Archive for December, 2015

A new loco kit

Posted on December 7, 2015. Filed under: Project progress |

This kit of parts makes up into a basic footplate and cab assembly.

54495 Scratch 1 151207       Pickersgill 4-4-0 54495

The Caledonian Railway Dunalastair IV and Pickersgill engines are quite similar, so it was easy to make some extra parts for the Pickersgill while plodding along with the Dunalastair IV. Differences include the coupling rod splashers and cab, and the overall length.

After much research and soul-searching, I came to the conclusion that the smokebox, boiler and firebox are the same on both superheater engines in 1950s form. That’s the next job after tacking together these parts.

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November progress

Posted on December 1, 2015. Filed under: Monthly progress |

There was lots of work on unfinished projects this last month, including scenery, locos and coaches.

Scenically complete, as in “September progress”, does not mean there’s nothing more to do. Kyle of Sutherland has always been more than just an exhibition layout: it’s also a model landscape for recreating prototype railway views. As in this glimpse through the trees of Culrain’s Down Home on the approach to the passing loop at Culrain station. And that requires many more trees, hedges, shrubs and flowers to build a convincing image of a time long past.

Scenery 24 DSCN4004 151124       The road south

This view is of the single track road, hence the passing place sign, crossing the railway to join the main road five miles away at Ardgay en-route to Inverness. The grass growing up the middle of the road is typical nineteen-fifties Highlands of Scotland.

See also the Gallery for an update on 54458, Dingwall’s Dunalastair IV 4-4-0, soon to be seen piloting “The Mails”, the morning Inverness to Wick and Thurso passenger train, through Culrain sometime in the early 1950s.

Meanwhile, as work continued on 54458, Helmsdale’s very similar Pickersgill 4-4-0 54495 acquired some more parts. This loco starred in one of the very few sequences of colour photographs of a specific train, from different viewpoints, taken on the same day, and at the same location (Helmsdale) by F.W. Shuttleworth. Views from the series are regularly published courtesy of Colour-Rail. I’m tempted to make a start on this loco quite soon.

 

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