Unrealistically large number of locomotives in Wychminster station, as seen by a passing pigeon. The line is obviously not worked on the one engine-in-steam principle.
Double-heading was not a GWR tradition, they left that to companies with small engine policies like the Midland. Also two locos for a four coach train seems a bit extravagant unless it was to avoid providing a second path for a light engine movement which would be useful on a line with extensive single-track sections.
Anyway I don’t need an excuse to run 1334 and 3714 together so I have.
4365 also featured in this session and the photo shows once again that I should have painted the garage walls before starting the layout.
Lastly a lower angle view which shows off the scratchbuilt MSWJR 2-4-0 to advantage.
I don’t like removing the coaching stock from the track as it’s difficult, with the corridor connections getting in the way, to recouple them. To that end I’ve increased the on-track storage by adding another siding in the fiddle yard as an extension of the spur that the autotrain runs in to. It means that it’s now a tighter squeeze getting the recycling bin in and out of the garage but boys’ toys come first.
My five tender locomotives, posing unnaturally at the station end of Wychminster and demonstrating a range of colours masquerading as GWR Locomotive Green. Left to right, 4365; 3399, Ottawa; 3714, City of Gloucester; 1334; 2357. 2357 is still the only engine fitted with the Dingham coupler which I intend to fit to the locomotives primarily used on freight trains.
3714, ‘City of Gloucester’ on the shed road, 2743 on the shed loop and 1334 running back from the turntable.
I’m getting a bit tired of the limited angles for photography available on the layout but here is yet another three-quarter view of a train in the main platform. 1334, ex-MSWJR 2-4-0, heads up the milk train to Swindon.
I’d like to say this is a Work-in-Progress but that would be a lie – the shed offices are still shining out in their coat of red car primer. On shed are 1334, 3399 and, tucked away inside, 2743. When the garage gets warmer, progress may be made although, to be honest, I prefer sitting outside in the garden when painting so it could be a few months yet (and if the rain ever lets up)
Ex-MSWJR 2-4-0, 1334, pilots City class 4-4-0, 3714, ‘City of Gloucester’, pulling a down express into Wychminster station
1334 stands in the bay platform at the head of the daily milk train. Despite a boiler full of lead, this engine will struggle to pull these four vans – it has the proverbial inability to pull the skin of a rice pudding, preferring to indulge in the kind of slipping prevalent on lesser railways such as the LNER and Southern.