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Class 73s

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The Fatadder

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Given the slight change in focus of the layout, Class 73s are suddenly useful again. The plan is to do a rebuild focusing on the chassis for now, rebuild with Bachmann 25 power, full separate underframe, bogie steps. Will fit the old Shawplan roof grills for now at least, and hope for some better parts.

 

I have one model thats been fitted with etched grills for the side grills, and needs new cantrail grills to replace broken parts. I would like to replace the lot, and probably will if some decent etches appear...

 

As for the fleet, I've been trying to work out which locos to model.

 

73003 (E6003) Sir Herbert Walker in BR Green, prototype was withdrawn in 1996 so its a bit earlier than the period I am modelling, but I will let that slide for now. This will be at the back of the queue for work though and I do have an untouched chassis under it just in case I decide to retire it.

 

73109, Battle of Britain in South West Trains, will be powered at one end only (no point making a 'thunderbird' loco AWD) this helps make my pile of 25 bits last a bit longer...

 

73101, Royal Alex in Pullman, along with the other modifications this needs to be renamed from Brighton Evening Argus. Given its lima this will be fun.... Guessing it will need the cream resprayed, so will keep an eye out for a swap for a Hornby body... This is intended to work on my VSOE set, and will hence get a full AWD chassis.

 

73129, City of Winchester in faded NSE, 1 driven bogie,

 

Then I have 4 other bodies, 2 dutch and 2 primed.

 

From these there are 2 liveries I want for certain, at least one in EWS, one in Mainline, and one other.

 

So I am thinking:

73128, OSV Buillid in EW&S, had already got the plates for it planning to do it in Dutch so will do nicely in EWS. again this will probably be a 1 bogie job, and will be a full respray. as such it will be one of the later locos to get sprayed (just in case bits appear...)

 

73131, County of Surrey, in EW&S, again this will be another full respray. Half tempted to do this unpowered to use as a pair for double heading (either for VSOE or TPOs)

 

73133, Bluebell Railway in Mainline blue, full respray with added detail to ends with WIPACs, 1 power bogie.

 

Finally 73108 in Dutch, again as per the rest with one power bogie. this will be resprayed (to renumber) and fitted with the chassis/roof detailing.

 

I have a feeling that I have a finished chassis thats still at Andi's, which may/maynot have another body on it. in which case there is possiblly one more loco to decide on......

 

Work will hopefully start tomorrow

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beaten me to the quick Rich!

 

Since ive been working on 73118, my appetite to do more 73s has grown!, currently watching a Dutch version of 73128 on Ebay!

 

I think though the Lima version is best as, unlike the Hornby one, the paintwork is a bit easier to remove, and the Lima Pancake is a bit smoother as well, that said im looking to replace the motor in mine ..

 

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Excellent, more 73s! I'm planning on doing <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/zabdiel/galleries/72157623011963982/>E6043/73136 Perseverance</a> in the new year. I've not worked out what I'm going to do about powering it yet.

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Funnily enough Zabdiel I had that loco in mind also!

havnt seen the real one in a while ... but Ill put up my planned locos in my own blog thingie

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beaten me to the quick Rich!

 

Since ive been working on 73118, my appetite to do more 73s has grown!, currently watching a Dutch version of 73128 on Ebay!

 

I think though the Lima version is best as, unlike the Hornby one, the paintwork is a bit easier to remove, and the Lima Pancake is a bit smoother as well, that said im looking to replace the motor in mine ..

 

NL

 

Certainly prefer working on the lima version, the Hornby re releases have much too many livery errors for my liking (speaking of which best check that there arnt any on 73101 before I start looking for a body...) Cant abide the Hornby 73 chassis either.....

 

The 73 is one of those odd locos that really appeals to me but im not sure why.

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there are many, but bot hmodels have the rather flat looking high intensity headlight, Earleir Versions of the Hornby 73 chassis were without traction tires and couldnt pull the skin off a rice pudding!

 

The Lima motor is a smoother performer tha tthe Hornby one also, although trying to find a decent Lima model on Ebay at time of writing this is thin on the ground..

 

The 73 is a versatile locomotive, being powered by DC eletric and diesel power makes ait a good choice for layouts, as the real prototype quite frequently ventured away from Southern DC line territory!

good example: 73202 last week was used on Stewarts Lane to West Ealing loop , and as well all know the GWML hasnt got DC lines, but AC lines from Paddington to Hayes, so all the 73 had to do is but turned onto diesel power! great!

 

NL

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there are many, but bot hmodels have the rather flat looking high intensity headlight, Earleir Versions of the Hornby 73 chassis were without traction tires and couldnt pull the skin off a rice pudding!

 

The Lima motor is a smoother performer tha tthe Hornby one also, although trying to find a decent Lima model on Ebay at time of writing this is thin on the ground..

 

The 73 is a versatile locomotive, being powered by DC eletric and diesel power makes ait a good choice for layouts, as the real prototype quite frequently ventured away from Southern DC line territory!

good example: 73202 last week was used on Stewarts Lane to West Ealing loop , and as well all know the GWML hasnt got DC lines, but AC lines from Paddington to Hayes, so all the 73 had to do is but turned onto diesel power! great!

 

NL

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