Well there we are, No. 203 in service. It looks all right from a distance, but harsh close ups show my lining inabilities. I did try some of the 2 part Fox transfers where you overlay black on a red/white line, but I just couldn’t get them to look right. The CR red/black/white was subtle with fine lines, hopefully one day a transfer maker will take pity on us.
Then again what matters is how it runs. These engines were built for trip and shunting work, so a bit of video showing 203 doing just that.
I’m quite pleased with that. It will never win races with a 90-1 reduction, but it has considerable tractive effort and is very smooth, all previous pickup problems eliminated. The acid test is pushing a full train backwards through pointwork buffer to buffer and it passes that easily.