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.
With Herstmonceux packed away after its trip to Brighton show the other week attention is now on getting Tarring Neville ready for its trip North to the Manchester model railway show.
As I said in my last post there are some new items of stock. The wagons in the picture above are a new rake. These are based on various internal user wagons found at Swanscombe cement works. Strangely they have no brakes! They were simple enough to knock up using some Cambrian and Parkside underframes I had knocking about and some bits of plasticard and microstrip etc.
Another rake of wagons I have been working on (although i’ve only finished one) is some RTmodels wooden contractors wagons. These I have modified to be like some that were again at Swanscombe.
I shortened the original dumb buffers and added a buffer beam from some plastic rod and buffers from Lanarkshire Models. Just need to get the others finished.
A new loco has also been added to the fleet in the form of a Hornby Sentinel which has had a bit of work done to it and some weathering.
So Uckfield show has been and gone and Tarring Neville’s first outing went pretty well. Firstly I must say a big thank you to Adrian and the Uckfield club for such a good weekend and putting on yet another top notch show. The layout behaved itself and picked up lots of nice comments from exhibitors and the public. It was interesting to fool a few locals like with Herstmonceux, into thinking the railway was really there.
As you can see from the picture above and my previous post, another loco has joined the cement works fleet. Its a Hornby Peckett but just like Chris and Oly over at otcm I couldn’t just leave it as it was out the box and it was in bits the same day Chris dropped it off! Mine is loosely based on Stanley as I wanted to do one with dumb buffers. I didn’t get time to fit its new whistle and works plates before the show but at Uckfield I had all three running on Tarring Neville (Cheers guys)..
As usual though I didn’t manage to take many pictures but Adrian has put up a retrospective here with pictures of all the layouts and Redkiterail has some pictures on his Flickr site. It was good to see Oly’s excellent “Six Quarters” in the flesh and I really liked “Surrey Arms”, definitely two layouts to look out for!
Hopefully I will get a few more bits done before Tarring Neville’s next outing in a few weeks at Brighton MRC’s show.