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 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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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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O Gauge Project Mercury Wagon ZDW

This wagon was made by Graham using a brass kit with ‘poppy’s wood inserts’ The painting has just been completed by myself.

We were both looking for something a bit out of the ordinary to use on our Morlock Heath Engineers layout and this certainly filled the bill.

I will weather it if Graham requires it done, but I have failed to find a really dirty photo of one as they seemed to have been well looked after in their short life in this livery. I will post further photo’s if it is weathered.

I added a ‘Air through Pipe’ as this wagon could be run in Vacuum and Air Braked rakes.

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O Gauge Loco’s for Les Williams

Les is a very old friend and he paid a visit on Sunday. I have known Les for over 20 years now and he is an absolute delight to ‘talk trains’ with.

Les has recently purchased some loco’s and I agreed to help him number and weather them. The below photo’s were taken by Les when he arrived home.

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Oh and one Van

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I HAVE TO SAY——–Nice wallpaper Les!!!!!!!