Three Project Loco’s Finished

Well, I did it, all apart from weathering that is – and that will have to wait as I need to do some gardening! Oh and two grandchildren and the dog are here for a while.

I really enjoyed doing these Loco’s but I think doing three at once was a bit daunting – although working on one while the other two dried, did help maximise my time.

DJH Kit Built Britannia 70036 Boadicea


Bachmann Brass Class 24 – 97201




Bachmann Brass GWR Class 1361 – No 1363






Next Steps with Undercoated Loco’s

Here is a quick update on the three Loco’s that I undercoated. Much work has taken place and many hours used over the weekend. Here are the results:-

97201 (Class 24)





Ex GWR Class 1361




Britannia Class 70036 Boadicea






Well, that’s it so far. All need to be reunited with their chassis, Glazing added and coal added to the steam loco’s .  All will be weathered at a later date, and I will post some photo’s when totally finished.



Undercoating Session

Here are three Loco’s all with different stories.


I purchased this Loco, which is a very well made DJH kit about four years ago. The kit was finished apart from needing painting. Sadly the person that built it died before he could completely finish the kit.

After sitting in its box for a long time the brass and white metal was in a bit of a state. Before  any thought of undercoating I spent an afternoon cleaning everything with a gentle cream cleaner, followed by a full rinse at least three times and finally a wipe down with a white spirit coated rag and cotton buds to get into difficult places. It was then left to dry for 24 hours before undercoating. I always do two light coats rather than one (or two) medium coats, this avoids filling in fine detail. I leave it at least 12 hours between coatings






This loco will become 70036 Boadicea


Although I have called this a Class 24 in fact it will be a Class 97!!! This Loco is owned by Graham and is a Bachmann Brassworks. Although these are not the most accurate model of the Class 24, for the price Graham paid – it was a bargain. When he purchased the Loco it appeared that some of the varnish coating had been removed, but to ensure all the varnish had been removed, I got out my Badger Grit Gun! What a dirty Job this is, but totally necessary to get a good bedding for the undercoat. After the Grit had done its job I again rinsed the Loco at least three times before doing the white spirit cleaning again.




This Loco will be Class 97 (Ex 24)  EXPERIMENT


This is another Bachmann Brass (San Cheng) offering. By this time the quality had improved and the model accuracy was very good indeed. Unlike the Class 24 there was virtually no tarnishing of the brass, this I guessed was because the varnish was totally intact. Out came the grit gun again and after that the rinses and the white spirit treatment – Thankfully when I purchased this Loco it came with a Chassis that was Factory painted – this has certainly saved a lot of time.




This Loco will become no 1363.


TWO light coats better than one med or heavy – take you time – all the above achieved without a single paint run,

I make my own undercoat – Humbrol Matt White  +  a touch of Matt Black. Depending on the top colour it can dictate how dark or light it needs to be. Undercoat colour can and does affect the final finish/colour.

WW1 SM32 Tank Wagon – Camouflaged

This wagon was made by Graham and painted by myself. It is not quite finished as we have no transfers for it, we hope to get them this weekend at the Bressingham Garden Railway Show. It will also be weathered after transfer application.

I must admit I took this wagon on as a challenge. When it arrived I did a plan on how I would go about it, including what paint I would use and the order I would do the painting. I also had been given a photograph of the prototype that has recently been restored.

After undercoating, I sprayed the chassis and bogies Battleship Grey. The colours were then added to the tank, sand colour first, then green (as Tin Turtle colour) and then the red oxide. The edging was added after all paint had 24 hours to dry. The Black lining was done with a ‘Black Permanent Marker’, as near scale as I could get. Oh yes, and a very steady hand !






Grub Lane – O Gauge Layout

Grub Lane used to be our Industrial Engine Shed Layout ‘Norfolk Coke and Tar Co.’ It was withdrawn from the Exhibition Circuit in 2016 and sold to my Son John.

It has been returned to me for refurbishment, name change and a lengthened fiddle yard. I have managed to do all of this today apart from getting the letters for the name.

This layout is proof that everybody has room for a O Gauge layout using small tank engines and short wheelbase stock. Even with the 5″ extension it is still just under 5′.

It is now available for Exhibition bookings.



New Book on Tivetshall -Beccles Line

As a famous TV program once said – ‘and now for something completely different’.

Yesterday I purchased this book from Bob Pearman Books as it was local to me and I worked for 30 years near the original route of this line ‘ The Waveney Valley Railway’.

This is truly a magnificent Book by Peter Paye a truly excellent researcher. On arriving home I had a quick glance through the book and in the section on ‘bridges’ I remembered something! About 20 years ago I purchased a bridge plate for £5 that was supposedly from the Waveney Valley line. Having no way of researching at the time it has just been moved around various Sheds, getting dirtier and covered in cobwebs.

In fact I never knew whether the number was 1191 or 1611. It turns out to be 1191 and was on a bridge between Bungay and Ditchingham. Mystery solved at last thanks to this very informative book. By the way the plate is still in very weathered GE Livery.






Scratch/Kit Built O Gauge ‘Black 5’

I saw this loco for sale recently and although I do not model BR (M). They were regular visitors to East Anglia and it would give me something a bit different.

I won’t lie, I had to sell 17 various OO loco’s to get this one loco – was it worth it? A resounding ‘yes’. The move from OO to O continues – more sales via Ebay soon!

The owner who I purchased it from thought it was virtually all scratch built and the attention to detail is fantastic. I may change the number and remove some of the weathering – but that can wait.

The Wheels, Motor and Gearbox are certainly to a high specification.