I have just managed to finish painting the latest SM32 stock for the Garden Railway Show tomorrow. Although they are painted, I will not have time to varnish or weather them, but at least they will be there.
At last I have finished 50008 into its 2021 running condition. The Hanson and Hall transfers are from Railtec and very nice they are. I will eventually give it a light weathering, but that will have to wait a while. Maybe not for the purist but it gives me a chance to run a 50 in my 2018-2022 era.
This Loco is now finished as it was running in the mid 80’s. Overall this is a light to medium application and it certainly makes the loco more realistic.
This is my last Loco of the current batch, it is destined for my Mate in Australia. 37403 Isle of Mull is modelled as newly converted into a 37/4 in 1985.
This was a bit of a challenge as this loco was converted from an ex Western Region loco and retained its regional lamp irons. Adding them was not the problem – finding some was! I eventually tracked some down and duly purchased them.
The nameplates are Fox and the transfers are a mixture of Fox and Railtec.
This Loco will have a medium weathering, more photos later.
This is Thunderer updated to as running for ‘Hanson and Hall’ as a heritage Locomotive. It has been used to transport various items of rolling stock around the country, that included a visit to East Anglia. It is still running now in this condition albeit with some of the owners stickers on the bodysides.
If any transfer makers ever do the ‘Hansen and Hall’ decals then I would add them, but it did run in 2018-19 without them.
The upgrade consisted of changing the O/H warning stickers to the current type, adding kicker plates strips below the doors and painting the lamp irons white. The Loco now appears to be air braked only, but I have not removed the vacuum pipes so that I could move it backwards to the early 90’s if required.
The nameplates are from Proto Neo and the transfers are from Railtec.
Another update on a loco that has now been finished, 37057. I have done some more work on the bogies, adding axle box detail. I have also done more work on the roof, blanking off the now redundant steam boiler port.
I have again done quite a bit of research on whether this loco retains vacuum pipes, again as 37421 it does, so I retained them.
With being used by Colas and purchased from preservation, it is hoped that when their life on the main line is over, they will all return into preservation.
This is again a bit of a repost, but now the Colas 37/4 is finished. All buffer beam detail has been added along with snow ploughs. 37421 is a little different to the DRS 37/4’s, it retains its Vacuum Brake hoses and presumably that capability. I removed all the Vacuum Hoses on the DRS examples as they are Air Braked only.
I am still looking to replace the Colas ‘Hat’ Logo with the latest offering, but still no one has produced the transfers for one!
This is the finished model of 37405 in what was the standard DRS livery up until about 5 years ago. This model was purchased in this livery as a limited edition. I have now detailed the Loco with all the usual DRS features and added the snow ploughs etc.
This is another DRS repaint into a heritage livery, this time it is 37425 Concrete Bob/Sir Robert McAlpine. The same detailing has been applied to ‘Bob’ as to the previous posts in the 7 in 7 blog.
The nameplates are Fox and again the transfers are a mix of Fox and Railtec.
This Loco is currently working out of Norwich on route learning and March on engineers trains. Certainly brings back very fond memories.
Here is another of the DRS Heritage repaints, this time it is 37419 Carl Haviland. This Loco is in Inter-City Mainline livery similar to the original variety in the late 80’s.
I have again tried to bring the Loco right up to date and as running now. All the usual DRS refinements have been added and the details are the same as yesterdays post.
Nameplates are again Fox and the transfers are a mix of Fox and Railtec.