O Gauge Class 37- Stratford’s 37263

This 37 is for a friend in Australia who remembers the Class 37’s on the Great Eastern Region of BR in the late 70’s – Early 80’s, just before many moved to Scotland.

The Loco is one of Heljan’s latest centre head code models, although several modifications were necessary to bring it into the timescale required for this loco.

All transfers were purchased, which included new marker dots for the head code and numbers and overhead warning flashes.

A banger plate for above the screw couplings was fashioned out of plastic card and fitted, the original pair of holders above the centre head code were removed. A new centre lamp bracket was made from brass and fitted. The whole area around the removed holders and the new lamp bracket was masked and re-sprayed.

A quite heavy weathering was required so I researched Class 37’s around the chosen period. They did become very grimy, very quickly, although the sides and yellow ends did seem to get a token cleaning, I have tried to portray a loco in this condition.