James' workbench- ex-GC locos and stock in OO

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Re: James' workbench- ex-GC locos and stock in OO

Post by jwealleans » Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:07 pm

If it’s whitemetal it’ll be Millholme.

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Re: James' workbench- ex-GC locos and stock in OO

Post by Woodcock29 » Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:02 am

It looks like the Millholme kit. I have one part built at the moment, but admit its been like that for a while!

The tender is the give away as the body is a bit too long as it doesn't have sufficient length of footplate at the rear. Also it has the round plastic wheel as the water pickup wheel instead of a ship's wheels. Also it has etched coal rails as supplied in the kit.

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Re: James' workbench- ex-GC locos and stock in OO

Post by James Harrison » Sun Sep 01, 2019 2:30 pm

A W1 has arrived...

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It's a resin kit running on a Hornby tender-driven chassis. This is a loco I've wanted for a very, very long time and when one came up on Ebay for a reasonable price it was a no-brainer.

You can also see, behind the tender, one of my pair of Barnum brakes. I've built these using some silhouette cutter files for a Barnum saloon, with a degree of more traditional scratchbuilding for the brake end. They're very nearly finished now.

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Post by Atlantic 3279 » Sun Sep 01, 2019 4:07 pm

You were lucky to get that W1 James.

I nearly bought one, probably 15+ years ago, from the second-hand items at a local model shop, but I went away to think about it overnight and when I returned it had not sold, but the owner had withdrawn it from sale.
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Re: James' workbench- ex-GC locos and stock in OO

Post by James Harrison » Sun Sep 01, 2019 5:33 pm

That sounds like one of those 'what might have been' tales. I know I have a few of those myself.

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Post by James Harrison » Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:52 am

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I've been working on a pair of Barnum brake carriages for the last month or so to accompany my earlier Barnum saloons. I used the same silhouette cutter files for the saloon ends and built the brake ends by hand, from scratch, out of embossed plastic sheet.

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Re: James' workbench- ex-GC locos and stock in OO

Post by James Harrison » Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:56 pm

I've been busy this last month....

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A Graham Farish carriage went through the works and came out the other side with improved matchboarding and teak.

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A pair of whitemetal bolster wagons were built.

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And a 21' 10-ton open was begun.

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Re: James' workbench- ex-GC locos and stock in OO

Post by James Harrison » Sat Nov 16, 2019 6:20 pm

Overdue update time!


The bolsters are finished- as is the long wheelbase open wagon....


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It's actually quite a nice model, my regard for whitemetal notwithstanding. Unfortunately I don't think it is currently available from the GCRS, otherwise I might have bought one or two more.


And the next project...


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This loco has a bit of an interesting history, in that I bought it several years ago via Ebay. When it arrived it was sporting 4'6" driving wheels and LNER black livery. I fitted some Hornby M7 driving wheels to it and left it at that (actually, no, that's not right. I destroyed the frames fore and aft trying to get it to go round 1st radius curves). Then when I decided to move my modelling date back to pregrouping, it joined a long long list of locos in need of attention (which I do look at, now and again, and occasionally pick one at random and do some work on it).


So, in this go through the works, I have replaced the LNER flowerpot chimney with a Robinson type and reinstated the frames. The paintwork is very much a work in progress right now.

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Re: James' workbench- ex-GC locos and stock in OO

Post by kimballthurlow » Sat Nov 16, 2019 11:37 pm

Hi James,
That is clever work on the motor/drive/chassis modification.

What type is it, my guess is a Pollitt 9G.

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Post by James Harrison » Sun Nov 17, 2019 2:25 pm

The 9Gs and the earlier Parker 3 and 3 Altered classes were externally practically identical- so she could be either! As I've got a pair of these to look at (the other is a Cotswold whitemetal kit) I might do one as a 9G and the other as a 3.

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Re: James' workbench- ex-GC locos and stock in OO

Post by James Harrison » Sun Nov 24, 2019 12:46 pm

The 2-4-2 is now in the right shade of green at least, however when it is finished things may well go quiet for a while as a house may be happening. Which means hopefully, soon, there will be somewhere I can start work on my fold in the map of the Derbyshire Lines circa 1920.

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Post by kimballthurlow » Mon Nov 25, 2019 8:49 am

James Harrison wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 12:46 pm
... start work on my fold in the map of the Derbyshire Lines circa 1920.
I often thought the western extension of the LD&ECR would be a good modelling scenario.
My thought was that it might run into Macclesfield, but have no sources to say if correct or not.

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Re: James' workbench- ex-GC locos and stock in OO

Post by James Harrison » Fri Nov 29, 2019 6:02 pm

I'm not sure of the route it would have taken west of Chesterfield (I know it's been covered in at least one book, but I don't have it at the moment).

My idea is more of supposing a part of the Derbyshire Lines, and the LDECR Sheffield branch, and a part of the Mansfield Railway were all built earlier- and supposing a town that was abandoned in the 13th Century survived and became somewhere worth building a railway to, what would that look like?

You could probably think of it as a Nottinghamshire version of Denny's Buckingham Branch (and that sort of harmonious everything-to-the-same-standard appearance is what I am aiming for), save for being set between the end of WWI and the Grouping, more northern/ urban/ industrial and, at the moment, not intended to be quite so complete and massive.

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Re: James' workbench- ex-GC locos and stock in OO

Post by kimballthurlow » Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:04 am

Yes, the inclusion of 'Lancashire' in the naming became a misnomer.
What might have been.
As to profitability, that was just another question.

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Re: James' workbench- ex-GC locos and stock in OO

Post by James Harrison » Sat Jan 25, 2020 6:48 pm

Some modelling happened; building a Sutherland Models GCR class 3 / LNER F1 kit around the Bachmann 2-4-2 chassis.

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After some careful measuring and cutting, the running plate could be mated up to the chassis.

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Then the tanks, cab and bunker were erected. Parts needed a bit of fettling to get them to fit around the motor, but nothing too onerous.

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Pretty soon I had the basic shape of the engine sorted out.

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Oh? The scratchbuilt version I've got? Turns out the chassis is slightly twisted (which explains why the driving wheels and connecting rods never quite seemed happy). I bought a Bachmann Lanky tank intending a chassis swap but the work proved too much for the body, which started to break apart. So the plan now is- the whitemetal kit uses the Bachmann chassis intended for the scratchbuild, whilst the chassis intended for the whitemetal kit keeps it's body and gets converted to another class 3 (this time #589, which kept its round-top boiler until 1929).

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