It was two years ago last week I first came to this model railway forum. I came here to make friends, learn tips and advice, improve my modelling skills and share some of my stuff. And this is what I'm going to do right now.
My LNWR 19" Goods 4-6-0 made from an original B12 model is finally complete with accurate buffers and in original LNWR condition when it was first built. I love this class next to the Midland Railway 2511 Class 2-6-0 and my all-time top favourite the LMS Black Five 5-6-0 and it is a great and excellent mixed-traffic locomotive. Although none were saved despite coming into BR ownership and never receiving any BR numbering or classification or both, I think it would be a marvellous candidate for new build steam locomotives, don't you agree? And while we're at it, if Bachmann or Hornby are listening, a 00-Gauge model of the class would be nice!
There is something to be said about the original Tri-ang Hornby B12 model; sure it may lack in detail and the tooling is rather outdated, but there are several potential ideas for it and this is one of them. I'm working on an LMS version of the locomotive with Belpaire fireboxes and LMS safety valves. Let's hope for the best how that'll turn out. For the time being, I'm going to take a much needed break from locomotives and focus on the rolling stock from the exact Pre-Grouping period (that should fit exactly with the same locomotive classes of the time). My trip to Weymouth and the Swanage Railway will provide me with studies on Southern Railway/Region or LSWR steam garuanteed.