Class 40 – D204 Modified and weathered

This Class 40 has been modified back to its 1958 condition as much as possible. The Bonnet hand rails have been removed and the nose side handrails have been removed, although this Loco later had them added. The air pipes on the buffer beam were also removed. I have to say that filling the small holes left by the handrails were a real pain. – in the end I made them bigger to achieve a smooth finish.

I carried out my modification to the pony wheels on the bogies to stop unnecessary derailment. If any one is interested in what I do – please contact me and I will post the details.

The Indicator discs have not been fixed to the nose so that various types of trains can be run – they will be attached with a very small piece of ‘Bluetack’.

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And the next Project is ———

When we finished exhibiting ‘Norfolk Coke and Tar Co.’ O gauge layout – rather than selling it, my Son John took it over as a home layout.

Well things move on, and after discussions we have decided to put it back on the circuit with a change of name and different stock. The layout was industrial steam, and it will remain steam, but it will become a London Underground Depot.  It will now be called ‘Grub Lane’.

Some minor changes will be needed for clearance purposes, lighting replaced and possibly a  small extension to the fiddle yard. Main motive power will be three Dapol 57XX LU Tanks along with a variety of LU/BR sixties rolling stock. It will move a bit more towards a shunting plank and slightly less of a stabling point.

This is a short cut to an exhibition layout – but a real change of direction – watch this space!