SM32 Loco and Wagons

Over the last few days I have been painting and weathering stock for Graham – all were made by him and I just finished them off.

Stock for a potential new layout – possibly a sand and gravel option.


This Loco has been painted and weathered without the chassis due to wheel issues.


These are a selection of hoppers, flat and bolster wagons – all short wheelbase.

And finally —- the 4000 yards Hospital Wagon is now weathered.

This was a very complicated project, but I am happy with the result – I hope Graham is!

4000 yards at N & S N G Ex.

Our first Exhibition of 2020 was at the Norfolk & Suffolk Narrow Gauge Exhibition at Beccles. This turned out to be an excellent Exhibition with record attendance and a very high class of layouts.

Although I am not particularly a Narrow Gauge Fan – this Exhibition certainly got our group thinking and at our debrief at ‘Maccie D’s’ on the way home – there was a lot of enthusiasm to build another group narrow gauge layout.

We took our latest wagon to the Exhibition although not quite finished and weathered – the Hospital Wagon got some very good comments. Below are some excellent photos taken by Shaun. Group photo by my wife – thanks both.

Finishing off recent projects for Graham

Over the last fortnight I have made a concerted effort to finish Grahams projects for him. The wagons were made by him, as was the WW1 tank wagon and tractor unit. The Class 24 was a factory made, but in plain brass and the 05 Shunter is a Heljan offering with  changed owners logo’s.  Photographs of the process are on this site – from undercoat to this page – finished.

Class 05 – O Gauge

WW1 Tractor Unit in SM32

WW1 Tank Wagon – SM32

LMS/LNER Iron Ore Wagon (BR) – O gauge

Class 24 (97201) – O Gauge

WW1 Hopper – SM32


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 !


4000 Yards -Area 5 at Bressingham Narrow Gauge Exhibition 2019.

A very pleasant day at Bressingham on Saturday June 1st. Lots of very kind words about the layout and five further invites to Exhibitions – thanks everyone.

Here are some photo’s taken on the day by Shaun.

If you missed us – we will be back at Bressingham in August for their Garden Railway Show.