The railways around Cleveland and Darlington hold a certain fascination and here are two 1950's Darlington 51A allocated locos.
Firstly 46472 which started life as a cheap unused LMS version from eBay. The factory printed lettering was removed from the tender/cab sides with the aid of enamel thinners and gently rubbing with a cotton bud.
46472 being a Darlington built example which was fitted with a tall chimney. Comet used to do one of these but are currently out of stock. Brian at 247 Developments does a fair representation of the taller fitted example. The exisiting chimney was removed carefully with a pair of Zuron trackcutters and the base made good. The 247 whitemetal casting was then glued into place with CA.
The smokebox and cab roof where picked out in Tamiya NATO Black. Tamiya matt black acrylic made the sides good ready for new numbers and lining from Fox. The lining is really good to work with and went on easily. Smokebox numberplate from Fox as well.
Weathering was kept light using Valejo/Tamiya acrylics sealed with a coat of Valejo satin varnish.
Following along a similar process 76050 was another eBay purchase for around £40. The previous owner had damaged parts of the loco and removed the cab numbers. I made good the paintwork using the aforementioned paints. A telephone call to the excellent Bachmann spares department came up trumps and an accessory pack was obtained. Repair, reassembly and fitting the accessory pack finished the main body of work and a very light weathering as per the above process completed the repair. Numbers by Fox once more. Real coal as per 46472 was added.
Both are nice locos and it's been a good project to complete the work on them both and enjoy seeing them running. Here they are on my photo plank.
Thanks for looking.
46444 in the flesh.....