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  1. The Class 116 DMS is also now complete. The yellow on the lower front of the cab reacted to the varnish, but I can live with it. I forgot to put the rear buffers in for the images. Just to finish the DMBS now!
  2. 1976 25083 was a Scottish Region loco in 1976 allocated to Eastfield and Inverness. Here we see it in Auchentogle station on a passenger service although the headcode was more apt for a freight. Perhaps the driver didn't bother to change it since they were abandoned in 1976? A Bachmann model bought second hand, weathered and detailed by the previous owner. 20057 was a Tinsley loco in 1976 and had somehow strayed into the Scottish Region where we see it in the loop at Glentogle with some mineral wagons. It will head down the branch once the DMU arrives. This was a recent Bachmann purchase as new and fitted with an ESU sound chip. I need to get back to making some videos...
  3. Back to this, after a few weeks travelling... 1975 The DMU fleet has been suffering due to mechanical troubles and a lack of spares for the AEC engines. Most are laid up on the fuel point awaiting attention. Replacing the AECs with Leylands might help availability in the future. The branch has had to resort to a Class 47 and a couple of coaches. This is an old Heljan 47 weathered by its previous owner. The driver has forgotten to change the headcode for this working.
  4. A little more progress with the Class 116. The power cars needed some filler at the end of the brass overlays: When I started the project I had envisaged the set for the early/mid-1970s with the route indicator still in use. However I found some "GG" (Greater Glasgow) logos and I thought they might be great on the 116 instead. They were on a PC Models Pressfix sheet that was about 35 years old, so before I committed an wanted to make sure they were of use. Some decalfix helped. Success, so they were now to modelled on the late 1970s, when some vehicles had the route indicator plated over (as an example https://www.flickr.com/photos/134227013@N08/51715019843/). A piece of paper glued on was suffice for that. Here is one of the power cars with just the yellow end to paint: The centre car progressed faster, as less painting steps were needed. I decided not to do a lot of detailing: door handles, commode handles, door hinges, end handrails etc. are clearly missing in these images, but for my eyesight during normal running I don't notice their omission. Maybe someday... Windows were from a Peco Bullhead point packaging. I fitted NEM sockets and Kadee No.18 couplings, not prototypical but far better than the tension locks. It retains the tiny Lima buffers for now until I source some larger ones
  5. 1974 Class 27 Push-pulls had been operating the E&G services since 1971, and here we see one in Auchentogle station, with the stabling point being eerily empty: Our Glentogle view for this year is taken from the goods yard, with a Met-Camm on the branch service in the background. One day I'll get back to progressing the layout itself.
  6. For the Class 116 centre car, none of these had toilets, so the pipes on the roof of the Lima 117 had to be carefully removed. The roof vents are the wrong type, but something I'll live with. The Lima 117s have gangways, which my ScR prototype did not have. First the end detail would be cut off (this is the centre car): Then I made a filler for the gangway holes (this is the DMBS, with the holes for the exhaust): Thinking that no matter how much I filled and sanded the gap between the two layers I would still see a an outline of the doorway, I decided to stick a sheet of paper on the end - thinner and easier to cut the top curve than plastic. I smothered the end in glue then stuck on a bit of paper, ensuring the top was pushed into the roofline: Once set it could be easily trimmed:
  7. 1973 We see a Class 27 arrive into Auchentogle with a parcel rake of pre-grouping stock. In the summer months a Class 122 single car DMU was used to provide an extra Auchentogle - Glentogle service at peak times. This was for the seasonal staff of the Glentogle Distillery, most of whom lived in the town of Auchentogle. During the day it was stabled in the siding at Glentogle until the return evening trip, although some days it was added to the branch service to give extra capacity for visitors to the Distillery.
  8. 1972 DMUs from the (North) Eastern Region were not too unusual in Scotland, particularly on school specials from the Newcastle area. Here we see one of these in Auchentogle station: The yard shunter at Glentogle is currently Barclay 2414, which in 1972 was allocated to Dunfermline Townhill and would later become 06002. This Hornby Railroad model has the best 0-60mph of all my locos.
  9. I cut out the upper bodyside to suit the new window arrangement. I made sure there was space all around for easier attachment of a glazing strip later. I left the occasional vertical strip temporarily to stop the bottom getting too floppy. The handrails were removed from the cab front - the ones between the cab windows were quite a pain to do! I drilled the marker lamp holes slightly bigger as there was too 'metal' around the lens. The destination box had some plasticard added to form a top then filled/sanded to create the missing section of dome. The brass sides had some extra length at the cab end, giving the user the option to form the cab corners and use the supplied ends to make a complete brass body (sans roof). I cut off the excess brass with scissors. I also made the choice - which I may regret later - to only butt the bodyside up to the underside of the rainstrip, as placed in the image below. To get the proper door top alignment it would mean cutting off all the riveted underside of the gutters. Or cut a thin strip off the top of the brass, which I doubt I would be able to to neat enough. One thing that will stand out later is that instead of the rivets being raised from the bodyside, they will be inset. Here is the number one side just before glueing on the brass to show how much was cut out: The bodyshell with the first side glued on: And the second side added. This was the glue I used, and the clips were left on overnight for it to set.
  10. I recently did a 110 to 104 conversion and all it needed was some plasticard, filler and paint. Not the best job in the world but I'm perfectly happy with it, given my skill level.
  11. 1971 Two early morning trains seen in 1971. First, a couple of views of 9021 with a London bound service in Auchentogle station. On the branch, the first train of the day has a CCT full of newspapers attached to the DMU.
  12. The Swindon cab was finished off with some Westhill Wagon Works jumpers/cables and vac pipes. I scratched a "1" into the right hand headcode box, only one side seems to have been in use towards the end of their time on the E&G line. It still needs wipers and horns when I can get those. It was weathered to match this image (from the 53A Models of Hull Collection flickr): The next DMU conversion is well underway. I have two sets of etches from Worsley Works, one for a Class 100 and one for a Class 116. I thought I'd start with the easy one as the curves on the Gloucester are a bit daunting. For the three-car Derby unit the DMS is being done first, using a Lima body as base. The lower body profile is wrong on the Lima model. In the image below, the left side is untouched and it goes outwards in the vertical direction until level with the marker lamp where it turns tightly inwards. It should be a more gentler curve starting at waist level, and I've been sanding the side on the right and it already makes quite a difference. A start has also been made on cutting down the headcode box. All door hinges and handles were cut off. I also cut off the raised window frames, although later I found that wasn't required. Next step was to mark out for cutting the plastic away from where the windows are. The spacing was rather different on the Lima one!
  13. 1970 At the dawn of the new decade we see a Class 27 arriving into Glentogle station with some grain wagons for the local distillery. 1970 was the last full year of the Swindon Inter-CIty DMUs on the Edinburgh - Glasgow line. Although their reign of the services was short (1957-1971) those 14 years were longer than most of the diesels that followed, the Class 27 Push-Pulls lasted just 8 years (71-79), the 47/7s 11 years (79-90), the 158s, 10ish years (1990-2000?) . The 170s seem to have surpassed the Swindon units lasting 18 years until electrification. The model was based on the following image from the 53A Models of Hull Collection dated as circa 1970. It was unusual to see an 'intermediate' power car on the end of this service.
  14. 1969 We see one of the less successful diesel locos in Auchentogle station - Class 29 D6129. This had been an Eastfield loco since 1960 and would be withdrawn in October 1971. The branch is been worked by a mixed-livery hybrid 101/105 DMU. It is seen arriving into Glentogle station. The Lima 101 has a roof pod that needs removing, it's about 30 years after this before they were fitted.
  15. 1968 1968 saw some new faces on the Scottish Region. On the DMU front some Gloucester bubble cars were transferred north from the Western Region, and here we seen one working on the branch at the Glentogle stop: Co-Co EE Type 4s were now regulars on Anglo-Scottish services. Here is one in Auchentogle operated by D402. It's just a Lima model the multiple working gear removed to reflect those early years:
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