I thought I’d do a little fleet rundown as I took a few photos the other day, but first a big thank you to @jcredfer for taking the time to do a wee trackplan for me which is here:
Now that’s better. Thanks Julian!
Ok first up I have the Farish 2 car 108 and the Dapol dummy 121 Bubble Car:
TMC supplied the 108 and I got them to weather it. I need to change the destination blinds on it at some point because it’s heading to somewhere up north at the moment...
The 121 was a birthday present from my other half which I weathered myself and is perfect for the line in this era. Both of them have a bit of extra (although not necessarily correct) pipe detail on the outer ends.
I’ve also disconnected the lights on the coupling end of the dummy.
Next is the first N gauge loco I bought which is Dapol 33 - 33102:
Again weathered by me (although I wish I’d read some of the tips that @Duncan. mentioned in his thread before starting).
I also removed the coupling socket and added the buffing plate and some pipes plus the buckeye etc.
The second loco I bought was the Farish triple grey 47 - 47209 Herbert Austin:
I like the model but it’s probably the one that causes me the most problems with poor running... I seem to have to constantly clean the wheels and track to get any kind of decent tune out of it.
I’ve weathered it a little and added some detail to the front but I wanted it to look fairly smart as it would have been a fairly new livery in the period I’m going for.
Graham Farish 37 - 37035 in Dutch livery:
I had to get this because around that time I had a run behind it towing an HST from Exeter to Plymouth and back...
These Farish 37s do sit a bit high unfortunately with quite a noticeable gap between the body and the bogies, but I do really like it and it runs nicely.
I bravely cut the NEM socket off one end and mounted the ploughs to the front bogie so that I could fit some pipes and whatnot on the bufferbeam.
It’s also been weathered by me (I really don’t like the nose aerials).
Dapol 33008 Eastleigh:
The most recent arrival. As with 33102 I cut the NEM socket away and then adapted the snowploughs in the detail pack so that the centre one was removed and the outer ones were filed down to make them smaller as per the Southern Region 33s.
It’s also had extra pipework/coupling etc added as well as a dose of weathering.
Dapol class 50 50032 Courageous:
This is another TMC weathering job. I actually sent them a load of photos of the real thing and I’m very pleased with what they did for me.
I realised later on that the crests were missing by the time it became a ratty DCWA machine but I love it and it’s pictured above with my version of the Exeter spare set from its runs to Barnstaple around 89/90.
This is my friends photo of the real 50032 at Barnstaple in 1990. What a filthy, disgusting, disreputable, wonderful machine:
Apart from the above I’ve got various stock including Cargowaggons, VGAs, a Polybulk and a mail train that looks the part behind a 33 or the 50.
Here’s a silly clip of the 50 on a van train at night...
Although I’d like to buy so much stuff I’m trying to keep to the things I remember and that worked on the line.
Next up has to be a 31 or two and I may well go for sound with one of the 31s. I particularly like the look of the refurbished 31/1 in original railfreight. Mmm....