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.
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!
What might appear in the signal box as a track plan only with a lot more signals and a few facing point locks. I’ve some actuators on order from Minx Microdrives so the rest of the signals (19 is the only one that’s up and running) stand a chance of becoming operational at some point.
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.
4365 seen from the goods yard at the head of a Cheltenham local with 2743 on shed. As I have a fairly low backdrop, the sky has, as usual, been roughly filled in with Photoshop.
3714 on a Birmingham express and 4815 on the Evesham auto. 3399 on shed.
4510 poses on a section of newly ballasted track. The grass/grit join on the baseboard has been camouflaged with lichen and other materials but the ballast itself still needs tidying up so as to re-expose the sleepers.
The final section of ballasting completed. Now just waiting for the glue to dry so that I can clean it up, get the electrics working again, dig out stones from inappropriate places and generally have an annoying time.
The visible point motor is one of two on the layout that has ended up positioned above a baseboard joist and so difficult to mount underneath. One of them is under the signal box and I’ll disguise this one with a small hut or a pile of sleepers.
Other tasks include fencing in the grass area near the signal box (probably end up with the station horse grazing) and camouflaging the joins between grass and grit.
General view of the station throat