Archive for May, 2016

Sub-prime Livery

Posted on May 25, 2016. Filed under: Project progress |

The Dunalastair IV is almost ready for the paint shop.

54458 Scratch 7 160525       To paint or not to paint?

I’m keen to get on and paint 54458, but I first need to take stock. It’s taken me a long time to get to this stage and I still have a few, albeit relatively minor, items on the snagging list.

The “Mails” may have to wait a bit longer for a pilot.


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April progress

Posted on May 1, 2016. Filed under: Monthly progress |

The weathered HR TPO now has glazed windows, post boxes picked out in Post Office red, and an approximation to the outgoing mailbag apparatus (see updated picture in the Rolling Stock Gallery).

Train 08.15 160430       Southbound TPO

This first Kyle of Sutherland train picture to include the TPO is based on a prototype train from September 1959 at Tain in “The Highland Railway” by H.A. Vallance. It shows the early morning Helmsdale to Inverness train with the returning previous day’s northbound TPO behind the engine.

April has seen some scenic changes. A 4” wide trench now runs immediately beyond the Up line fencing for almost the full length of the layout. There’s a choice of nine plug-in scenic modules, 4” to 16” long, each with up to six trees of different foliage densities and heights. The modules are easily re-arranged to give a suitable background for whatever picture I am taking, as in the above view.

This month I plan to create a picture of “The Mails” double-headed through Culrain with 54458 as pilot engine. But I have trailed that before.

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