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Evening,

 

After my 009 diversional therapy (see previous entry) I thought I better get back to the micro-layout I'm building called Juniper Hill (JH) which is based on the ironstone quarry lines of Northamptonshire around Kettering/Corby.

 

I really need to get in the garage and start the track laying and wiring. Once this is done I can at least start playing trains :)

 

However, there were a few bits on the workbench to finish including these two locos that will form part of the motive power. I'm tempted to get a Hattons/Heljan ex BR Class 14 in BSC ownership as well. I've seen some nice shots of these locos running around Corby in the 1970's and the shed at Gretton Brook looks interesting.

 

Here's a link with a few photos of Class 14's in that area:

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrc31176/4378827419/in/photostream/

 

These two locos I'm building do not represent any protype's as such and are based on the motive power that worked the quarry lines. They also carry names which were carried by locomotives in real life.

 

First up is an Hunslet design which began life as a Hornby J94 in private owner livery. I've made a few alterations basing the look on the RSH built locos that worked around Corby.

 

 

 

I've added headlights made from Cambrian wagon kit sprue, opened the cab roof vent and replaced it with one cut from sheet brass. I'm waiting on a new set of buffer beams to come from RT Models then these will be added along with a set of Comet BR buffers.

 

I've sprayed this loco in the style carried by the RSH designs using Tamiya acrylics. I've preshaded the panel lines before spraying the green on which I think worked well. Masked off the lining with Tamiya tape before spraying. At present I've sprayed 'Klear' over the loco to provide a nice sheen prior to weathering.

 

Narrow Planet provided the custom nameplates-this loco being called 'Cranford'. I'm just waiting on the Hunslet builders plate to come when the next batch of etching is complete.

 

Next up is a Model Rail Sentinel. This started life as one of the GSR of Ireland versions. I thought this would be the easiest to strip off the numbers/crests etc as it only has a small number on each side and on the buffer beams.

 

I've put new handrails on it in the style of Chris Nevard's take on his Sentinel. I didn't alter the moulded coal though and have left this and will put real coal in once finished.

 

This Irish version didn't come with a whistle so I found an Hornby one in my spares box which as been fitted.

 

 

 

I finished this loco as above with custom nameplates from Narrow Planet once again. This Sentinel carries the name 'Twyell'

 

 

 

Obviously this loco is loosely based on 'Isebrook' that worked at Thomas E Gray's in Burton Latimer and is now preserved at Quainton Road.

 

There are a few bits to finish on these two locos and I will post an update soon when finished.

 

Now where's that soldering iron and the track cutters?!! :D

 

Cheers,

 

Mark

 

I think the driver of the Sentinel must have fish paste sarnies because there's a few cats around! :O

 

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