A couple of new locos added the the fleet. First up another RT models sentinel. This is one of the pre-war 100hp locos. Like the first one I built this is a superb kit with everything you need and extra parts to make different versions. I may get round to doing the streamlined style next. Here it is at the front with my other two before it gets weathered.
Next up is a Judith Edge 14″ Hunslet. Again another great kit which I have fitted with Gibson wheels, High level gearbox and a cheap Chinese motor. Most of my industrial locos have been small 0-4-0s so it was nice to build something slightly bigger for Tarring Neville and I’m working on another bigger loco for the layout at the minute. As with the Sentinel, the Hunslet is waiting on some weathering.
Lastly something that wasn’t built for myself. Oly over at otcm.wordpress.com asked if I would build his Mercian models Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0DM for him. It’s not one of the most straight forward kits I have ever built. Building the frames was a bit of a nightmare as the holes didn’t line up and then the coupling rods didn’t match either. It took a bit of head scratching but I managed to get a nice smooth running chassis in the end. I had joked with Chris that the body surely couldn’t be as bad but that came back to bite me! Anyway after much cussing a rather nice if slightly ugly loco emerged. It’s now back with Oly and i’m looking forward to seeing it weathered.
It has been a stressful year and why I haven’t been updating the blog as much as I would of liked to. Hopefully that will change now and I’ll get back into posting regular updates.
This weekend I’m out with Tarring Neville at the Tolworth Showtrain. I have been working on a few new items of stock. A Hornby B2 Peckett has joined the fleet for the cement works. I removed the printed name plates, fitted dumb buffers, added tarps to the cab sides and weathered it. I have also finished a couple more of the RT Models wooden tipper wagons for internal use by the cement works.
Lastly one item that has been sat waiting for me to finish it is a Roxey Mouldings LBSCR Stroudley Brake 3rd finished as a engineers tool/mess van. The idea came after reading that there used to be a grounded body of a Stoudley coach used as a mess van at Newhaven shed for a while. I have numbered mine as one of the examples that is preserved at the Bluebell railway and as part of my fictional history decided it ended up at Tarring Neville for use in the cement works as an internal user van after being used locally by the SR engineering department. I have removed a couple of compartment partitions as seemed to happen when being taken in to engineers use.
A reminder that Herstmonceux is at the Epsom & Ewell MRC show this weekend for what could be its last outing due to proposed station closures.
I started Herstmonceux back in 2012 wanting to recreate a sleepy Sussex station and two years later took it to Tonbridge show for its debut.. Since then it has done 10 shows and picked up a few awards but its outing to Epsom & Ewell MRC exhibition in April will be its last for the foreseeable future. I have been lucky to have a good team of friends to help me take it out on the road the last six years and we’ve had some great times at the shows we have done. It has also been good to meet readers of my blog that have followed its progress and make new friends along the way.