My Workbench Archive, June - July 2005
31st July 2005
Freightliner's 66951. Photo courtesy of Matt (http://lawleyst.fotopic.net/).
the low emission Freightliner class 66's - 66951 and 66952 have
been approved for Network Rail use (as opposed to just working on
the CTRL), my excuse for creating one of the odd-looking machines
has become a lot more valid since they could now be justified on
Wells Green TMD as a visiting loco.
since the locos first arrived in the UK I have been fascinated by
just how ugly they are - all the 'nice' features of a standard '66'
have been spoiled, and the addition of the third door (complete
with white handrails) just looks bizarre. Obviously the machines
are better for the environment, but it is a good example of how
a nice design of locomotive can be ruined by numerous modifications.
back to the model. A standard Bachmann '66' will be used, but will
require many modifications, including a shorter fuel tank, larger
cooling group and roof radiator and of course the extra door. Also,
new windows (minus the quarterlights) will be fitted, and the yellow
warning panel will be reduced in size.
anyone can provide any side-on shots of '951, or know where I can
find any drawings of the low emission class 66s, please email me
at the address at the side of the page. Any help is much appreciated!
project is set to continue for quite a while, as I have many other
projects to go ahead of 66951, but I plan to have the model finished
by Model Rail Scotland 2006.
on the workbench is a Lima '67' which will be repainted and detailed
to represent the silver EWS 'Hospitality Train' loco, 67029.
26th July 2005
the foreground you can see the new five-inch extension taking shape.
is 90022, the latest class 90 to join the fleet. It represents one
of the ever-decreasing batch of locos in the old Railfreight Distribution
livery, with paintwork depicted in a poor condition in certain places,
as on the prototype.
though, the real 90022's paintwork is largely intact, considering
that the loco would have been painted over ten years ago, it has
weathered well. On one side, the loco has lost its Crewe 'Eagle'
Depot plaque, and this has been faithfully reproduced on my model.
is also interesting is that 90022 Freightconnection is the
only class 90 to retain its nameplates from Freightconnection 1992
event, with the 'Euro' '90's and their foreign versions of the name
all having been repainted in EWS livery. Presumably 90022 will soon
be repainted, so it is nice to have 'preserved' the loco in this
livery, albeit only in model form!
have been created from off cuts of card, whilst the bufferbeam pipes
are from Replica Railways.
prepares to leave the depot. Note the roof is still to be given
a good 'going over' with the airbrush!
20th July 2005
Green TMD's getting bigger!
article about how I created this Ginsters '158' appeared in the
October 2004 Model Rail magazine.
was the last picture of Wells Green TMD in its previous 'small'
state, since the picture was taken , an additional five inch scenic
section has been added onto the front.
reason for the extension was that I had always envisaged a run-down
area towards the front of the layout oozing with atmosphere, creating
the impression that Wells Green TMD was set in a very deprived area,
with scenes such as burnt-out cars and abandoned buildings. There
are other plans for much more shocking features, but I will keep
details of these under-wraps until they are complete.
the scenic section could have been planned in from the beginning,
you may ask? Unfortunately the DEMU Showcase competition rules allowed
only 750 square inches, and as Wells Green TMD was at 702 inches
already, there was no room, so the scenic section had to be left
off until now.
working on the layout, there has still been time to add to the locomotive
fleet, with 90022 Freightconnection being the latest new
member, in Railfreight Distribution livery. Soon to enter the works
is another Bachmann '66', which will emerge as a model of EWS's
86231 and Freightliner 66555 at the washing plant.
15th July 2005
86 - 86231 'Starlight Express'
some photos of my most recent project, a Hornby class 86, which
has been detailed up to represent a Virgin Cross-Country example,
86231. Roof detailing has been carried out to add the roof-mounted
fire protection bottles and associated piping. The roof also has
the Shawplan roof aerials fitted, together with slight modifications
to the bus-bars, to better represent the prototype.
mods include cutting away part of the underframe and replacing it
with some styrene strip, as per 86231. Because a Sommerfeldt pantograph
is unsuitable for this loco (no. '231 is fitted with a Brecknell-Willis
high speed pantograph), I used a Hornby class 92 pantograph. However,
this is of plastic construction, and I'm not totally convinced that
this will stand up to the wear-and-tear of regular use on Wells
plastic pantograph seems a little flimsy.
86231 will be used as a test loco, and if the pantograph is successful
(i.e. doesn't break!) then I will go and fit plastic pantographs
to the rest of the '90' fleet. But for now, they are keeping their
metal Hornby ones.
'Starlight Express' leaves the stabling point before entering the
from locomotives, I have just invested in nine of the Hornby (retooled)
'MHA' Coalfish wagons and four Bachmann 'MTA' wagons to add to my
collection of airbraked engineering stock. The 'MHA's were particularly
welcome as I tried to buy a kit of one from the old Mendip Models.
Unfortunately, they went out of business just before my kit was
dispatched, and alas, I had no MHA to build.
'MTA' wagon is an interesting one for me, as a couple of years ago
I scratchbuilt several, so will be keen to compare mine to Bachmann's,
to see how accurate my models were. I wrote an article about how
I did this in DEMU's UPDate magazine, Issue 39. Although the models
are now out of date, the scratchbuilding exercise gave me much experience
for when I tackle some other of the rarer wagons types, that do
not appear in model form.
interesting final thought, while looking through photographs of
a passing engineering train at Didcot on July 4th 2004, it occurred
to me that the entire train will soon be available to run in RTR
form from Bachmann and Hornby - consisting of a EWS '66', followed
by MHAs, MFAs and MTAs, together with a rake of 'Limpet's and 'Doorand's
tacked onto the end.
of the Hornby 'Coalfish's stands on Wells Green TMD shortly after unpacking
from the box.
6th July 2005
from overhaul at Toton Depot, 47767 sits at Wells Green awaiting
a 'B' exam.
model is of course a Heljan example, repainted into EWS colours
using Phoenix Paints. 47767 was one of the refurbished '47's that
was overhauled to extend its life, but soon caught fire and was
stored at Toton Training School Compound. The loco is now owned
by FM Rail, although is unlikely to return to service.
out the new 'Wagons' section of this website, featuring pics of
my engineering stock and other detailed wagons. Bye for now!
29th June 2005
out of the paintshop
90018 and 90035 have been completed, and are only awaiting weathering
before entering service. EWS 90034 unfortunately is not yet finished
due to problems with the lighting kit, but should be in service
close up of 90018 reveals that weathering is still yet to be carried
my RES class 90s are progressing well, with the grey applied and
just need to be touched up in certain places before applying the
addition to this, I have been having a realistic look at what extra
locomotives will join the fleet between now and the end of the Summer.
Intercity liveried 86228 Vulcan Heritage will be the next
loco to be completed, and this will probably be the last of this
years' expected plan of electric locomotives to be modelled. Before
then, another class 66 is planned, in the form of 66008.
no more electric locos this year you may ask? Well it's all to do
with the release of a high-spec model of my all-time favourite class
of diesel locomotive - being of course, the Hornby class 60.
plan to spend most of the Winter repainting and detailing the Hornby
model to represent my favourite class members, overtaking other
projects like AC Electrics!
Green TMD's only class 60 is a Lima model with a butchered Bachmann
class 37 chassis underneath. I painted the loco in EWS colours as
one of my favourite class members, 60045 The Permanent Way Institution.
2005: Class 60 Invasion!
last I will now be able model my favourite locos without having
to chop up Italian plastic and add new motors to get smooth running,
and over the last few months have been devising a list of my 'dream
team' of '60's to model.
of my class 60s will not be suitable for Wells Green TMD however,
as my fondest memories of the class were when they carried triple
grey livery with sector flashes and carried awesome mountain names.
For some reason the 'Tugs' named after people never held so much
of my '60' fleet will be 60016 Langdale Pikes, and 60038
Bidean Nam Bian, both in Trainload Metals livery.
Wells Green TMD is set well into the '2000s', I cannot include many
of the '60's in BR liveries - instead I can only include carefully
picked examples such as 60090 Quinag, a survivor still carrying
Coal livery in 2004.
is nothing sadder than a tatty plain grey '60' stripped of all adornments
or an unnamed EWS example, so most of my class 60s will be carrying
full sector livery and only be suitable for my club's D&E layout
'Northlands Wood', and our next project 'Loftus Road'.
not wanting to deprive other '60' fans, I'll include a separate
gallery of photos featuring these locos and some other classes that
can't appear on Wells Green TMD, in due course.
are slowing down on the rolling stock side, but work on the layout
increases as Wells Green under goes an extension to provide an adequate
fiddle yard and an additional five inch scenic section will be installed
at the front.
some nice feedback, I thought I'd show some more of my engineering
stock, this time a 'Rudd' and an original Parkside Dundas 'Grampus'.
Both were modelled on real life examples, using photos from Wagons
on the Web (see Links for details).
23rd June 2005
having three EWS '90's to finish off - for some reason I decided
to start another project with yet more Hornby class 90s, this time
modelling RES liveried examples 90016, 90017 Rail Express Systems,
and 90019 Penny Black.
are not going well however, my first mistake being to use Railmatch
paint instead of my normal Phoenix Precision.
it won't make any difference" I thought - how wrong I was!
The airbrush clogged up within minutes and the models were left
with a finish far from smooth. I think I'll just leave the models
as they are however and disguise any imperfections with heavy weathering.
photograph below shows the three bodies impaled on a kitchen roll
(an inexpensive and disposable way of holding models when spraying
- no need for fancy paint handles!)
addition to these locos, I also have an unfinished Heljan class
47 in EWS colours awaiting transfer application, this will eventually
be 47767 Mappa Mundi.
I am concerned that I am painting too many locomotives into EWS
livery - all right for the enthusiast onlooker at an exhibition
observing all the different numbers, but perhaps making Wells Green TMD
a bit boring for the casual viewer who may not have such an interest
in specific machines, more in the variety of liveries present.
I will be looking at ways to enhance the variety of liveries on
the layout to appeal to families - already I've purchased a Heljan
47829 in 'Police' Anti-Trespass & Vandalism to brighten up the
scene a little.
Freightliner 66555 (what a cool number combo!) awaits weathering
before it will enter service bringing a little more variety to Wells
now for something completely different
it might seem strange - I don't just like electric locos ya' know!
Wells Green TMD, I spent seven years building a D&E era Cornish
layout set on the GWML, so when Hornby's Mark 2 coaches in the FGW
green livery came out - I snapped them up, buying all my local model
for me (but good for the bank balance!) they only had four in stock,
two first and two standard, so I will wait until Hornby release
the Mk2 Brake in FGW before buying the rest to make up a '47' hauled
set. I waited five long years for that livery to become available
after missing out on the opportunity to buy some Lima products in
coaches have dreadful couplings - with miles between each vehicle
when coupled, and several wheelsets out of gauge on my models. These
minor problems aside, the coaches will be detailed up (in the fullness
of time) and one of the first class coaches converted to a Micro
220022 Brighton Voyager waits at the station on my fictitious
Cornish layout, 'Goonhilly Parkway'.
14th June 2005
I'm halfway through my project to butcher three Hornby class 90s
- eventually they will be 90018, 90034 and 90035 in EWS livery.
Doors have been cut out and holes cut to fit Express Models lighting
the photograph above you can see the cabs lined up ready to have
the dials and buttons on the driver's desk painted, as well as inclusion
of a driver at one end.
three bodies you see here were part of a batch of seven '90' bodies
sprayed into EWS colours back in February (sprayed in bulk to cut
down on time spent cleaning up the airbrush repeatedly). So far
numbers 90030, 90031 and 90040 have been detailed up and have already
clocked up one exhibition appearance but there are still another
four bodies to complete.
downside to modelling in bulk quantities means ordinary jobs become
tedious and extremely boring - just drilling the holes and fitting
bufferbeam details became a chore. I still have EWS 90037 to complete,
but I can't be bothered!
future I will have to change my modelling to take account of the
boredom factor - I'd already planned a Virgin Trains batch 86229/31/51/56
& 90002/09/12 and to follow that a load of bodies in Railfreight
Distribution, so I'll have to try and gradually complete locomotives
singly over a longer timespan.
such a large number of locos? Well I'm hoping to eventually create
a kind of 'trainspotting' feel to the layout - where the viewer
can see a loco appear from the fiddle yard knowing that the loco
is merely one of a large number that can be seen.
is to mimic real life - when you go to Crewe IEMD and see a
'90' - you know that there is just as much chance you would see
any other of the 25 or so that EWS own. To me that seems much more
realistic than layouts with a small number of dedicated locomotives
- after all, in real life a single locomotive is only a small part
of a large railway and I hope to recreate that feel in miniature.
Here's a shot of completed 92028 'Saint Saens', the first
of a batch of four grey '92's to eventually appear on the layout.
ONE I BUILT EARLIER: Wells Green TMD is also being used as a place to
show off my collection of engineering stock, the picture is of a
Cambrian 'Shark' in Loadhaul livery built a couple of years ago.
5th June 2005
Showcase 2005 - Small Layout Competition Winner!
Showcase took place yesterday at Burton, it was an excellent weekend
away, hopefully enjoyed by all. A huge variety of layouts was on
display - including a layout I have wanted to see for a long time
- Paul Wade's 'Tonbridge West Yard' which had a sublime selection
of engineering wagons on show. Widnes Vine Yard was excellent -
and was home to a lovely array of weathered Class 66s hauling most
of the freight trains.
(Bulwell)'s 'Deepcar' was particularly awesome, the sight of the
operators joining up the catenary over the board joins on the Friday
evening was mind boggling!
DEMU North East Area Group's competition entry layout 'Round Tree
Sidings' was extremely well modelled - with beautiful catenary
and nice track detail, a real pleasure to look at.
the AGM after the show was packed up, much to my complete amazement
me and my layout 'Wells Green TMD' was announced winner of the
Small Layout Competition to build and exhibit a layout featuring
electrification in under 750 sq inches!
front of many well known modellers that you normally read about
in quality magazines such as Rail Express, I was given the honour
of coming to the front and shaking the hand of ageing rocker Steve
Grantham - with everyone applauding! It was a totally surreal experience
but it made the many months of continual modelling all worth it!
BELOW: My friend Pete Hollman operating Wells Green TMD at DEMU Showcase.
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