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James Hilton

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Inspiration comes in lots of forms, who would think the humble shed - the engine that marked the beginning of the end of heritage traction in regular revenue earning service with EWS - would fall into this category!

Add to that huge potential in the lovely Bachmann model it seemed a no brainer for Paxton Road. Then it happened - Martin (Pugsley) showed photos of his Class 59 project and the decision was made... one day I'd do a 66! Tony's beautiful SD50 build showed a fabulous range of scratchbuilding techniques that both inspired and encouraged me to progress this project. My plan? To scratchbuild, kit bash and fabricate myself a super detailed Class 66 - complete underframe pipework, hosing, valves and chains to start with... and then a detailing and weathering job to show off the finished product!

 

So a second hand 66 was picked up (it's actually 66022 - with sound decoded removed - not that that will matter as it will be renumbered) a few months ago and since then I've been aquiring the necessary detailing parts to make a start... This week the final pieces were purchased from the US and from Eileen's Emporium - so this blog post marks the start of the project and outlines the history of the class, the model and proposed parts list.

History of the Class 66

(Taken from Wikipedia)

 

When Ed Burkhart bought Transrail, Mainline and Loadhaul (and later Railfreight Distribution and Rail Express Systems) to create English, Welsh and Scottish Railway (EWS) in 1996 he inherited many locomotives at the end of their useful life or of doubtful reliability. EWS approached General Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD) who offered a derivative of the Class 59 with a more modern engine and traction package, designated JT42CWR. Additionally, the design incorporated General Motors' version of a steering bogie - designed to reduce track wear and increase adhesion on curves.

 

In the end 250 were ordered by EWS (now DB Schenker) and orders followed from Freightliner, DRS, GBRf and Fastline. All build at the EMD factory in London, Ontario, Canada. Their reliability and performance have probably been a key factor in the continued existence of rail freight in the UK.

Modelling Resources

Brian Daniels: Class 66 Modelling Details

 

Proposed parts list

First steps

So what's next?

Once all the parts arrive I'll strip down the Bachmann model into it's component parts carefully storing screws, fastenings and removable detail. I'll then start on the chassis, stripping down to just the chassis rails...

 

Questions, comments, encouragement or extra detailing ideas, suggestions and photographs welcome! I thought I'd share progress on here as I go along so keep your eyes peeled in the coming months!

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Having often wondered why these locos inspire admiration when my interests lie firmly in the BR Blue period, and wondered whether one could be acquired for a little playing (detailing) and appropriate weathering, I now wait with baited breath for what is likely to become a must-view blog... So, Jamie... off you go, and spare no details explaining what where when how and why.... we'll be watching... and possibly, quite possibly following your lead ;)

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I don't know why these loco's attract admiration either - 59's are much better ;)

 

I'm glad to be a part of what inspired you James - it makes taking the effort to put details of the 59 build online worthwhile. I'll be watching how you get on with interest.

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Will this build include a sound chip with the actual prototype loco's sounds on? I'm sure there must be something unique to the prototype that would show it as different to one in the know!

 

I too will be watching, as much for inspiration to get something of my own done as to see what you do!

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Bomp that's an interesting idea!

To be honest I've not picked which 66 to model yet. I don't want anything other than totally mundane so no extra stickers, odd doors, name etc... 66030 is a strong possible at the moment (as I'm 30 this year).

I've got a DCC controller and a sound equipped 37... but I'm not 100% convinced myself. Let's see how the build goes, if it's well then I'll look to incorporate a sound chip - probably cheapest to buy a new sound loco, remove the chip and speaker for this model, and then sell on the DC new model.

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Hi James,

I too was highly inspired by Tony's SD50 build, i wish you all the best with this, very worthwhile, project and will follow with interest!

Cheers,

John E.

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59s are much better ;) But will be interested James on this project and will follow with interest, and may inspire me to do a Bachhy shed too!

 

NL

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Been looking forward to this after you mentioned it was on the cards. I'm really tempted after seeing Martin's 59 in Model Rail, the stanchions and piping alone make a huge difference.

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Thanks guys - I hope it lives up to the early promise! From early scoping out it just looks like a massive pipework job! I'm going to try and model all the pipework runs, and show valves, joints etc where I can. I've got some thin elastic (thanks to 43179 at DEMU Showcase!) to do the flexible pipework, and some chain of various sizes for extra details. Brian's detail photos are superb - and I've got Jo Alders too (IIRC), I'm quite excited about starting but will wait until all the parts have arrived and I can draw up a project plan!

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Am I the only one who thought this entry was going to be about a garden shed? With a layout in it?

I'll get me coat...

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Hehe, sorry Paul! The pun was intended to draw in the unsuspecting reader!!! However my garden isn't big enough for an ultimate shed :P

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MR receintly had an article about detailing a 59... which I thought was useful. Hoping that yours will complement and enhance. 59s... 66s... still trying to spot the difference. OK, I'll get my coat

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Jon - that's Martin (Pugsley)'s 59 project - he did the work on the forum and then wrote up that excellent article! I too hope to complement and enhance!

 

Spot the difference? Hehe - light clusters, front top headlight, bogies are the obvious ones... grill shape and size are different and the later 66s had smaller tanks and extra doors.

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James,.. that's what I#d spotted. Thought I'd missed something they being from opposite sides of the north-south border:D

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James, if you were going to create a EWS class 66 an unusual one ive spotted arround is 66177 which has white cab roofs. I dont know why they were painted like this but it may be an interesting feature which i havent seen on a model shed before.

 

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Thanks Matt but I'm actually after a completely ordinary and run of the mill 66! :) Mundane and day to day captured in miniature :)

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The white roof is part of the cab environmental improvements trialled by EWS there were talks of drivers boycoting the class. Trying to post piccy but can't seem to. Will post it on my Washford heath gallery. The photo I took seems to show only one white roof. ps how did you post the picture.

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Hi Grunfos - thanks for posting. To share a photo in a reply to a blog you need to copy the 'BB code' from the gallery. Once it's uploaded, view the image in the gallery. There are some options on the right hand side, one of which is 'Share this image'. Click on this if it's not expanded. The top line is 'BB Code' - copy (use Control C on the keyboard) this and paste it in here... it should have [ URL] ... [ /URL] at the start and end. Then when you hit post, hey presto it appears...

 

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Interesting it looks like only one cab was done - I wonder if that end gets hotter?

Still I won't be modelling 177 - it's too unique! I still think 030 is a good bet. We'll see when we get a bit closer smile.gif

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James, if you were going to create a EWS class 66 an unusual one ive spotted arround is 66177 which has white cab roofs. I dont know why they were painted like this but it may be an interesting feature which i havent seen on a model shed before.

 

66177-02-04-09-2Z99-EASTUSK-FAIRWATER-CREECH.jpg

 

I would imagine those roofs are white for cooling/lack of heating porpoises.

 

Edit for note to self: don't go shopping, then buy and eat Chinese between writing reply and posting it.

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Hehe - no problem Bomp. Thanks for all the interest and comments guys. Next post when the stuff arrives from the states!

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Well well, a very interesting project indeed. This may be the inspiration I need to get 66170 finished. I look forward to seeing the work when it begins!

66177 had both cab roofs painted white, the one at the exhaust end just tends to get covered in clag biggrin.gif You can just make it out in the picture

Another loco (the one that was at Toton for years as a spares donor) now has a fresh maroon roof one end where the white test application has been painted over.

Anyway, back to the mundane and 66030 laugh.gif

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Thanks Jo :) This is the first time I've had comments over two pages on a blog entry! Now we know - 20 comments on a page :P

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