Recent work includes the completion of four Cambrian 'Herring' ballast hoppers in P4, which will be used on 'Callow Lane' (and in due course, my planned Forest of Dean cameo layout) and also on Re6/6's 'Parkend Marsh Sidings' layout:
Here are the four Herring so far completed. All are unsprung and uncompensated, having established (prior to recent lockdowns) that this format runs OK on Re6/6's Marsh Sidings layout.
As 'Callow Lane' isn't set up at the moment and as I can't visit Re6/6 to pose them on 'Marsh Sidings' either, here they are precariously balanced on my OO layout 'Bethesda Sidings':
The part-loads visible in one of the above photos hide the fact that there is a quantity of liquid lead in the bottom of the hoppers of each wagon. There really isn't anywhere else on these wagons to put sufficient weight, in order to aid road-holding in P4. Without it, they would just be too lightweight and would probably keep derailing. I wouldn't even run such lightweight wagons in OO, to be honest. The two left hand wagons have removable 'full loads' of Whitecliff Quarry ballast and the two on the right will be similarly fitted in due course. Each wagon now averages 45 grams.
I've also built a Chivers 'Ling', also in P4 and also not compensated or sprung, but also with a decent amount of weight underneath.
Also posed on 'Bethesda Sidings':
Also converted to P4 recently is this Hornby 'Toad'. Apart from a small amount of plastic that needs to be removed from the brake gear assemblies on each wheel, it was a pretty straightforward conversion, although I've also done this one rigid. A hole was also cut in the floor of the van area and a decent amount of lead glued inside, to bring the weight up to 50 grams. It's still awaiting weathering at the moment:
Since the above photo was taken, the brake van has been re-lettered (using Cambridge Custom Transfers excellent product) to a Lydney van.
Whilst I had the transfers and weathering powders out, I also lettered and weathered a couple of OO Grampuses and an old ex-GW 3-plank wagon (all built many, many years ago):
Finally, I've recently had four P4 converted diesels back from Tom Foster, who has done an utterly brilliant job weathering them for me. Here they are, again posed precariously on 'Bethesda Sidings':
All the diesels will be used on 'Callow Lane' in due course.
Edited by Captain Kernow