First locomotive for the 1938 period is now finished before moving onto the layout. I took my time with this one, constantly checking the photograph I was working from. Must have been a 3 hour job in total. 2548 ‘Galtee More’ is stabled at Grantham in 1938, and most likely York was a changing point for Southern Area locomotives. The photo I have used as my basis is one I posted a link to a few pages back. It’s a colour rail photo showing 2548 under York’s Cenotaph.
Something different I’m going to do with my 1938 fleet is have changeable coal loads. It crossed my mind when modelling 1950 that certain locos coming from further afield I had added a small amount of coal, but that means I can’t show them loaded up moving off Shed.So what I’ve done is represent 2548 with a full load, by building up real coal on top of the Hornby tender insert. The colour rail photo shows a full load piled high after coming off the coaling stage, which I’ve tried to replicate.
As the coal is firmly glued in place I can just lift out, to reveal a more sparse coal load.
I’m not having a decoder added in her yet, as I’m going to be trying her out on a suitable layout in a month or so.
Locos next for work will be 2571 ‘SUNSTAR’ and 4901 ‘CAPERCAILLIE’