Loco numbering/re-numbering.

I have several recently purchased Loco’s that required some numbering/renumbering. Having still not made my mind up as to what layout I will produce next, I thought I would catch up with steam locos.

The Locos are posed on ‘Mission Road’.

I used HMRS for the numbers and Fox for all the little add-ons etc. All have received a coat of varnish ready for weathering later.

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Bachmann Brass J94 High Bunker

Another purchase from the big ‘Auction Site’ in the sky! This time it is a Bachmann Brass J94 with the High Bunker. I have a similar standard J94 with the smaller bunker and always thought that the other option would be nice. I never thought that this long after production ceased I would get one classed as ‘new’. This Loco was purchased and stored for a project that never happened by it’s previous owner.  Being a ready painted variety also helped me make a decision to ‘go for ‘it’.

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I love smaller O Gauge Loco’s for use with smallish layouts.

Latest Arrival – F5 2-4-2T

This falls into the ‘could not resist’ category. I purchased this Loco off that famous auction website and very good it is. The construction of this Connoisseur Kit is excellent and even although the paintwork is only relatively good, it will not be a problem as I will repaint it into BR black livery.

It will be numbered as a local, East Anglian engine, if possible as one that run on the Waveney Valley Line.

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OO Layout – 2nd Traverser Finished

Well, that’s the second traverser completely finished and tested. I now have a 21′ Layout, 12 foot scenic (2 X 6′) and 9 foot, the two traversers ( 2 x 4′ 6″). I think I have achieved all my aims, a railway running through countryside with no points on the scenic sections. I will do a further post when all the parts are put together and tested overall. I will also do a separate post on the colour light signalling.

I have also changed the name of the layout a little – it is now ‘Osier Fen’.

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OO – Layout – Second Traverser

After a few days of dodging the rain, I have managed to make the second traverser, added an extension similar to the first traverser and corked the surface.

I have managed to squeeze the layout into the garage and attached it to the second scenic board. I will now add the track, do the wiring and finally do the electrical joiners.

Like the first traverser, the second will have seven tracks with the three longest split into two with isolating switches..

This will give me a total of 20 possible made up trains over the two traversers although it will be filled with only 18 trains maximum. In theory a train can be stored on the scenic sections while a space is made in a traverser.

 

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These traversers will be used on other layouts at a later date.

OO layout – Board 2 – finished

Well, I think we are 99% there after a busy day yesterday. The Gorse Bushes turned up and although a bit small and neat, they looked good once planted. I have now added about ten people about the Common area, they certainly help make things more believable.

Board 1 is already finished and the first traverser is also complete. They may need a little bit of blending between the two scenic boards when erected and that’s it.

The next task is to make the second traverser and lay the track.

What an enjoyable project during these sad times, and using up lots of stock items and pre-used bits and pieces really was worthwhile.

I will not test at the moment but wait until the second traverser is finished.

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OO Layout – Board 2 nearly finished.

A very busy two days working on Osier Common. I would say the second baseboard is now 85% finished.

The Ponds have been enhanced and footpaths on both sides of the tracks have been added. Several trees have been added including two Willows, Osier is a type of Willow, hence the name of the layout. I am waiting for about twenty Gorse Bushes to go on the embankments and around the pond. I will also add several figures walking, hiking, fishing and drawing.

I think I am beginning to see my main reason for making this layout coming to fruition – running trains through countryside.

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