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?

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More photo’s to follow later!

 

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Morlock Heath at Bury St Edmunds Exhibition.

The following are photo’s taken by my wife at this years Bury St Edmunds Exhibition at their new venue at Beyton College. This was a much enlarged site and was approx double their previous Shows.

I would again like to thank Graham and Shaun for their support on the day, they certainly bore the brunt of the operating. They also brought along some stock which features in the below photo’s.

Thanks also to Marc and all the BSE members for a very memorable day. Thanks also to all the people that spoke to us about our projects.

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Now a few photo’s of some of Shauns Main Line Loco’s – although out of period they went down very well with the visitors.

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Morlock Heath at Bressingham MRE

 

 

Sunday 3rd September was the debut of Morlock at Bressingham Gardens Model Railway Day. Here we have a selection of Photo’s taken by my wife during the Exhibition. Thankfully the layout run extremely well all day and many good comments were received. Special thanks must go to Graham, Shaun and my son John, they did the lions share of the operating during the day. We discovered a couple of issues with some wagons and a clearance problem with the connecting rods on the Dapol 08’s, these will be corrected by the next Exhibition at Bury St Edmunds this coming Saturday .

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Two more wagons for Morlock Heath

A bit of a milestone this post – it’s my 150th. I never thought I would do 50 let alone 150 –  thank you all for making it worthwhile.

Anyway here we have two wagons obtained for Morlock Heath, a Turbot picked up from Ebay at a good price and a Heljan Catfish. I have weathered them over the last few days and here are the results.

Morlock Heath has it’s Exhibition debut at Bressingham Gardens Model Railway Day on Sunday 3rd September, quickly followed by Bury St Edmunds Exhibition on Saturday 9th.

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ASHWELL MOOR FUEL POINT – FINISHED

Well after a 3 month slog -Ashwell is finished, well just about. I still need to touch up here and there, but finished as a project.

Hopefully it will be collected by my son fairly soon and I can return to my own O gauge Station Layout project.

I think I achieved what he wanted, although there were a few twists and turns, mainly from a stabling point to a fuelling point. On reflection I think it was the right decision with much more interesting loco moves on the FP plus a few wagons.

I have tried to think of everything that would be on an early 90’s fuelling point but by this time most small FP’s were an endangered species. This was just before Health and Safety really kicked in, but some signage is being made by a friend, and will be added later.

By the way – the gentleman coming out of the toilet with a face mask is purely coincidental !!!!!!

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If there is anything that I have done on this layout that you would like me to elaborate on then please contact me and I will endeavour to help.