Class 08 in OO 08594 ELY

Here is a Hornby 08 repainted to represent a 08 specially painted by Cambridge TMD and named ELY. This Loco spent a lot of time out based at Ely, but could also be seen at Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge on shunting duties.  A light weathering may also happen at a later date.

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Update on Multi Purpose Plank

Well, to start with, it is no longer a O Gauge Plank – it is now multi gauge with OO gauge track, magnet and ‘spratt’ height gauge added.

Although I have moved more towards O gauge, I still have some OO stock left and due to rising costs I may well use the OO as a fall back.

The only thing I need to purchase for the plank is a set of OO rolling roads.

I have Glued the original O Gauge rolling road Box to the Plank and will do the same with any new OO rolling road.

Finally, yes there is room for a N Gauge Track, if put under pressure by my son.

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OO Steam Heating Class B1 Locomotive

I have always fancied having a go at one of these ‘semi’ withdrawn loco’s. Being from East Anglia and remembering them at Norwich, Ipswich and Gt Yarmouth, it was just a matter of time before having a go.

Another thing that provoked this exercise was that when looking through the Fox Transfer catalogue, I spotted what I needed.

I found a few photographs of various loco’s and decided on ‘Department No.17’ This was ex Thompson B1 Loco No 61059, a Ipswich Loco. Sadly none of the photographs were colour, so it was a case of relying on my memories of seeing these loco’s.

Two points that I discovered after the renumbering were that the transfers were a bit on the large side and slightly wrong for this loco. Summing up, I considered this a weathering exercise of the generally unloved carriage heating B1’s.

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OO Norton Wood – with stock

The making and many photo’s of Norton Wood have already appeared on this website, but with no stock  Some stock has now been obtained, albeit not weathered yet, here are the results.

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This Layout is now owned by Graham Minshall and will appear at approx four Exhibitions in 2018 – see Exhibitions section for details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Bridge revisited

 

Having put four layouts up for sale about a month ago, and three of them selling almost straight away. I wondered why Alex Bridge had not sold, so I thought I would revisit the layout by means of a photo shoot. The  original articles on this blog of the layout were more focussed on the loco’s and not the layout itself.

I did have some offers, but they all fell short of my evaluation. I have revised my expectations downwards slightly as my move to O gauge continues apace. Email for further details.

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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

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