Monday, 18 February 2013

A Little Problem at Hatfield

Little problem at Hatfield Colliery...

These have done the rounds on social media and traditional media but are worth seeing. A slag heap at Hatfield colliery, near Doncaster, has become unstable and the force behind it has not blocked the adjacent railway but pushed it up and out of alignment.

The line is, obviously, closed at this time and it'll take eight weeks to put it all back together once the land has been stabilised. There's more information available here -

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Class 25 Underframes

The work on my hybrid Class 25 has progressed nicely. It still looks a bit rough, but that'll be sorted as I go along.

Last night I managed to do a little bit of work on the underframe after we'd finished pancakes and stories of a green engine called Henry.

One thing you notice when you start looking at the 25s in detail is that those without the valance have a lower body side which is anything but level! There are so many different levels it's hard to keep track! So much so I'd say that unless you have good photos of both sides of your chosen loco it'll only ever be a good educated guess! The Hornby body seems lacking in the lower regions of the cab when compared with a number of drawings, so the lower edge of the cab has been extented. This may explain why the buffers are far too high even when the loco has been lowered as they may be correct in relation to other parts of the cab front on the original Hornby model.

I've blatently copied Jim Smith-Wright's method of modelling the underframe - I've added bracing above the main H sections in the form of 2mm square section form Evengreen which greatly adds to the rigidity of the structure. Most of the work, aside from this additional bracing, is best carried out with the two section fixed in place on the chassis block. This'll ensure that it'll actually fit on the model!

I'm not planning to go much further with the underframe for now until I can test fit the rebuilt bogies, just incase any modifications are required and as I expect a fair bit of extra handling might result from this process.

Friday, 8 February 2013

60008 Dwight D. Eisenhower

Yesterday I noticed on the National Railway Museum's Facebook page I noticed that the newly repainted 60008 Dwight D. Eisenhower had finally been moved into the Great Hall for display and was placed next to its sister locomotive. Somehow I managed to persuade Suzi that popping down to see it was a good idea!

60008 looks stunning following the work undertaken by Heritage Painting, quite how long it would last like this service is another matter! Incidentally, the same company also took on the work on 4468 Mallard. This is in the build up to 'Mallard 75' which will see the six remaining LNER A4s coming together and it's unlikely to be repeated once the two north american based locos return to their owners.

Details are now on the Museum's site and can be found here -

I think it'll be an event which will be well worth attending!