The ever growing fleet

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.
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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.
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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.
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Post Uckfield

 

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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)..

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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.