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Happier New Year Dear reader... If I still have any:unsure::lol:!!

Further progress on the "Lockdown Loco" or "Tier 4 Tank" as it later became...

Once the chassis was assembled and proved I moved on to the upper works.

The footplate is quite something, made from the same thickness Nickel Silver with a further brass overlay over almost all of it.

 

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As I think I was missing a page or 3 from the destructions, I was sort of on my own with quite a few bits of this but I battered it together using a mixture of solder, assorted photos, luck and imagination..

The cab front and back went on first..

 

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followed by the side tanks which were filled with pieces of printers steel..

 

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Then the boiler assembly was tackled which was "fun" and needed quite a bit of fettling to get it to sit level and fit where it was meant to....

 

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Once it was as correct as my limited skills would allow, I made up the bunker assembly..

 

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As predicted by a few people, the cab and roof was an absolute 'mare to get anything like right and is still not suitable for close inspection but from certain angles will be OK. I altered the cab roof of how it finally fits together by splitting  it into 3 sections so only the middle section is removeable, and that will be glued down once the interior is fitted out!

 

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This is how it looked a couple of days ago but it has since disappeared into the garage for a meet up with some paint!

 

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More soon

JF

 

 

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Here's the Lockdown Loco with a bit of paint and weathering splashed on. It represents the loco when at Bolton in about 1965. I may have actually seen it when I was taken down to the shed as a 3 year old by my brother whenever he got lumbered with looking after me!

It's still a bit of a noisy runner so the motor gearbox will be swapped for a better one when funds permit, but I think it looks the part now. I printed a home made front number and shed plate which will have to do for now. Once I've mastered the etched signal parts production, I'll have to learn how to do numbers and works plates etc:D

More Soon

JF

 

 

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I remember that loco arriving at Bolton (from Fleetwood perhaps?).  It was a replacement for 51408 the ex L&Y class 23 saddletank which always seemed to be shunting the cattle sidings under the Lever St. footbridge.      I wonder if there may have been a sharp curve there which required a short wheelbased loco?  A friend who was a fireman on them at Birkenhead referred to the class as "Rocking Horse Shunts". 47165 went on to be a works shunter at Horwich and was withdrawn from there IIRC.

Over the years I've built an example of most classes seen around Bolton but not one of these.... yet.  Your model really looks the part.

Cheers,

Ray.

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2 hours ago, Marshall5 said:

I remember that loco arriving at Bolton (from Fleetwood perhaps?).  It was a replacement for 51408 the ex L&Y class 23 saddletank which always seemed to be shunting the cattle sidings under the Lever St. footbridge.      I wonder if there may have been a sharp curve there which required a short wheelbased loco?  A friend who was a fireman on them at Birkenhead referred to the class as "Rocking Horse Shunts". 47165 went on to be a works shunter at Horwich and was withdrawn from there IIRC.

Over the years I've built an example of most classes seen around Bolton but not one of these.... yet.  Your model really looks the part.

Cheers,

Ray.

Many thanks for that! I had a photo sent to me by John Robinson of 47165 withdrawn at Horwich with what looks like another in front of it and a rebuilt Barton Wright saddle tank behind it which I used as a reference for weathering. Always nice to hear peoples memories of locos in service and I can imagine they did rather waddle about with that short wheelbase and outside cylinders!

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Cheers

JF

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Now these are a blast from the past! 9 years ago, I started this thread with the intention of building 4 of these Alan Gibson LBSCR coaches. I  built and finished 2 of them......

Sooo, its about time I got stuck into the other 2 I suppose:lol:

The chassis' are complete for all four so "all" I have to do is complete the bodies.

As supplied, nothing is provided in the kit to represent the guttering so some lengths of 1.5mm x 1.5mm brass angle were used for this job.

 

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Door bumpers were added from 0.8mm brass were.

 

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Next to be added were all droplights and a selection of door vents. A selection because a lot of the wooden ventilators were later replaced piecemeal with steel ones as they rotted.

 

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So thats all gutters, bumps, droplights and door vents fitted. Next up will be grabrails, hinges and door handles.

More soon

JF

 

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Hope you are well John - I still have the same Alan Gibson coaches awaiting attention along with a Connoisseur Adams O2 kit. I seem to have been sidetracked by the attraction of live steam so am working on several Gauge 1 projects at this time - I still visit this thread from time to time though ... All the best.

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27 minutes ago, Andy1066 said:

Hope you are well John - I still have the same Alan Gibson coaches awaiting attention along with a Connoisseur Adams O2 kit. I seem to have been sidetracked by the attraction of live steam so am working on several Gauge 1 projects at this time - I still visit this thread from time to time though ... All the best.

Ah, nice to hear from you! The live steam sounds fun!

JF

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