Another Era for Morlock Heath

Our usual running era for Morlock Heath is about 1987-90, but over the last few weeks Graham, Shaun and myself have been looking into the possibilities of running another era for the engineers yard. After discussing various options we have picked an earlier era, basically about 1969-74,  pre tops but after Steam and diesel ‘D’ numbers had ceased.

The main reason for this decision was that we all have or are getting stock for this era. Shaun and Graham will supply the motive power and we will all contribute towards rolling stock. Below are pictures of my contribution to the stock.

We are going to run this new era at the Dereham Model Railway Exhibition on Feb 24th 2018.  Come along and have a chat.

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O Gauge Class 20’s

I had a new centre headcode Class 20 on order since they were announced. It arrived about a fortnight  ago and I have to say it is excellent. Here is a batch of four 20’s, one for my son, one for Shaun and two for myself. My two includes a Disc headcode model I purchased over a year ago.

All loco’s are numbered and had shadow added to all crevices and grills – full weathering will take place when the weather is a bit better to spray in the garage. All the below have been thoroughly researched and prototype photo’s seen.

20138 Railfreight Livery

This is a Scottish Loco based on 1988. It is fitted with a RETB aerial which was rare for Class 20’s, only three being fitted. This Loco will run on both Morlock Heath and my sons Depot layout Ashwell Moor. This is my Sons Loco.

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8306 Blue – circa 1968-74

This is Shaun’s Loco and will run on his home Parcels Depot Layout, as well as being a guest Loco on Morlock Heath when running an earlier era we are trying to put together.

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D8057 – 1968

Believe it or not, this is a class 20 based at Stratford. Four were tried for about 18 months as Liverpool Street pilots and light duties. The 20’s were supposed to take over from the Class 15’s in the long-term, this did not happen!

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D8175 – 1967-69

This is a Midland Engine and is in as delivered condition apart from receiving  full yellow ends.

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A mix of HMRS and Fox Transfers used on all Loco’s. I will do another post when they are weathered.