My main goal in June was to paint 54458 and take a picture of it piloting “The Mails” through Culrain. “The Mails” didn’t take a pilot today, but I did catch 54458 on the last northbound passenger train of the day from Inverness.
Evening train to Helmsdale
Cattle flakes on the loading bank and the condition of 54458 (see updated portrait taken from the road bridge in the Rolling Stock Gallery) date this from the early 1950s. The inspiration came from the photograph entitled “One of the last ‘Dunalastairs’ : No 54458 leaving Inverness on an evening train for the north” on p.133 of “The Caledonian Dunalastairs” by O.S. Nock. My copy of the book was kindly bought for me by that great modeller John Hayes, whose untimely death was reported this last month. I dedicate this picture to him.
Painting 54458 involved fully dismantling the chassis and body, which turned out to have an unexpected benefit. 54495 had previously reached the frames stage (see “December progress”, 2015) and being quite similar to 54458 I used the bare chassis from 54458 to help with the planning for 54495.
This month I’m keen to spend more time on 54495, though I still have lots of scenic and architectural modelling to do.