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Fitted fish and piles (1947)

Posted by Mikkel , in Gallery, The Bay 06 December 2010 · 3,031 views

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More "forward-dating" of Farthing here, this time to 1947, with some of my ageing RTR stock brought into play.

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No. 9319 of the 93xx Class serving as station pilot at Farthing. At this point in time Hawksworth is in office at Paddington, but the loco carries the hallmarks of his predecessors Churchward and Collett. This is the Bachmann model with just a bit of light weathering. Not too sure about the chimney and other details, but I do like the GWR 2-6-0s.

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No. 9319 shunts a fish van to Diagram S2 in the sidings. Given the Shirtbutton monogram, you'd be forgiven for thinking this was the 1930s, but the "Fish" code on the van wasn't applied until 1943. I haven't fitted S&W couplings to this "out of period" stock, but simply run it with screw/3-link couplings and an uncoupling hook. The Mechanical Horse is a weathered Hornby item (close-ups of the original can be seen in this blog entry).

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The S2 Fish Vans were originally Diagram V13, and went through a number of changes of the bracing, louvres and vents. This model shows an example in latter-day condition, based on the photo on page 344 of "GWR Goods Wagons" (Atkins, Beard & Tourret). The model was built by Richard Spratt from a converted Coopercraft Mink kit, and I bought it off him for a (now abandoned) collection of GWR browns. A few general notes on converting the Coopercraft kits can be found here. Since taking this photo last week I have applied some light weathering (as seen in the other photos), but am uncertain whether it needs more.

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No. 9319 introduces a Vent Van on the scene, with the post-1936 small 5 inch letters. This is a Bachmann article straight from the back of my drawer, with just a bit of weathering powder and some 3-links. I believe it is based on the unfitted Diagram V24. The underframe is below even my standards, and if I'm serious about these occasional changes of period I had better get some kits going!

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Driver J. Drover is no bundle of joy today. Quite apart from his piles, he is rather disgruntled with all these compromises: Here he is, a qualified Top Link man, relegated to knocking about some lowly wagons in a siding that hasn't been upgraded since 1907. Also, why is all the detail in the cab so chunky, why are there no lamps on his loco, and what is an unfitted Vent Van doing in the company of a fitted Fish Van? Come to think of it, he doesn't even like fish.
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Once again another tour de force.

Another informative and "light" read. Thanks for brightening my lunctime...... Jon
James Hilton
Dec 06 2010 12:33
Good fun as usual :)
Looks very nice!


Thanks everyone, a light (-hearted) read is exactly what it is intended to be. It's really enjoyable to dig out some of the old stock and run it on "The bay", and it helps keep up the motivation for moving ahead with the new layout.
Wonderful stuff Mikkel...when I first read the title, I wondered how you were going to stitch in 'Polaroids' into the narrative ;)
I'm sure they are an underlying factor in many narratives :lol:. In fact, since 75% of all people have them at some time in their life, some three quarters of all posts on RMweb are in theory influenced by them!

I do hope our colleagues at work don't see this. It will do nothing to enhance the image of the railway modeller :rolleyes:

The quality of the photo's are great, what camera did you use ?
Hi musketter. Actually, it's a cheap point-and shoot camera from Olympus, at least 4 years old now. It has two big advantages: (1) a decent macro/close-up function, and (2) a very small size which means it can be plonked down virtually anywhere on the layout.

Ironically, I recently bought a Nikon SLR which is light years ahead for everything else, but which I struggle with for layout photography as I don't yet have a macro lens for it, and it is also more sensitive to good lighting. So until I can afford a macro-lens for that and some good lighting, I'm happily snapping away with the cheapo point-and-shoot.

I can't believe I never commented on your quality modelling in this scene.That fish van is exquisite.

Hi Robin, thanks - and yes I agree that Richard's Fish Van is superb. He runs this interesting site which has some very useful info on GWR 4-wheelers, and examples of his Welsh modelling. 

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