Small, but perfectly formed…


Just a quick shot of two N gauge diesels being finished for a friend.
Bachmann Farish diesels are a joy to work with, being such nice delicate models.
These two are intended for a 2mm Mid-’60s Waverley Route layout.
It’s always better to exercise a bit of restraint when finishing small models like this and not cover it with massive accumulations of muck.
Subtlety is the key whatever scale but especially in the smaller scales like N.


A Good Day’s work.



Being on a shift that allows a bit of free time today I used this to assemble the Roadrunner Plus gearbox and attach the Mashima 1424 motor. Having done so with care and with close observance of the instructions (at last!), I have ended up with a very smooth-and powerful mechanism. Static testing has so far proved highly satisfactory and I’ll now strip the chassis down in order to paint the frames, prior to final assembly.

The motor fits without clearance issues inside the body though I had to remove the backhead to accommodate it. I may have to modify that particular casting or fabricate something to disguise the gap but I’m not overly worried. The whole enterprise is a walk in the park by comparison of what has recently gone before!

Sleeping Beauty.







Last week I acquired, via a well-known online junk shop trading post.😉, this rather nice half-built kit of a Stanier ‘Princess Royal’ Pacific.
There’s clearly still a lot of work to do so this one probably won’t be on the bench for a bit. There are numerous small parts required to complete which aren’t much of an issue though I will have to improvise in the case of the smokebox door.
The chassis is to EM and built like a dreadnought and although it is a good, solid thing my feelings are that I should replace the whole of the loco’s underpinnings with a Comet set-up for consistency’s sake. The tender is a whopping great cast monster of a thing but the original builder has furnished it with a rocking rear axle and plunger pick-ups on the outer wheels.
I’m also considering replacing the cab-sides with etched items, providing suitable etchings exist.
Ultimately, I intend to recreate 46203 Princess Margaret Rose circa 1951 in the original BR Express Passenger blue livery.
Not everyone’s cup of tea and guaranteed to earn a raspberry from the direction of Kashmir Cottage I’ll grant you, but it’s not a commonly modelled livery and I like it very much so there! 😊
You might not see this one up on the bench for a bit but this is a wee teaser for the day when it does start to show its face on a regular basis.
I’m looking forward to tackling it in due course but meantime, bench discipline must be maintained with three other locos already underway!

What news from Warley, friend?


I’m not one to get overly excited about new locomotive releases on the Ready to Run front these days as; A- They are increasingly irrelevant to Scottish and Northern English modellers on the whole and; B- I generally prefer to build my own, having complete control over the specification of the chassis and running gear without having to fuss over converting items from OO to EM gauge and worrying if the supplied motor is going to be man enough for the job in mind!
Today though, I lay these concerns aside as my friend Ian Pritchard sends me this photo from the Heljan stand at Warley Show. It shows the pre-production sample of the original Pilot Scheme B&RCW Type 2 diesel locos, later known as Class 26/0.
Some of the ‘in crowd’ have their own designations for these beasts. Having already covered the main production variants of these machines, the men from Denmark have now turned their attention to the original batch of twenty (D5300-19), introduced in 1958 and spending their first eighteen months or so on the Eastern before taking the journey north and becoming pretty much the archetypal ‘Scottish’ type 2.
These machines were very closely linked with Lowland operations in the east of Scotland, taking over most ‘Class 2’ passenger services on the Waverley Route in particular from late 1962. Some were later converted to operate MGR services to Cockenzie power station, but a number still plied the route until the Gotterdämmerung of 1969.
Back to the image though; it appears rather encouraging and it’s noted that signature features such as the different bogie springs, access steps and low-mounted door handles have all been successfully portrayed.
This is one RTR loco I will be greeting with enthusiasm!

Rolling my own…


Regular readers will be aware of the excellent work of Iain MacIntosh, whose work I regularly highlight on here.
I used to be a keen drawer at school thirty-five years ago and whilst I did scramble my way to an O Level, I never really built upon that. I kept my hand in for a few years afterwards though before getting bogged down in the detritus of the 1980s!
Iain’s work however has re-awakened my interest and for the last week or so, I’ve been steadily working away at this drawing, bringing the old skills into action again.
It’s amazingly therapeutic though and I can quite easily potter away for an hour after work as my brain empties of the day’s rubbish.
There’s still a great deal to be done with this first effort though and it’s very much a work in progress.
I thought I’d share it now though! 🙂

More items for sale









All the above locos are offered for sale. They have all been weathered, coaled and custom name/numbering added along with Markits bogie wheels.
I’m looking for £130 each for the pacifics and £80 for the K3.

These locos as portrayed are all Waverley Route regulars.