The Great Marquess

It’s the time of year when the Fellsman service starts up its summer season, running via the Settle and Carlisle.
Currently, the service is being operated by Gresley K4 61994, The Great Marquess.
I was lucky enough to snap her during her service stop at Carlisle.
I took these photos largely to illustrate the variations of shade and tone on even a clean, well-maintained steam locomotive.
While the images are copyright, you are welcome to use them for private non-commercial purposes.

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A little help for my friends…

I’ve completed some models today for a couple of friends who wanted weathering jobs done. I’ve got to say the new generation Farish 37 really has its beauty brought out by some thoughtfully-applied techniques.
In both scales, the techniques are roughly the same with over sprays of acrylic, oil washes and dry-brushed enamels. With the Claytons I used TCut to remove the heaviest paint deposit and create depth to the overall appearance of the loco sides.
If you really want a rough appearance on a diesel you can even use a fibreglass pen to remove sprayed weathering. This is definitely a more advanced technique all the same.
Perhaps best reserved for late 1960s Western Region modellers!

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The Coo’s Tail

A sufficient amount of stock has been gathered for the first EM goods train and attention now focuses on the rear of the train. Since this first train has a specific purpose in mind, (hauled by an ex-CR Jumbo of which more in future instalments), it makes some sense to have an appropriate brake bringing up the rear. Enter the Stanier 20 ton brake.
The basis for this model is the old Airfix 20t Stanier which dates from 1977-8 which is about as long as I’ve been modelling railways!
Still, it’s a testimony to the quality of these models that they still have potential to become show stoppers.
In this instance, my model is fitted with Lanarkshire Models cast buffers and drawhooks. The same manufacturer’s underfloor ballast box is used to fill the very noticeable void underneath.
The moulded on handrails have already been removed and I’m in the process of drilling out holes to accept the new brass ones,. Finally, after basic painting, I intend to fit Shawplan glazing.

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One niggling shortcoming of this 1977 model is the representation of brake shoes and it’s difficult to remove them without causing damage elsewhere.

On the other hand, EM wheelsets drop in, unopposed.

More later concerning this van.

Really Useful Track Bits

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Wills have just introduced a selection of useful track parts for the 4mm modeller in the form of point rodding.
Included are rods and stools, cranks, compensators and down set drive joints. A facing point lock is also included.
If you are serious about the appearance of your track work you will certainly appreciate these kits.
SS89 is the basic kit and SS90 provides further lengths of rodding.
Such track-related goodies are almost enough to push me towards a micro layout just so I can go to town with the PWay details!

Bang for your buck?

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Today, I spent an enjoyable day at the Wigan Model Railway exhibition. A good day was had meeting and conversing with friends, admiring the modelling of others.
Inevitably some money changed hands also as shows like this are good for getting those otherwise hard to find items.
A visit to the Shawplan stand proved somewhat expensive as a pile of much required Laserglaze packs and etchings left me £130 lighter. Mulling this over at lunch it occurred to me that this is roughly RRP for a new Hornby loco.
This got me thinking about relative values in the wider sense. Many modellers might spend that £130 on a new locomotive, take it out of the box and have it running round their layout for the rest of the evening.
In my case though, these Shawplan parts will, for the same outlay provide me with several weeks or months pleasure upgrading five locomotives and eight carriages.
It all comes down to what you want from the hobby but I think I got the better deal!

Waverley Route Artwork

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My friend Iain MacIntosh is working on another of his excellent pencil drawings. This one, like the last is of a Gresley V2 class, but this time on a Waverley Route passenger working.
Iain’s work goes from strength to strength and this looks like being even better than his previous production.
Whilst Iain hasn’t confirmed this as yet I believe he is planning a limited run of prints of the drawing in the future.
I will post further information when it’s available.
Meanwhile I thought you should share a sneak preview of what is promising another beautiful piece of artwork.

Further items to shift

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With Wigan exhibition this week, attention turns to gaining some funds to invest in new EM equipment.

Shown above is a Cowans & Sheldon 10 ton general purpose crane.
These could be found in goods and Engineers’ yards over the BR system from the late 1950s till the early 1990s.
This started life as a Hornby crane which has been fitted with Lanarkshire Models buffers, Markits 00 wheels and a selection of resin and etched parts to depict a more convincing representation of the pulley gear. It’s accompanied by an LMS single plank open wagon in the office of crane runner constructed from a Falcon etched brass kit.
I can fit the models with link couplings if required.
I’m looking for £45-50 for this one off model. I also have 57 pairs of unused Markits 12 mm 00 wheelsets bagged with bearings and six pairs of 14 mm also. Again £45 secures the lot.

Finally I can spare an as new BR black V2 locomotive in early BR black for £55.
As usual, please reply if there is anything of interest.