Bulldog 4-4-0 3399 ‘Ottawa’ entering the station with a stopping train consisting of a GWR B-Set, Fruit Van and ex-LNWR Brake/1st/3rd (through coach Liverpool-Southampton). Engine could do with a dusting (or I could eradicate the woodworm in the garage roof).
Another unrealistically crowded scene at Wychminster with four engines on shed (3399, 3714, 4510 and 2743), 4815 and 4365 on the platforms and 7792 in the loop. Too many engines!
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, 3399 and 2357 lined up at the non-scenic end of the layout. The storage sidings end in dead sections so as to avoid one of my prized locos plummeting to the floor – it’s worked so far.
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)
Cattle dock foreground and 3399 on shed loop in the background. The bothy is still unpainted as is the coaling crane. Also I still need to soften off the join between road and field, probably with a bit of fencing and yet more lichen.
One area that needs addressing is the layout lighting. Currently it is lit by an odd mix of poorly positioned fluorescent fittings which I supplement with two 650w fresnel lamps from my film stock when photographing. The result is not even enough and produces too many shadows.
4815 enters the bay platform with the Evesham auto. 3399 on shed.
4815 enters the bay platform with the Evesham auto. 3399 on shed. Coaling crane and bothy still await painting, a job for the autumn.
3714 on a Birmingham express and 4815 on the Evesham auto. 3399 on shed.