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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mid Suffolk Light Railway – might have been?

This was an O gauge kit built loco that arrived with me in undercoat with the instruction to make it look like a MSLR loco. This type of Loco never ran on ‘The Middy’ so it fell into the what might have been category.

After some reasearch and advise, I formed a plan to mix up the paint colour and purchase some transfers in the correct typeface. This achieved I jumped into the unknown! Here are the results, the loco is numbered ‘4’ as the actual loco’s were 1 – 3 and so logically any additional loco would have been 4 in theory!

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This Loco was built to a reasonable standard but was not always ‘square’. There was also a couple of missing pieces I had to replace. Overall not to bad – a good exercise in imagination!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

O Gauge updating from LMS to Early BR

Here we have two items of rolling stock that needed updating, one Loco and one Van.

Firstly the Van, when removing the LMS lettering some transfers came away taking the original paint work as well! I look on accidents like this as an opportunity to do something a bit different. I masked the area that needed treating and mixed up a grey that was near, but a little darker, and hand painted it on. When dry I painted on a supposed ‘new’ plank. To add further interest I also added an advertising/contents sticker for ‘Spratts Oval Mixture’, Dog food I think. I tried to add the black backing transfers for the numbers, but sadly they were old water slide and disintegrated as I applied them, I painted the said panels on and added the numbers required.  I tried a few new ways on the weathering side, I emphasised the slats under the contents sticker and also used a browny – rusty coloured permanent marker to highlight a few rivet heads.

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Now to the Loco, and what a loco, a massive O-6-O. I don’t know much about the loco, other than it was a Wolverton Works Depot shunter.

The change from LMS to BR early was very straight forward and after changing the logo’s, it was varnished and then blended by weathering the changed area.

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Update on Multi Purpose Plank

Well, to start with, it is no longer a O Gauge Plank – it is now multi gauge with OO gauge track, magnet and ‘spratt’ height gauge added.

Although I have moved more towards O gauge, I still have some OO stock left and due to rising costs I may well use the OO as a fall back.

The only thing I need to purchase for the plank is a set of OO rolling roads.

I have Glued the original O Gauge rolling road Box to the Plank and will do the same with any new OO rolling road.

Finally, yes there is room for a N Gauge Track, if put under pressure by my son.

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O Gauge stock weathering for Colin & John.

Here are some bits and pieces I have had a while now and only just got around to doing.

Dapol Wagons

I will say it again – if using wash and wipe to start the weathering process, then all printed detail must be varnished first and left to dry for 48 hours plus. Sadly the tampo printed details will disintegrate if not varnished.

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Nondescript Coach

I think I was given this as a challenge! It was painted Brown on one side and Brown and Cream on the other! The roof was off and some interior fittings were loose. But the worst thing was that the Glazing was superglued in, apart from one bit that had fallen out! What made it worse was that the glazing was misty and had paint over it. Well after re-assembling and hand painting the sides – this is the result.

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And Finally a re-livery and re-weathering of a Pug from LMS to BR.

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