Although the layout's supposedly set in GWR days, I'm not only content to run it in BR steam days, but also to push the clock forward to the blue diesel era - within a very loose timeframe that allows for hydraulics, pullmans, TOPS-coded diesels and Railfreight-era wagons to sit comfortably (or not) together. Even the odd sectorisation or green diesel may squeak in.
Here a few snaps from tonight's running session, hopefully providing a change from the usual staples of Castles and Kings!
A Bachmann Class 47 on a parcels train.
As the parcels service arrives in King's Hintock, a Hornby 08 potters in the yard with some Dapol cement wagons.
Before long a Bachmann Class 37 arrives with some Parkside Railfreight wagons in tow.
It's a demotion to mineral duties for this once-proud Class 43 Warship. Going out in style, though, as the blue rather suits these locos, I feel. This Bachmann model was a troublesome runner that has been transformed with the addition of new pickups.
The local heritage bus operator didn't get the memo to bring out something more in keeping with the period. The truth is, I can tune out the incongruous scenic elements when running the models but the camera is crueller...
We close this interlude with the arrival of the Western Pullman service - once the future, soon to be the past! I doubt that that cattle dock would still be there by 1973.
Hope this has been of interest, in a light-hearted way, and more will undoubtedly follow.