatly stowed all together at one end of the Carflat, placed as shown here (dependant on the last traffic use), or just
spread all over the place making it difficult to drive anything along the deck!


English Electric type 3 number 6890 is another of the 3 Bachmann models to be recently transferred, and although a Canton allocated loco,
it will retain its identity for use on inter-regional freights.


The last of the trio of class 37s is 6728, a March allocated split box example. I had hoped to get a close up shot of it this month, but instead
just caught a glimpse of it heading north with a tank train from Ripple Lane.


Whilst in Market Street waiting for a train to take me back to Kings Cross, I stumbled across this used car lot, the site having just been
occupied by a local trader, and no doubt awaiting signage to promote his business.


A view looking back towards the station, showing the remaining pre-fabricated buildings which are host to several local merchants. These
snapshots of the locale highlight certain aspects - the vegetation has got out of hand and needs the council to come around and tidy things up.


The layout detailing work continues, with the addition of street signs having been made and planted recently.


BR Sulzer type 2 number 5193 is seen here waiting at the signal for the road ahead. This is the latest addition to Paul James 'Eastwell fleet'.
It's a double motored Hornby class 25, recently renumbered to a pre-TOPS example from a photograph dated early 1970s. The numerals at
each end are of a different font on this side of the loco.

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STEVE HARROD      


I have started work on Warship class D847 Strongbow, the original 842 numbers and BR arrow being easily removed using Model Strip, new
numbers and BR arrow were used from a HMRS pressfix sheet and the data panel is from an old Fox transfers sheet I had lying around.
Using photographs of D847 from 1971 I could ascertain that on one side Strongbow had received body swipe damage and on the other side
there was damage to the nose cone on the drivers side and also great chunks of prestolith had dropped off from the body side leaving the
exposed steel skin to rust. The other prestolith patches have had some attempt by depot staff to paint over the patches to protect the
bodyside. I used a pointed chisel to create depth for where the prestolith had dropped off by slightly digging into the bodyside.


The same pointed chisel was also used to scribe the 2 horizontal bodyside swipe lines into the side, these 2 lines were then painted in a
slightly lighter BR blue, I have also added the rectangular shed code sticker this has come from Railtec transfers. At the recent Cheltenham
model show I managed to get more work completed on the traverser, these being to scratch build the 2 lights and the power pick up post,
which has isolators on and need the wiping arms added so as to pick up the power from the 415v overhead catenary. The safety rails have
now been added which has really brought the traverser to life.


I have purchased from Modelu some of their 4mm drivers which are currently being painted as can be seen in this image they have been
primed ready, in the background can be seen some steam pipes, the ones to the left are the original Bachmann ones which I like - the steam
valve however, I find the pipe a little undernourished, so to the right I have removed the pipe itself and added some guitar wire to make it more
substantial. I have also added an isolating handle, and the connecting coupling parts at the base of the pipe.

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PETE JOHNSON      


The mechanism for the Class 05 has been completed and performed well during test runs.


The low-roof Class 05 is pictured with the chassis fitted and the addition of air cylinder details in progress.


The January edition of Railway Modeller included an article looking at the wagon fleet of the layout, illustrated with some excellent
pictures taken by Craig Tiley.


The Class 04 swop body has forged ahead with use in an extended Southampton 1959-1967 sequence during the Canterbury show
(January 20th/21st) in mind. The pale grey plastic saved the use of any undercoat before the black stripes were applied to both ends.


The pale grey wasn’t so helpful for the rail blue paint however!…..the appearance after the first coat is shown. Memory suggests the Humbrol
Authentics version of this colour, back in the 1980s, had far better covering power….


After a second overall coat, and then some local touching in, the blue finally got the better of the grey…..a darker undercoat would have been
a better approach. D2294 may have been amongst the first Class 04s to receive blue to judge by the block style numbering. Not many ever
were blue, and most of these few were SR allocations.Some light weathering, to suit a recent repaint, will see the model finished.


Also recently completed with Canterbury in mind is Class 33 ‘D6505’. The SR were unusually slow to apply yellow panels to many of their
diesel fleet. Photographs suggest D6505 remained all green until the late summer of 1967 –
roughly the same time that D2294 would have been being turned out in blue.

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