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The 90xx Dukedog classes were obviously synonymous with the Cambrian system and as you'd expect many of them passes through Oswestry Works over the years, in fact probably all of them did at some point! Modelling the works gives a good excuse to model a number of Dukedogs and I've been researching not just which ones frequented the works the most often, but the many varied combinations of components, such as position of smokebox lampirons, sandboxes above/below the footplate, small/long/no whistle shield, parallel or tapered buffers, fluted or fish belly rods.. the list goes on! (for an excellent and comprehensive list of variations see http://www.gwr.org.uk/no-dukedogs.html)


1954 to 1959 is the main focus of the diorama as this is the period I have found works registers for. The table below shows which 90xx's were in the works and how often:




Dukedog's that stand out for me as options to model are as follows:



- 3 times in the works between 1954 and 1959

- Spent her whole life on the Cambrian (allocated to MCH, ABR and OSW)

- Above footplate Sandboxes

- Tapered Buffers pre 1958(?) Parallel afterwards

- Fluted rods

- In store in Oswestry for 2 years before withdrawal in July 1959



- 4 times in the works

- Oswestry Works carried out minor overhaul before her departure to the Bluebell



- 3 times in the works between 1954 and 1959

- Parallel Buffers & Tall Whistle Shield

- Red background plates and GWR Button Motif still just about visible on the tender!

- Withdrawn 1960


Finally either 9004, 9014 or 9022, to represent the class with a topfeed. Most likely Croes Newydd's 9014 as she featured on railtours


Another aspect to the research has been the great fortune of having Bluebell's 9017 only 40 minutes away at Sheffield Park! I made a visit a couple of weeks ago and spent a bit of time with her getting some reference photos. It'll sound daft I know but after spending so long looking at photos, books, websites etc, actually seeing 9017 in the flesh felt like visiting an old friend!




Here's some of the reference photos, I hope they may be of use to anyone else looking to add a little extra detail to the Bachmann Dukedog:


1. Traces of the cab spectacle windows filled in



2. Footstep on the tapered buffers



3. Steam heatpipe fittings



4. Pipework under the running plate



5. Same pipework where it enters the cab



6. Front pony detail, will be a challenge removing that unsightly coupling pocket from the Bachmann!





7. Smokebox, Handrail, Chimney details



8. Fisheye shot inside the cab


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