Sunday, August 5, 2018

Type 3 Diesels

It is time, now, to feature the Type 3 diesels that we currently have in our fleet. These number just four, at present, and are as follows:

CLASS 33 DIESEL-ELECTRIC - 33025 'SULTAN'
The fleet of Class 33's, or BRCW Type 3's, was built for the Southern Region by the Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company between 1960 and 1962.

There were 98 of these locomotives built, which were also nicknamed 'Cromptons' after the Crompton Parkinson electrical equipment that was installed in them, and they were originally numbered D6500 - D6597.

They proved to be very reliable locomotives and, during 1980 for instance, were only attributable to 5% of train failures on the entire Southern Region.
Some 29 members of the class have been preserved, including the larger version of our own model.

This particular locomotive began life in 1961 as, I believe, D6543. 

She was then renumbered to 33025 in December 1975. 

She has also had a bit of a yo-yo existence, being withdrawn in February 1988 before being reintstated in November 1988.

She was withdrawn again in August of the same year, before being reinstated yet again in December 1999. 

She was withdrawn once more in February 2001 and sold to DRS in December of that year. Following an overhaul, DRS then reinstated her in July 2002. 

Three years later, in September 205 she was sold to WCRC, Carnforth and, in October 2006, she was renamed 'Glen Falloch'.

Our model is by Heljan and it's Catalogue Number is: 3312. 

Since purchase she has been professionally weathered, albeit only lightly, and fitted with a sound decoder with Howes Sound files installed.

Like the full size Class 33's, our model is an extremely reliable locomotive and is used on a variety of passenger and freight duties where she always gives sterling service!
CLASS 35 DIESEL-HYDRAULIC - D7035

From a reliable diesel electric Type 3 to, possibly, the most reliable diesel-hydraulic locomotive of any class. 
A whopping 101 Class 35 'Hymeks' were built by Beyer Peacock (Hymek) Ltd between 1961 and 1964 yet, sadly, many of them had very short lives with all of them being withdrawn by 1975 in favour of diesel-electric locomotives.

Uniquely, they were the only Type 3 diesel-hydraulics to be built and, happily, four of the class survived into preservation, namely: D7017 and D7018 at the West Somerset Railway, D7029 at the Severn Valley Railway and D7076 at the East Lancashire Railway.

Our model is by Heljan and its Catalogue Nº is 3508.

She has also been professionally weathered, indeed, quite heavily so in her case! She has also been fitted with a sound decoder with Howes sound files installed.

As I say, she is a great little locomotive and is in regular use for both freight and passenger work and is also quite often seen pottering up and down the branch line.
CLASS 37 DIESEL-ELECTRIC - 37057 'VIKING'
This is the first of our two Class 37 locomotives which, like the Hymek, has also been heavily weathered since purchase. She is by Bachmann and the Catalogue Nº is 32-781DS.

A massive 309 of these highly successful and very popular Type 3's were produced and some of them can still be seen today on main line freight workings, proving just how good these locos were and still are.

The bigger brother of our loco began life in 1962 as D6757 and was renumbered on the 31 December 1973. It was later named 'Viking' in November 1989.

Fortunately she still survives today and was recently acquired by Colas Rail.

As far as our model is concerned she is used to haul a variety of trains, both goods and passenger. She has been fitted with a sound decoder and has Olivias Trains sound files fitted which are, in my opinion, one of the best Class 37 sound files out there!

CLASS 37 DIESEL-ELECTRIC - 37251
The second of our Tractors, and the final Type 3 in our fleet, for the moment at least, is 37351. Like 'Viking', above, she is also by Bachmann, Catalogue Nº: 32-781. 
She has also been weathered, since purchase, although not to the same degree as her stablemate. 

She also has a sound decoder fitted but has Howes sound files installed and, although these are very good they are not quite up to the same standard as Olivias.

The original 37251 was built in 1964 and was originally numbered D6951, renumbered to 37251 on 31 December 1973. 

She was then named 'Gladiator' on 13 November 1989 before being unnamed on 1 January 1990. She was renamed 'Northern Lights' on 4 November 1992 before being unnamed once more on 28 February 1998.

She was sadly withdrawn on 7 December 2001 and scrapped at the end of September of the same year.

Like 'Viking' she is called upon to perform a variety of work, from express passenger services to humble freight duties and carries out both with great aplomb!

Friday, June 29, 2018

S&DJR Locomotives

Last weekend we doubled our fleet of S&DJR locomotives, in Prussian Blue, to four when we acquired a Fowler 3F 0-6-0 'Jinty' and a Fowler 4F 0-6-0, both by Bachmann.
Therefore, I thought I would feature all four of these handsome locomotives in the blog.
First up is the 'Jinty', Nº 23, which has been DCC fitted and runs very well indeed. It currently does not have sound but that will be added in the future. The Catalogue Nº is 32-233 and the loco dates from 2013.
Next is the Hornby Class 2P 4-4-0, Nº 44, Catalogue Nº R2217. We acquired this loco a few months ago and she is yet to be fitted with DCC. Compared to the Bachmann locos here, she is very light but is a lovely looking locomotive and one that complements the others very well.
Now we have the Bachmann 4F 0-6-0, Nº 58, Catalogue Nº 31-880K. This is a very special loco since it was produced in 2013 for the Bachmann Collector's Club and is quite difficult to find now. She is fitted with DCC and, like the Jinty, runs extremely well. She, too, will have sound fitted in due course.
Finally we have the Bachmann 7F 2-8-0 Nº 88, Catalogue Nº 20-2012, which also dates from 2013. This is the only loco here to be fitted with sound (Howes, of course) and she also has non-working lamps fitted, in the S&D passenger train configuration.
The cab detailing, on both the 4F and 7F, is quite stunning and the coal, in the 4F tender, is die-cast metal, which provides the loco with a good deal of weight that, in turn, gives her a bit more pulling power.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Swanage Diesel Gala 2018

On Friday we made our annual pilgrimage to the Swanage Railway Diesel Gala and Beer Festival. As always it was a great day out spent riding behind various vintage diesels and sampling various excellent ales!
Below are some of the photos taken on the day, featuring some of the diesels that we travelled behind.
We arrived at Norden just before 8:00 am and decided to walk to Corfe Castle to catch the 08:30 train to Wareham, having never travelled on this stretch of line before. The photo above was taken at Norden, as we commenced our walk to Corfe Castle.
This photograph was taken in Corfe Castle and anyone who knows the village will appreciate just how difficult it can be to take a photograph here with the road devoid of any traffic, especially in the summer months. Maybe the fact that it was only 08:00 am helped!
At Corfe Castle station, the first Wareham shuttle service of the day arrives on time at 08:30 - headed by D6515 ...
... and tailed by 20007.
50049 'Defiance' was one of two Class 50s used during the gala. The second one, 50031 'Hood' was actually a replacement for Class 37 37521, which was unfortunately unavailable. Here we glimpse Defiance through the trees at Norden as she backs onto her train to form the 10:00 from Norden to Swanage.
 Now we see her on Platform 1 at Swanage having arrived and been released from her train.
 Meanwhile, on Platform 2, is Class 45 45041 'Royal Tank Regiment'.
Also on duty during the weekend was this Class 35 Diesel Hydraulic 'Hymek' - D7017. This provided me with my first ride behind one of these lovely locos and doesn't she look great in her BR Green livery?
A head-on photograph of D7017, standing on Platform 1 at Swanage.
A couple of photographs showing inside the engine compartment of D7017.
The Class 45 arrives at Norden with the 12:46 from Swanage.
... while 'Hood' and 'Defiance' await their next turn of duty. Of course, the Class 50s never did carry this rather striking Inter-City livery during their working lives, although they did come very close during the late 1980s! Personally, I think the colour scheme suits them extremely well!
A close-up of Hood's nameplate and crest.
A final shot of Hood, at Norden, having arrived with the 18:15 from Swanage. This should have been hauled by 20142, in its London Transport livery, but, sadly, had to be replaced by Hood when, apparently, its brakes failed.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Coaching Stock - Part 3

Time to feature some more of our coaching stock and, this time, it is the Lima Chocolate and Cream Mk 1s.
We have eight of these coaches comprising the following types:
BR Mk 1 Gangwayed Full Brake (BG)
We have just the one of Full Brake and its Running Number is W24680. The Catalogue Number is L305345 and this model dates from around 1980.
BR Mk1 Corridor Second Class (SK)
There are two Corridor Second Class coaches in our fleet, both with the Running Number W26070. This one has a Cambrian Coast Express coach board which has never been removed. The Catalogue Number is L305362 and it dates from 1982.
BR Mk1 Restaurant Buffet (RBR)
We just have the one Restaurant Buffet car. Its Running Number is W24760, the Catalogue Number is L305322 and it dates from 1980.
BR Mk1 Corridor Composite (CK)
We have two of these Corridor Composite coaches, both with the Running Number W24624. The Catalogue Number is L305313 and they both date from 1979.
BR Mk1 Corridor Brake Second (BSK)
We also have two of these Brake Second Class coaches. The Running Number is W24528, the Catalogue Number is L305333 and they both date from 1979.
Finally, and with nothing whatsoever to do with the preceding coaches, here we see Class 50 - 50011 'Centurion' - heading north, in charge of a short rake of small oil tankers.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Collecting Seacows

We had left a rake of Seacows, together with a 50T PROCOR hopper wagon in the Ballast Yard a couple of weeks ago so we thought that, this week, it was about time they were collected and put away for safety.
We therefore sent along 37057 'Viking' to do the honours and the photos below show her in performing her task admirably!
In the photo above, Viking has already collected the first few hoppers and is now reversing back into the yard to collect some more.
Here we see the Class 37 slowly inching her way through the cutting and around the bend ...
... and into the yard.
Now we see her reversing on to the two hoppers in the middle siding, the rearmost of which has been loaded with ballast.

A close-up of her coupling up to the two hoppers.

Finally, she couples up to the 50 ton PROCOR wagon ...

... before slowly departing through the cutting and away, much to the relief of the traffic being held up at the level crossing!

Details of the rolling stock are as follows:

Bachmann Class 37 37057 'Viking". Catalogue Nº: 32-781DS. Originally came with factory-fitted sound but has since been reblown with Olivias Trains sound files, which, I must say, are excellent!

Hornby Departmental YCB Seacow Hopper Wagons in Dutch Livery. Catalogue Nº: R6288.

Lima 50T PROCOR Hopper Wagon. Catalogue Nº: L305635.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Mail Order

As we have recently started adding a few items of Royal Mail rolling stock to our fleet we thought that we ought to add the Bachmann Scenecraft TPO Apparatus somewhere on the layout. 
This would then enable future Royal Mail trains to deliver and collect letters and parcels whilst on the move!
The Catalogue Nº is 44-045 and the apparatus comes in three pieces: 
A small hut in front of which there is yellow and black warning sign
A net catcher, to catch the mail bags that are thrown from the train
A post with two arms, holding mail bags ready for collection by the passing mail train.
Sadly this is a non-working item but it does look good and fits in well with our mail coaches.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Coaching Stock - Part 2

Time to feature some more of our coaching stock and, this time, it is our fleet of Lima Blue and Grey liveried Mk1's. 
We do have quite a few of these coaches since it enables us to compile two or three rakes for use on various types of services.
There are four varieties of these coaches in the fleet and they are as follows:

LIMA BR Mk1 CORRIDOR 2ND CLASS (SK)
We currently have six SKs in our fleet, all with the Running M25308 (Catalogue Nº: L305361) although these numbers will probably be changed in the future.

These coaches date from around 1982. 

LIMA BR Mk1 OPEN 2ND CLASS (SO)
At present we only have two SO blue & grey coaches although we do hope to add a couple more in the future. Both coaches are numbered E4630 (Catalogue Nº L305383) and, again, the number on one of them will be changed in due course.

These coaches date from around 1987.

LIMA BR Mk1 CORRIDOR COMPOSITE (CK)
We have eight CKs and all have the Running Nº W43671 (Catalogue Nº L305315). We definitely need to change these so that each coach is differently numbered.

They all date from around 1980.

LIMA BR Mk1 CORRIDOR BRAKE 2ND (BSK)
Finally we have four BSKs all of which are numbered W43281 (Catalogue Nº L305331) and all of which date from 1979.
All of these coaches have been weathered to varying degrees, especially the bogies and all run very well too.

With the exception of adding, maybe, a couple more SO's to the fleet, I think this is as many of these coaches as we need for the services that we run on the layout.

As such they can be seen on expresses, semi-fasts and stopping trains and are also used for seating accommodation on the occasional sleeper service.