Loco Sand Wagons BR(E)

This is a tale of two Loco 7T Sand Wagons in O gauge. The first one was purchased as a kit at an O Gauge ‘meet up’ at Bury St Eds. last year. I duly passed it to Graham for assembly. It has now arrived back for me to finish, it will become number 600023 a Ipswich wagon that lasted until about 1962, and was used to top up Diesel Loco’s as well as the earlier Steam Loco’s.

I saw the second wagon on the Steamline Website for sale and purchased it as it was again a locally based wagon at Yarmouth Vauxhall. Both Wagons were made from Connoisseur Kits by Jim McGeown.

Three OO Bachmann Ale wagons

This is a re-weathering job as they came factory weathered. I have to say that Bachmann did a very good job – but they looked very ‘flat’ and a bit ‘light’. I did my usual wash and wipe with Matt Black and then re-sprayed the underframe using four colours rather than the original one colour spray.

Getting the Matt Black in the boarding gaps really brings their appearance to life.

S Scale New Zealand Timber Wagons.

These wagons were made by Ian Hammond, I have only weathered them as they were running just before withdrawal in the 1990’s. These wagons were very run down by then and many had lost their numbers, extra ones being painted or chalked crudely on the sides. I have used chinagraph pencil to add the numbers, so could be changed if required. This batch of five wagons differ in many ways, many converted from existing wagons.

Dutch Dogfish in O Gauge

Here are two Heljan Dogfish from the second batch recently delivered. I have given both a light to medium weathering with special attention to the inside of the hopper and the ballast shutes.

I felt I needed to make the interior much ‘grittier’ than I normally do, to add more realism – I hope it is a step forward.

Sentinal and Van in O Gauge

This is the second Sentinal I have weathered in a week. I think I need to describe the Sentinal as ‘Grubby’ as opposed to Medium or whatever. I did quite a bit of research on these little beasts before starting and noted how coated they were in general grime, some depots did look after their charges better than others, but generally they were unkept. I also added extra coal into the bunkers.

The Van is for the same friend but is not to be used in the same era. This is a general wash and wipe in all crevices before weathering. I have to say Parkside now Peco wagons do take to the wash and wipe method very well as the slots in the planking are nice and deep.

Humbrol and Railmatch paints used, both sprayed and dry brushed.

Dapol Tank in O Gauge

This is a Dapol tank that has just been released – it is classified as an anchored tank. The weathering was achieved by using five different colours, the tank itself was misted and enhanced with Gloss Black. I have added a photo of the underframe so that you can see how I airbrushed and dry brushed the colours to form a medium blended weathering.

This is a black tank (type B) so carried the heavier oil products, hence the darker spillage.