Class 20/3 pair weathered

Had a visit today from Barry Aldous (Bazza), we had not met up since September 2019, when he helped us operate a couple of layouts at an Exhibition.

We had lots to talk about and time went by so quickly. Before he went I weathered a pair of OO Bachmann Class 20/3 Locos that Barry intends to run on both RHTT and Flask trains on his Layout.

They are weathered to a light to medium standard.

Footplate Crew – Jury is out!

Over the years I have added crews to some Steam Loco’s, although it was not a policy I had set in stone.

After buying some cast Railway Staff and some 3D printed ones, I duly painted them and tried a few in some recently weathered Loco’s.






With trains on the move, it is great – still not convinced about having several Loco’s stabled on Shed all populated.

I still have several crews already painted so will post some further samples later.




Departmental Sentinals Weathered

The weathering on the three new Dapol Sentinals is now complete. All will have a crew added later, I am painting them at present, I am also researching whether they carried lamps – if so, what code were they.

The Y1 No. 37 and Y3 No. 38 were both Lowestoft allocated Loco’s, they appear to have worked at the ‘sleeper depot’, in the main goods yard and on the Harbour Works Trains.

The third Loco is Y1 No.4, this was allocated to  Ranskill Wagon Works near Doncaster.

Whether they all ever met is doubtful, but they certainly will on my Mission Road Layout.












Sentinal makeover finished

I have now finished turning the LMS Sentinal into a Lowestoft Class Y3. It is still to be weathered but is essentially finished. The transfers were excellent and worked well, I also added real coal to the bunkers.

While I was finishing the Ex LMS Sentinal, I decided to have another look at my Y1. It was originally as delivered as number 39, after a bit of research I decided to change it to number 37, this gave me a second Lowestoft Loco.

Y3 – No 38.



Y1 – No. 37.



Y1 & Y3 together.




Note the different types of lettering due to the Y3 having side grills, the Y1 has none.

I will post a final few photos when weathered.

Sentinal Make Over

I took advantage of Hattons O Gauge Sale and purchased another Dapol Sentinal for £130, which I thought was a bargain.

This will be a total change of identity and region, and will become a Civil Engineers Loco. I have done a little research and two loco’s match my requirements for a Lowestoft loco, a bit more research still needed.

I have already taken off the vacuum pipework, the next steps will be to remove the LMS and numbers and repaint as necessary. I will also paint the buffer beams red, as they should be.

I have purchased some ‘Old Time Workshop’ suitable transfers that will give both options for my chosen loco.

Updates as I proceed.






Different Weathering Methods – Steam

Today has been extremely hot and Airbrushing was just about out of the question. I was looking through some photos of steam engines, especially weathering on the connecting rods and the motion.

I started to have a look through my enamel paints and see if any colours could replicate the weathering I was seeing. I found a Railmatch Jar marked up ‘oily steel’ and thought that it was worth a try.

I picked a Jinty and a J94 to try the new method on. I will add that I used to just leave the overspray on the connecting rods etc. They looked OK but did not stand scrutiny based on the photos I looked at.

Here are the results – I think its an improvement.






Class 33 – weathering – next attempt

I have certainly spent a lot of time on this Loco and truth be told it has drained my confidence a bit. Anyway I masked the roof and the chassis/bogies off and loaded the Airbrush up with ‘true’ BR Blue not that horrible faded stuff. I then sprayed over the light blue that was not covered by weathering, I think I should have done this earlier rather than try and weather it away, but we all have to learn the hard way. After spraying the real BR Blue I cleaned all bits of overspray away.

Well here you are a few photos, am I happy, probably not, but it is certainly better than it was.

The first photo is a ‘before’ and the next four are ‘after’.









Heljan Class 33 Weathering !

I think the title is a bit misleading, it is more a re-weathering. I purchased a factory weathered Loco that was going to be the base model for a Loco that was always one of my favorites. The re-numbering certainly was not easy due to being already weathered. I have to say that the factory weathering was about what I expected and left a lot to be desired, I was especially a bit doubtful about the ‘faded blue’ as it was just too perfect and even.

I decided to have a go at re-weathering it over the top of the original factory weathering. Special attention would be given to the Roof and Exhaust, and the Bogies which were a one colour splurge.

I have tried to make the colours more variable across the Loco and tried to dull down most of the Blue with misting and wash and wipe. I don’t think the prototype was ever as dirty as this but needs must!

Well here are the results, I feel it is an improvement, but I am still likely to have another attempt later.