TYPE 2 MAIN LINE LOCOMOTIVES (Class 26 to Class 31)
The finished 26 023, lightly weathered in a mid-70s condition. The cabside tablet catcher recess on this type caused early TOPS renumbering to be carried at the non-standard right-hand end of the loco.
From a mid-sixties period, here is Class 26 D5328.
Although Class 26 ‘D5331’ began as a swop-body project because the jumper cable between the nose end and underframe made swapping bodyshells difficult. A good offer price on a new Heljan 26 solved the problem by providing D5331 with a mechanism. The loco is being modelled in 1969/70 condition, before the yellow was extended to the cabside window framing and snowploughs, and just a bit of weathering will see it finished.
.... as seen from above at Villier Street.
Class 26 by Paul James.
Canada Road - The finished mid-70s era 27 027. This, and several other locos of the era, carried TOPS numbers applied in the pre-TOPS block style characters. Some ScR locos, including 06 008, even carried markings featuring a mix of both character styles within the same running number!
class 27 - 5380 at Shenston Road.
class 27 - 5409 at Shenston Road.
Class 27 'D5410' in typical neglected sixties condition. Originally used on the London Midland region, this loco retained this livery into 1968/69 after transfer to Scotland.
North British Class 29 6112 in 1968/69 livery. An odd choice by Hornby for a r-t-r model given the limited range and working life of the prototypes. The bodyshell has a good basic shape, but needs quite a lot of work on windows and detailing to capture the character of the original.
A North British built class 29 - a modified and detailed Hornby class 29 by Trevor Hale.
Brush Class 30 D5500 in original livery. When first introduced these locos had a steam-era approach of numbers on both cabsides at the 'A' end only, quite quickly this was replaced by numbers at all four corners, before becoming numbers at opposite corners during the TOPS era. The Mirlees engined Class 30s were all later modified to Class 31 by re-engining. The model is a modified Airfix bodyshell on a Lima chassis, and is in 1960/61 livery.
31117 at Shenston Road.
5557 at Shenston Road.
Brush Class 31 D5683 in 1969 appearance. Based on the Lima model, the main re-work has been to enlarge the headcode display slightly...then it is the usual handrail and lamp bracket work in brass, and the glazing....26 pieces to cut and fit - groan! - but worth it in the end.
5809 at Shenston Road.
5809 at Shenston Road.
5820 at Hornsey Road Depot.
Paul James' class 31.
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