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A Tender for No.184 - part 2


MikeOxon

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I realise that I left matters hanging with the tender for No.184, in my post of almost two years ago!

 

The awful truth is that I rather lost interest, when I found that I had made the frames of the locomotive too wide, so that the outside cranks tended to bind. I simply couldn’t face starting again from scratch until, quite recently, I hit on the idea of simply cutting off the folded edges of the plate which supported these frames and fitting new support members, made from short lengths of Broad-gauge bridge rail. These supports were placed closer together, taking advantage of the ‘narrow gauge’ represented by 00 wheel-spacing.

 

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Once I had soldered the frames onto these rails, I found that there was now sufficient clearance for the wheels to rotate freely, when the outside cranks were fitted, so that, in principle, I now have a working engine – once I get around to fitting a motor and gearbox.

 

The tender was largely complete when I wrote the earlier post. Since then, I have added springs above the footplate, wheel-bearings, and wheels. The paint is Rustoleum Dark Green, which has the bluish tinge required for a Wolverhampton locomotive, with Burnt Umber acrylic on the frames. The grease-type axle-boxes on both the locomotive and the tender are simply small rectangles cut from a length of brass strip. Further additions, still to be applied, are toolboxes and a suitably high coal load – old photos often seem to show a remarkably large mound of coal on these small tenders!

 

Having made these changes, I decided it was time to wander down to North Leigh and see how it was looking in the evening light. The setting sun was floodlighting the hills near the lime kiln, beyond the buildings of the creamery, while the oil lamps on the platform had already been lit.

 

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No.184 was heading the local service from Oxford to Witney, with its train of old coaches, probably dating back to the sixties. On the adjacent track, more modern Dean coaches can be seen, including a clerestory 6-wheeler composite to diagram U29, forming an Oxford-bound train, which was in the charge of Stella class no 3505.

 

I was not surprised to find Amy Wilcote with her easel near the station. She seemed to feel that I have been neglecting North Leigh and wondered why I was spending so much time “thinking about those old Broad Gauge things”. I assured her that I will aim to spend more time in future, attempting to finish a few of the many projects I started – not to mention Blanche’s dresses :)

 

Mike

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  • RMweb Gold

Hi Mike, very nice to see No.184 making a comeback. The Wolverhampton green is a little hard to assess in the evening light, but it does look good to me.

 

I'm very interested in the tender. Can I ask what springs you used for it?

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Hi Mikkel - I felt it was about time that I revisited North Leigh! 

 

That green does seem to change with the light - in artificial light, it looks very green whereas in daylight (skylight), it is quite blue.  That photo was taken under mixed lighting, since there are fluorescent tubes above the back of the layout whereas it really was evening sunlight at the front!  The tender has come out a little bluer than the engine, although the paint was from the same bottle, after standing for a couple of years.  I had however used some semi-matt varnish on the engine because it was initially far too glossy.

 

Your question about the springs is slightly embarrassing - I was casting around for something suitable and found some from one of the Airfix 'City of Truro' kits that I often 'mine' for spare parts.  I thought I had some white metal ones somewhere but couldn't find them (usual problem!)  I painted them black, to represent greasy springs, but think they look too dark, so may try using the green with a dirty wash.

 

Sorry you can't see 'Stella' - she's hidden behind the old coaches, which have warped a little but it helps the 'venerable' look :)

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  • RMweb Gold

Your question about the springs is slightly embarrassing - I was casting around for something suitable and found some from one of the Airfix 'City of Truro' kits that I often 'mine' for spare parts.  I thought I had some white metal ones somewhere but couldn't find them (usual problem!)  I painted them black, to represent greasy springs, but think they look too dark, so may try using the green with a dirty wash.

 

Thanks Mike, and not embarassing at all I think - that sounds like a good source of springs. Maybe I should get one of those kits next time I see it on ebay, they are usually very cheap.

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