Ventured into the freezing garage to do a bit of work on the engine shed area today. Tried the water crane in position (constructed from a Duncan Models whitemetal kit) and painted all the grey bits of the bothy. That was enough – back to the fireside.
A last look at 2743, now resplendent with number plates. I still need to do the buffer beam numbers but that can wait (probably for ever). Time to move on to something else, perhaps a start on the warehouse or painting the bothy.
The last of my 2013 eBay purchases. a Salt Union wagon from Worcestershire.
Wychminster’s two pannier tanks meet just outside the station – still waiting for 2743’s numberplates.
Not a lot of work going on on the layout at the moment although there’s plenty to do. I still haven’t painted the bothy or sorted out the ground around the engine shed road. The long awaited warehouse received in August languishes in its box. The signals look grand but do not move.
I did start painting some wagon loads though, so it’s not all doom and gloom.
Not a lot of progress with the cattle dock since the last photograph. Some cows have arrived, not sure what breed but probably not suitable for England in the 1920s – at least they’re not Friesians which were uncommon in the UK before WW2, 2743, lack of numberplate disguised by the cattle dock bars, simmers in the sun.
The latest addition to the locomotive fleet, an 0-6-0 pannier tank. No information was provided by the supplier as to which of the GWR’s myriad tank engine classes this belonged to so I was forced to spend a considerable amount of time in my reference books. As a result of that, I believe it to be a 2721 class engine, mainly because of the absence of leaf springs and the general layout of the steps, pipework, etc. A couple of these locos lasted at Worcester until the 1950s and I have chosen 2743 as the number for the model. Just waiting for the postman (again).
2357 in the mileage siding with yet another new wagon, from the Whitecliff Lime Company, Coleford. Ebay strikes again.
Also the autotrain, seen in the bay platform, is now running the opposite way round. This makes the platform more usable as a headshunt from the engine shed loop. These changes were made as a result of operational experience which had revealed that some of the control sections were incorrectly positioned.
Just for a change a picture without locomotives.