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.








Three Jinty’s BR Midland or are they?

There is no doubt about it that the dear old Jinty is as about as Midland as you can get, but by picking the right numbers you can pick Loco’s that spent long periods of time on other Regions of BR in the 50’s.

I find research a big part of this hobby and thoroughly enjoy it. Finding out all details of a certain Loco can be easy at times, but it can also be frustrating, after all we have to rely on info that is now over 70 years old, and there are conflicts. I try to confirm all info in at least two different books or internet info.

47480 (push-pull)

I had to renumber and letter this Loco as Dapol have not done a BR example yet – it ended up being a partial repaint, but it is something a bit different. This Loco along with a few other Push/Pull fitted Locos spent most of the 50’s on the Western Region, although it did return to the Midland Region in the late 50’s until withdrawn. This means with careful planning it can run on two different Regions on my Shed layout. It was based at  87K  while on the WR.


This Loco was an Eastern Region Loco during most of the 50’s being based on the old LTS line for a time, 33A mainly, but it also spent time at 35A,B and C as well as 34E. In the late 50’s it was transferred  back to the Midland Region. Again it can appear on my Shed layout on two different Regions.


This is a pure Scottish engine and spent all of the 50’s at 67A. Sadly this was also a quite early withdrawal, going in 1959.


I have three Loco, but I can run different eras or Regions. The Loco’s have just been weathered in my ‘return to weathering batch’  Two are Light Bodies (Dusting) and Medium Chassis, the other, the push -pull Loco is Medium overall.

One further little comment, most Sheds had a predominance of one type of Loco allocated, but at Exhibitions you regularly see 10 Loco’s or so, all different types – not really prototypical. With the likes of Dapol and other now producing reasonably priced Models in O Gauge, why not have a small batch of one type of Loco.














Two Bachmann Brass J94’s Weathered

These two Loco’s have very different stories.

68073 Small Coal Bunker.

This Loco was purchased about ten years ago and sat in its box for about four years before I plucked up enough courage to strip off its lacquer. This Loco came in a brass finish and needed dismantling and cleaning before spraying. I used a Badger ‘grit’ airbrush and spent a lot of time getting all lacquer off – a very dirty job.

It was then undercoated (2 layers) and top coated (2 layers). The transfers were mostly HMRS and Fox. It was then left in the box again until last week when the second J94 arrived after an Ebay purchase.

68023 Extended Coal Bunker

This Loco arrived last week in ‘new’ condition, pre-painted by Bachmann and ready for transfers, see previous post.


After doing the transfers on 68023, I retrieved 68073 from storage so that they could be weathered at the same time. I decided that I wanted a relatively light body weathering with the chassis just a bit dirtier. Both Loco’s are what I call ‘misted’ on the body.