Wagons for Oldshaw

As I said in a previous post, a friend of mine has purchased the EM Exhibition Layout ‘Oldshaw’. Nick has decided to have a different running era so that extra wagons are required. The below wagons have been spratt and winkled and weathered for him. Note that one brakevan has a spratt and winkle at both ends to enable run rounds and to shunt the bogie wagon.

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Merlins Lane Auto-coupling

I have now added spratt and winkle couplings to the wagons used on Merlin’s Lane Fuelling Point. As the only shunting loco on the layout is an 03, and I run it with a shunters truck, I decided to fit a spratt and winkle to the shunters truck only.  All other wagons have a loop at one end,  this enables me to auto shunt one wagon at a time. Although this is a minor operation on the Fuelling Point, it does however add interest. The shunters truck attaches to the 03 by three link coupling. The opposite ends of all wagons retain their three link couplings.

I have also built a custom stock box to hold the wagons for Merlins lane. I have left space for another wagon.  See my previous post on ‘Stock Boxes’ for further information.

Current available wagon stock are:-

Stores Van – Waste Oil Tank – Diesel Tank

The Stock box also holds the shunters truck and a brake tender.

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Recent O gauge weathering

October so far has been a bit damp and dreary, so little weathering has been possible. In the last few days a few dry spells gave me a chance to look at some wagons for a friend. I also repainted a Fowler Diesel  shunter as ED.1. Although the Industrial version is not strictly the same as the version the LMS (BR) had, it’s a fair representation and gives you something a bit different. I had held on to this model for some time for a friend, hoping that a conversion kit would become available, but sadly not. He made the decision to just have a cosmetic repaint of the Industrial version.

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