O Gauge WD 2-8-0

This as they say is a long story – well over ten years!

On a recent visit to a local swap-meet  I spotted the WD on a stand selling very early Hornby Tinplate etc. It looked very out-of-place so I asked whether it was fine scale – two rail. The answer came back as ‘yes’. It was marked up at a price way more than I was prepared to pay – so negotiation started and a price was agreed.

When I got it home I had a good look at the loco and bells started to ring. After looking back in my old business (now long closed) records, I found that I was the one that painted, numbered and weathered this loco back in 2004! I did the work for Braintree Models (now closed) and in my records it says that it was Scratch Built and had to be done at set price.

On further investigation I discovered it had been recently re-wheeled and a new motor and flywheel fitted. I have to say that the paintwork had stood the test of time very well with only a few chips.

It had a few issues, but most were minor. I have since put these right and repainted the chips and re-weathered faded parts. It is now finished apart from I need to get a new ‘back-head’ as the original had disappeared.

All I can say is ‘what goes around – comes around’ or is it luck or coincidence?





More photo’s to follow later!



Two OO Sentinels for Graham – years apart

The first Loco is a steam sentinel that will be running on my Lowe Street Layout at the Southwold Exhibition next weekend. This will run alongside my own Sentinel and will give a more authentic operation than normal as the usual diesel shunter will only be a reserve.

The second Loco is a Diesel shunter from the same factory albeit about half a century later.

Both are weathered to a light-med level and the Steam one has a loop to enable shunting with spratt & winkles






Hornby OO D16/3

Final loco in this batch is a D16/3. What a great model this really is, it portrays them as I remember seeing them at Norwich in the late 1950’s. Occasionally you could see them  after a cleaning, but that did not happen much towards the end.

There are plenty of black and white photographs, but a lot less full colour. However I managed to track down a few in the condition I required. Here are the results-




A pair of DRS Class 37’s in OO

Again these models are for my friend in Australia, he has become quite a collector of DRS traction over the years.

37038 is a limited edition from several years ago and apart from detailing one buffer beam and giving it a medium weather it is virtually ‘out of the box’.

The second loco, 37703 is far from standard and is a complete re-spray from R3 Re-sprays, and my job was to detail one buffer beam, re-instate emergency cut offs and give a light weathering.