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Sproston - now a Gresley BG on the branch!

Posted by sigtech , 11 June 2018 · 322 views

Hello everyone, well I suppose this was inevitable, I have given in and purchased ANOTHER BG - this time it is a 61'6" Gresley one, ( and very nice Hornby model ) in BR maroon. This will make a pleasent contrast to the BR MK1 BG from Bachmann, in crimson and cream that I purchased last month. This will also be the last vehicle for which I have two sets of B.K. modified couplings for - so technically my last rolling stock purchase. - We shall see...

 

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Since then both models have had new lamp irons fitted, using my normal method of small staples and matt black paint ( Humbrol 33 ) to enable them to carry a tail lamp - if necessary, the Gresley model has had its inside sidewalls and ends painted brown, and the end gangway doors a scruffy teak colour. The ride height has also been adjusted using a couple of homemade fibre washers fitted over the bogie pivots. The pics will hopefully explain it all...Still to do is paint those horrible shiny buffers matt black!

 

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Other little jobs involve fitting an extra driver in the rear cab of the class 22, and also in the rear cab of the 'bubblecar'. I have found that for a diesel or dmu to arrive with an obvious visible crew in the cab, only for the unit to depart later on with the leading cab empty is not a good look!! ( problems of a branch terminus ) Steam locos of course do not suffer this problem. So a compromise is to fit a single driver into the rear cabs - I suppose he could always be hitching a ride or route learning...

 

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That seems to be it for this month - more goings on from Sproston next month...comments - good or bad always welcome!
Regards
(SIGTECH)
Steve.

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