This is the last item in my recent batch of O Gauge Wagons. This was made by Graham and painted and weathered by myself. The windows are still to be added and then the roof attached.
This is a small batch of wagons I have weathered for the mid 70’s era. The two Bauxite wagons are the ones made by Graham and the open is for our mate Colin.
5 Plank open
Here are three Ministry tanks made by Dapol and weathered to various standards. Both Type A and Type B are represented. This is the third batch I have done and they will run in dedicated trains.
The TTA’s made by Graham and painted by myself are now weathered. These are Skytrex examples. They are light to medium weathered with heavy ‘spills’.
Here we have three Dapol Turbots in O Gauge that I have weathered for the Morlock Heath Layout.
I have weathered these wagons to a light – medium level. After a lot of research I realised just how bad these wagons had become when in service with BR. As well as being used as ballast carriers they also seemed to be widely used for spoils and any junk they could carry. Sides became deformed and very rusty with paintwork almost non existing. So these wagons I have done would probably be medium to heavy on any other wagon. These were vacuum braked wagons in an air braked world and were expendable before withdrawal.
Please note, I researched the interiors of these wagons as well as the outsides.
Here are five O Gauge wagons all made by Graham and painted by myself. They still need a few small adjustments and of course are on the weathering list!
Firstly two TTA Tank wagons as running in the mid 80’s. These are Skytrex Kits with Peartree wheels.
Next we have two wagons from the late 60’s – early 70’s. The first one is another Skytrex Kit and is a Lowmac ‘E’. The second is a Slaters Kit of a Vanwide, later to become a VEV. Both are finished in Late Bauxite.
Lastly we have a PMV in BR Blue from the Mid 70’s until the Early 80’s. This is a Slaters Model and still needs the windows added as well as the roof fettled.
I really had no intention of buying this Loco until a Box Shifter offered it at a very reduced price. There was no need for very much research as this Loco has been researched a lot, mainly about its colour, was this unusual colour used by mistake, a variable undercoat gone wrong or as policy by the Western Region, I think the jury is still out with no definitive answer.
The Heljan O Gauge variety states on the box ‘Cromatic Blue’ , as opposed to ‘Rail Blue’ . I have added Fox Nameplates and Number Plates. I have also started to weather the loco with the grills having a wash of matt black applied by brush . For further weathering it will again go on the pile that awaits finishing.
The transformation of my newly purchased Y8 is just about complete. What was a LNER engine is now a BR Departmental Loco, in fact it is now as the Doncaster Works shunter between 1952 and 1956.
Work carried out was adding the Vacuum brake piping, re-lettering after a partial repaint. There is still a little work to be done with regards to the safety valves, I need to purchase the Ross Poppet system. I have added coal to the tiny hopper with a little spillage on the tank.
I will add a crew later and give it a very light weathering.
I really like this little Loco – one of my favourites of all time.
After backdating D6753 I started on the second Class 37 purchased from the latest batch released by Heljan. This time it was an overall green variety with full yellow ends. Again I researched all possible locos that fitted what I required, I came up with D6749, a loco that came to East Anglia about the same time as it received this interim livery.
There was no need to backdate the head codes this time as they already had the correct type, so just a case of numbering and adding detail parts.
This Loco will now join the list of Loco’s to be varnished and then weathered.
I purchased a Blue Split Head Code Class 37 by Heljan. This Loco had Black Head Codes with white marker dots, I therefore had to backdate it for my era of 1967-68.
After some research I decided I would make the Loco D6753, this was a bit different to most early blue 37’s. It had the new BR Logo on each cab side with the number above as opposed to having one on the bodyside.
After carefully removing the bodyside logo all new transfers were added, this included adding new head code numbers and letters.
All add-on accessories were painted and added. The Loco is still to be varnished and weathered, but this is on a large ‘to be done’ list.
It was nice to do something a bit different and by this time it was a local (to me) Engine being based at Ipswich.