It’s been an enjoyable past few weeks, going off on the work bench and modelling. I currently have a BR 20T unfitted Brake Van on the go (repainted and a few extra details) which I hope to have finished soon. Later today, I will be weathering a repainted BR exSR unfitted 12T van. Ian Fleming’s recommendation of Revell 76 has certainly brought out a better representation of unfitted grey. Before I talk about the V23 Van I have been working on, some layout news. I had decided I didn’t want to build a layout at home, that I couldn’t operate. If you have only one show a year…..it’s going to be a long year. I had been looking into a shed for Trawsfynydd to be built and operated, however at this moment in time, finances just aren’t going to stretch to it. The plan is if I can get another school to teach at (CVs at the ready) then it will be something I will see about next year. Don’t get me wrong, Trawsfynydd is still happening, and I’m writing a planning article for Railway Modellers shortly about it. In the meantime, realistically I have about 10 foot to play with, which is an ok size for an exhibition layout. For some reason I had always been drawn to one of the halts, about 8 miles from Trawsfynydd, nearer to Bala. Cwm Prysor was a halt, which had a crossing keepers cottage, as well as a level crossing. Up to 1951 there had been a signal cabin, with a loop designed for Military Traffic. Now my interested modelling period is 1955-1959, however for operational purposes I intend to keep the loop and signals in place, to allow more operational interest. The boards for Cwm Prysor will be ordered in a few months, and hopefully wired over the summer. Nice managable layout, which will live in the shed alongside Trawsfynydd.
Standing on the trackbed looking towards Bala at the former halt of Cwm Prysor (Ben Brooksbank used through creative commons act)
Back to rolling stock, I have been working on a ‘Mink A’ V23 12T Van. I had rushed and added screw links to the model (because it was in bauxite). It was then I found out through Ian Fleming and Nick Davies, that the first batch with shorter buffers (which my model was a depiction of) had instanter couplings. The second batch which had screw links, also had longer buffers. In for a penny in for a pound….why not! New buffers from Lanarkshire Models, new transfers from Cambridge Custom Transfers (bachmann’s were rather oversize) and some weathering later….here are the results.
One down….several to go!